When it comes to aging, crow's feet are a tall tale sign. The area around the eyes are almost paper thin; which, is why capillaries are visible. The skin surrounding the under eye area is especially sensitive to wrinkle formation, for this reason cleansing and application of products must be done gently (without tugging). Over time, exposure to the sun, facial expressions and improper cleansing techniques can lead to the formation of crow's feet.
Unless you are willing to pay hundreds and pain that stem from botox injections, there are few options to reducing the appearance of crow's feet. The naturally easy following tips can help you reverse the signs of aging without the use of harsh chemicals, pain or complicated steps.
Whip It Up
What's not to love about a naturally based DIY? More times than not, you can find all you need right in your kitchen with little preparation. The key to eliminating the appearance of wrinkles is to fill lines with a boost of moisture to “lift” deep set wrinkles and provide a luminous look. Here are two simple recipes that you can make in a matter of minutes to achieve noticeable results.
This ingredient is packed with proteins, amino acids and potassium that hydrate while lightening the appearance of dark circles. The proteins help to tighten and rebuild collagen fibers from the inside out. In fact, one study found that egg whites contain as many as 69 different major proteins. Egg whites are also high in Vitamin A which is known as a major anti-aging component and base for most retnoids.
Directions: Separate egg whites from eggs or purchase pre-separated, whisk briefly and apply egg whites onto areas of concern using gentle circular motions. Leave on for approximately 20 minutes. Remove by patting down skin with warm cloth.
Not only does yogurt make for a great low-fat snack, it is also packed with active proteins that can revive skin! Yogurt naturally contains lactic acid which is known to dissolve excess skin cells and minimize the appearance of pores. Along with lactic acid, yogurt also contains zinc (this helps facilitate skin cell turnover). Another vitamin found in yogurt is calcium. Aside from helping skin absorb Vitamin D, calcium prevents skin from drying while creating a moisture barrier.
When it comes to using this ingredient is is best to purchase a plain flavor (less preservatives added) and a Greek yogurt (the consistency is better for application).
Yogurt & Honey Mask
- Mix 1/2 TSP raw unfiltered honey and 1 TBSP of plain yogurt (optional add 1/4 TSP of argan oil)
- Mix all ingredients until fully dissolved
- Apply onto skin, leave on for 20-30 Minutes
- Gently wipe off skin with warm cloth in gentle circular motions
Boost The Moisture
When it comes to wrinkles, dry skin is one of the biggest culprits. When skin is dry, wrinkles become more prominent due to the missing protective barrier. Without this barrier, skin cells lose moisture from free radicals and oxygen. Over time, collagen and eleastin fibers weaken from less cell production. Water is the lifeblood that promotes healthy cell function and keeping skin taunt.
One of the easiest ways to boost moisture retention and production is to incorporate foods high in hyaluronic acid. This naturally occurring compound attracts and holds moisture up to 1000 times its weight. This mechanism allows skin to take on a more filled and healthful looking appearance. Rather than turning to dermal fillers to boost hyaluronic acid production, there are several foods to incorporate into one's diet.
Foods High In Hyaluronic Acid
- Bone broth
- Soy based foods (the higher levels of estrogen are thought to be boost production)
- Leafy greens
- Root veggies (potatoes are a great source!)
- Red wine
This super vitamin is found to in almost any anti-aging product you'll find on the market. Aside from Vitamin A, this vitamin is key to blocking free radicals. when used topically or as a supplement, there is no doubt that this vitamin help promotes cell turnover, is deeply moisturizing and improves the texture of skin. The only thing one should be weary of that when used as an oil, it can fairly heavy; even comedogenic. Those with oily/combination skin should avoid using Vitamin E topically.
It is best to use this product at night due to its heavy nature and its ability to act as a sealant for heavier creams that are used at night. If not being used topically, try to incorporate foods high in Vitamin E to reap the benefits.
Foods High In Vitamin E
- Sunflower seeds
- Pine nuts
- Wheat germ oil
- Almonds (highest source of Vitamin E)