How to Smooth Crow's Feet
What You Can Do
Aside from not smiling, and we certainly don’t want you to do that, the number one thing you must do every day to help prevent crow's feet from starting is to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater around your eyes (and the rest of your face, too) every day. This is because most signs of aging on the face, including crow's feet, are largely caused by cumulative sun damage. This exposure results in a loss of firmness and an increase in wrinkles, including those etched lines you'd rather not see.
When it comes to choosing a sunscreen for the eye area, look for SPF products that contain the mineral actives of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which are generally mild enough for use in that area.
Along with daily sun protection, it's critical to follow a gentle skincare routine with products that are loaded with superior anti-wrinkle ingredients such as antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients. These are the types of essential substances skin needs twice a day to maintain its integrity and help defend it against environmental assault. These remarkably beneficial anti-aging ingredients help minimize other visible signs of aging too, like uneven skin tone. You’ll find these ingredients in certain eye creams, including our RESIST Anti-Aging Eye Cream, as well as in state of the art facial moisturizers that can also be used around the eyes.
Of particular note when it comes to ingredients are niacinamide and retinol. There is a lot of new and exciting research about how retinol (vitamin A) and niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) work on skin. They partner with other components of skin to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness, as well as prime the skin against moisture loss and increasing suppleness and feeling of firmness. They really are astounding.
If your current facial care routine doesn't contain a product with niacinamide or retinol, a good way to add these important ingredients is with our RESIST 10% Niacinamide Booster and our RESIST 1% Retinol Booster. Both can work beautifully with your current skincare routine.
Many people don’t think of exfoliating as being part of their anti-aging skincare routine, but the research is clear that it is a major element. We don’t mean using a scrub or a too-aggressive cleansing brush which actually damages skin. Rather, applying an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant around the eye area will work to improve skin texture, plump skin, minimize an uneven skin tone, and yes, diminish the appearance of those crow’s feet! This article has much more detailed information about how to exfoliate skin, as well as details on its multiple benefits.
These are the steps you can take right now to immediately improve the appearance of crow's feet, and at the same time help keep new ones from showing up. For more anti-wrinkle information, check out the Recommended Articles section below.
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