How About Those Crow’s Feet?

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Do you have those fine lines around your eyes? When you wake up? During the day? When you go to bed? Are they a cause of constant irritation? Well, there may be some natural ways to keep those wrinkles at bay.

As you probably know, crow’s feet develop with age, with the late 30’s being the average age. Around this age, collagen and elastin production in the body slow down, and this leads to the formation of crow’s feet, along with other signs of aging such as sagging breasts and brown spots. The areas where the skin is the thinnest form wrinkles first. This means that the area around the eyes is the most susceptible. Every time you squint, smile, frown and even sleep, the skin around your eyes moves. Of course things like excessive sun exposure, smoking and pollution are all contributing factors to wrinkly skin as well. Not to be undermined is poor sleep and a bad diet. Excessive amounts of alcohol also leads to skin dehydration.

If you have crow’s feet, it’s time to take a stand against these unsightly wrinkles. Here’s a few natural methods you can use to keep them at bay:

1. Get rid of the sugar. Eliminate refined sugar from your diet. It destroys collagen and makes the skin weak. If you have a sweet tooth, eat dark chocolate. Chocolate heavy in cocoa contains epicatechin and catechin, two plane elements that protect against UVB sun damage.

2. Use egg whites. Egg whites help tighten skin, which is a great remedy for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet. Beat an egg white until you get a foamy consistency and apply it on the outside of the eye area and along the cheekbones. Leave it on for ten minutes and then clean the area using a cotton ball soaked in cold water. Do this twice a week.

3. Aloe vera. Use aloe vera as an aid to removing crow’s feet. It has antioxidant properties that help fight off the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Aloe vera also contains essential vitamins and minerals that help moisturize and tone the skin. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze out the gel. Apply the gel around the eyes before you go to bed and in the morning, wash your face with cold water. After you do this for a few weeks, you’ll have firmer, hydrated skin.

4. Avocado. Avocado oil cleans, protects and moisturizes the skin. The oil also promotes the assimilation of certain vitamins such as vitamin A (slows the signs of aging), vitamin C (supports toned, smooth skin) and vitamin E (an antioxidant). Mash up a ripe avocado, and apply the mash on your face. Leave it for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

5. Coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that contains high amounts of vitamin E. Vitamin E lubricates and nourishes the skin, and it contains linoleic acid that can reconnect damaged tissue, which can delay the formation of wrinkles.  Place a small amount of coconut oil in a bowl. Apply the oil into the wrinkles around the eyes, and gently massage in for a few minutes. Do this every night before going to bed. You can also substitute the coconut oil for vitamin E oil if you wish. Just break open two or three capsules.

6. Cucumber. A mixture combined with yogurt cools and soothes, while moisturizing and nourishing dry skin. Just puree together cucumber and plain white Greek yogurt, and rub the mixture on your face and leave for about 15 minutes.

7. Papaya. This fruit is rich in vitamin C that helps fight off free-radical damage to your skin and stimulates collagen production. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain that helps remove dead skin cells and tighten the skin. Gently rub a piece of raw papaya against the skin. Leave for 1O minutes or until dry and then rinse it off with cold water. You can do this once every day.