Ever hear of laughing lines? They’re the wrinkles around your mouth that form according to your facial creases when you laugh. It’s a beautiful and perfectly healthy development, however because they are wrinkles they could make you look old, tired and worn. Smiling follows the same pattern, except instead of laugh lines you develop crow’s feet in the corners of your eyes. This repetitive movement causes creases, so each and every time you smile you reinforce the indents. Everyone smiles a bit different, but those people who use the muscles next to their eyes when they smile will develop crow’s feet earlier and more pronounced than people who primarily use lower muscles to smile.
Squinting is another culprit cause of crow’s feet. There are a couple easy tips to practice if you want to avoid developing crow’s feet prematurely. By wearing sunglasses every day year round, you avoid squeezing your eyes and the skin around your eyes to try to block the sun. Squinting from the sun is a repetitive movement and can cause the collagen and elastic fibers to break down and wrinkles to form. Not only that, but the sun’s rays do their own type of damage to the skin, which can cause age spots along with the creases. Wear UV-protection lenses in addition to SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen year round.
We spend almost two-thirds of our life sleeping. Smothering our faces into the pillow every single night is not the best way to avoid wrinkles, let alone crow’s feet. The most ideal way to sleep to avoid wrinkles is to lay on your back and use the support of a U-shaped pillow. Although, if you have sleep apnea or are considered a notorious snorer, it’s important to consult with your dermatologist or a sleep medicine specialist to determine if it’s safe to lay flat on your back. Another effective way to get good, quality sleep without creasing your face is to sleep on silk pillowcases. They’re not as expensive as you’d think, especially considering the comfort and wrinkle-resistant benefits it may provide!
By decreasing the use of wrinkle-causing muscles, crow’s feet will become less noticeable and less indented. Injections such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are useful treatment options that block the communication the brain sends to the muscles that cause micromovements. Learn more about these safe and effective anti-wrinkle injections!