Crows feet is the name we give to the fine lines and wrinkles etched around the corner of the eye. It’s no secret that our eyes are one of the first areas to show the signs of ageing. Unlike other wrinkles on other areas of the face, crow’s feet can appear to look deeper or more pronounced on the skin.
What causes lines around the eyes?
The muscle surrounding the eye is called the orbicular occuli and on average we blink 15-20 times a minute causing this muscle to crinkle. In fact all facial expressions such as smiling will eventually cause lines and wrinkles. What you need to know is that the skin here is 40% thinner than the rest of our face, making it more delicate.
* Loss of collagen
Loss of skin elasticity and collagen combined with skin movement are the main causes of crow’s feet. Let’s take the first two…as we age our skin loses elastin (it’s stretch) and collagen (it’s plumpness), but sun damage, free radicals and hormone changes – all contribute to quickening up the process.
* Skin cancer
Getting back to collagen – remember UV rays break up your collagen fibres and if you are facing the sun without protective sunglasses you are simply asking for crows feet. Not just crows feet, you need to know that skin cancer is extremely common around the delicate eye area. Ensure when applying sunscreen you do so right up to your lash line.
However, crows feet can occur from your mid 20’s. Know that the skin around the eye is very thin and there is a lack of oil glands. So we have thin delicate skin without much natural moisture. The main reason why you should get into good eye skin habits from this age.
How can you prevent them?
Use eye cream containing antioxidants am & pm
Apply SPF on top of eye cream
Wear UV protective sunglasses
Wear a hat
Adopt a healthy diet
Apply retinol serum to outer lines
Don’t rub your eyes
Do not squint