Crow’s feet are one of those irritating things that come hand in hand with ageing, and it can be really hard to hide them, let alone get rid of them. Many people resort to surgery; face lifts, and Botox to remove these distinctive wrinkles – but there are other ways. If you want to know how to get rid of crow’s feet without Botox, then read on.
What causes crow’s feet
Crow’s feet are caused by ageing. As we get older, the skin loses its Collagen and Elastin, which are the things which make skin plump and smooth.
The skin around the eyes is thinner and less elastic than the rest of the face, which is why wrinkles often start here – that and the fact that we use our eyes for just about everything!
The sun’s UV rays can also have a huge effect on causing crow’s feet – sun damaged skin is far more susceptible to wrinkles that skin that is not regularly exposed to the sun. Pollution is another big culprit, as dirty air can cause damaging free radicals which affect the skin’s quality.
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Home remedies for crow’s feet
Although no one has yet discovered the Fountain Of Youth, there are a few things you can do at home to help prevent those pesky wrinkles.
- Up your Vitamin C intake. This vitamin firms the skin, and can also improve the texture of your skin and give you an overall brighter look.
- Make a face mask using Papaya. This yummy fruit contains and enzyme called Papain, which contains a lot of Vitamin C, and can provide a boost of collagen. Slapping the pulp of papaya on your face will exfoliate at the same time as tightening skin cells.
- Avocado is another great face mask ingredient, as it contains high quantities of Vitamin E. Simply scoop out the flesh, add a teaspoon of Aloe Vera and mash it together with a spoon before applying it to your face.
- Cucumber slices are not just for that “spa feel” – they genuinely help the sensitive skin around your eyes. Instead of just leaving slices on your eyes, however, remove the outer skin then grate a large cucumber, then place the pulp into a muslin bag and squeeze it out. Dab the resulting juice around your eyes, leaving it for 5 minutes before washing it off.
- Honey contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial to the skin, including Vitamins A, C and B6. Simply dab some organic honey around your eyes, let it soak in for 5 minutes then wash off with cool water.
- Castor oil, because it is such a good moisturiser, is excellent for the delicate eye skin. Apply a small amount to a cotton bud, then dab it around your eyes. Leave it on overnight, then rinse off with cool water in the morning.
Preventing crow’s feet
One fail safe way to prevent crow’s feet is to stop smiling. Luckily, this is not an option for most of us, and it is not a piece of advice I would condone!
Much better ways to prevent crow’s feet include:
- Using a really good sun cream. SPF15 or higher, applied daily to the whole of your face, will go far towards protecting your skin from the sun’s damage and premature ageing.
- Avoid polluted areas. This is easier said than done if you live in a big city, but you can make sure that you spend as much time in clean air areas to reduce the effects of the pollution.
- A good eye cream is a must for preventing crow’s feet. These are often infused with Collagen and Elastin, which can greatly help the skin’s defences.
- Going easy on the alcohol will help not only your liver, but your skin too. A night out can affect your skin, making it look older and more tired, so try not to hit the booze too hard too often!
- Drink plenty of water. Keeping your body and skin hydrated is key to a youthful looking face.
- Try to reduce stress in your life. Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to have fantastic effects on stress levels, which in turn will help the skin.
How to get rid of crow’s feet without Botox
There are many options for you, without having to resort to Botox. Some of these procedures are also medical ones, but they do not contain any Botulism!
- Eye creams containing Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid. These two things are rejuvenating to the skin, and can give brilliant results. You should introduce Retinol slowly; by applying just a small amount a couple of times a week and increasing the percentage when it suits you.
- Facial acupuncture can help with the skin, by encouraging the production of Collagen and Elastin. It is not painful, and highly effective.
- Skin tightening uses radio frequencies and thermal energy pushed deep into the skin, which can increase the blood circulation around the eyes and reduce the crow’s feet, leaving skin looking lifted and younger. This is a totally pain free treatment, which can show improvements after just one treatment.
- Laser treatment is one of the more painful treatments, but it is effective in resurfacing the skin and increasing the production of Collagen around the eyelids.
- Using a good SPF sun cream can help you immensely in the battle against wrinkles. Protecting your skin against the sun’s harmful rays will go a long way to reducing your laughter lines – and wrinkles on the rest of your face too.
How to get rid of crow’s feet without Botox is easier than you might think. You don’t have to succumb to chemicals injected into your skin to improve the look of your fine lines and wrinkles – go for a more natural way of reducing your smile lines. And don’t forget to keep smiling!