They say that “what your eyes can see, your heart can feel.“
When you wake up in the morning and look at the mirror, what do you see?
Do you see the beauty in you?
If you see crow’s feet at the corner of your eyes, what do you feel?
Some people feel that crow’s feet are the signs of pure and true happiness. However, others feel that crow’s feet are signs of aging. In essence, both answers may be correct. Indeed, what you see in the mirror is what your heart truly feels.
Crow’s feet are the tiny wrinkles you see at the corner or around your eyes. These are developed through facial muscle contraction when you smile, laugh, squint, or make other facial expressions.
Have you wondered why crow’s feet are sometimes called “laugh lines?”
Imagine this, when you feel true happiness, you smile and laugh, hence, making some muscle contractions on your facial muscles. In time, these muscle contractions develop and progress into fine lines and as it deepens it turns into wrinkles. And the wrinkles that develop around your eyes are better known as crow’s feet. Thus, crow’s feet are the results of your smiles and laughter, hence, “laugh lines.”
While smiling and laughing are triggers for facial muscle contractions that lead to crow’s feet, there are other factors that you may need to consider why crow’s feet develop. Other major triggers of crow’s feet include reduction of collagen as you age and exposure to direct sunlight.
Unlike fine lines that are shallow and mild types of wrinkles, crow’s feet are deeper and more pronounced. This makes crow’s feet more difficult to combat. While fine lines can be prevented by good quality moisturizer, crow’s feet need a more intricate treatment. Crow’s feet and wrinkles need the reproduction of collagen in the skin to restore its elasticity, softness, and vibrance.
Importance of Collagen to the Skin
What is collagen?
Collagen is the supplication of protein in the body that acts as a building block for the skin, muscles, and bones, including the ligaments. It is responsible for making your skin, joints, and tendons healthy, elastic, and strong.
Why is it important to the skin?
Studies prove that collagen has become the keystone in slowing down the process of aging. It can repair damages in the skin while maintaining a youthful glowing appearance. While collagen is necessary for scaffolding the protein that provides softness and elasticity to the skin, its production declines as a person ages.
Collagen is an essential supply of protein in the body and it embodies over 25% of the total proteins the body needs. It is in charge of making more flexible and resistant fibers that keep most of the body’s organs functioning properly.
Collagen sustains the skin’s elasticity, volume, and firmness to keep the body move and function healthily. Unfortunately, the natural production of collagen in the body reduces by age thirty. This gradual decline in collagen leads to the weakening of the skin’s epithelial structures. In time, these skin structures become thinner and thinner that which triggers the development of skin sagging and wrinkles.
Sagging and wrinkled skin means that there is a reduction of collagen, both in terms of quality and quantity. This makes the skin seem tighter, dry, and rigid. However, this does not mean that aging destroys the collagen that the body has, instead, it means that the production lessens.
It is safe to say that one of the true culprits to wrinkles and crow’s feet is the passing of time since it halts the production of natural collagen in the body and skin. However, other factors intensify the wear and tear of collagen in the skin.
Factors that Impacts Collagen
Stress is one of the “destroyers” of the skin’s existing collagen reserves. The more stressed you get, the greater impact it has in diminishing the collagen reserves of the skin. Thus, it is best to help yourself relieve everyday stress.
Another factor that may affect your body’s collagen reserves is poor diet and imbalanced nutrition. “Healthy eating means healthy living,” so they say. If you eat the right kinds of food, such will reflect on your skin. Eating foods rich in Vitamins A, C, and E is important to help maintain the natural collagen in your skin. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids can also help retain your collagen reserves.
One of the major triggers of collagen reduction is direct exposure to sunlight, especially during the time of the day when the sun’s heat is scorching to the skin. Exposure to sunlight does not only breaks down your collagen reserves but also limits the synthesis of natural collagen in the skin. One of the remedies for sun exposure is a tube of good sunscreen with the right SPF.
Ways to Compensate the Loss of Collagen
In as much as the process of aging cannot be stopped, the reductive production of natural collagen in the skin cannot be reversed as well. However, there are some measures that can help you compensate for the loss of collagen in the skin.
One of the most important necessities of the body is a well-balanced diet. Eating foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein can help prevent the destruction of collagen in the skin. Add the right amount of fruits and vegetables as these are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. Eat the right amount of fish, meat, eggs, and dairy since these foods are rich in protein and are a good source of collagen.
Take a good derivative of Vitamin E, which is a good booster of collagen and elastin in the skin. Eating food rich in vitamin E is the natural ways of ensuring that your body gets the right supplement of vitamin E. Vitamin E-rich foods include nuts, spinach, salmon, quinoa, and almond oil.
The most advanced way to compensate for the reduction of collagen in the skin is dermo-cosmetics. These are dermatologically prescribed formulas that can help combat the gradual loss of collagen in the skin. While dermo-cosmetic solutions do not replace the lost collagen in the skin, they can help maintain the elasticity, firmness, and resistance of the skin. These solutions usually come in ampules like proteoglycans.
Crow’s feet are signs of true happiness as well as the alarming fact of aging. However, inevitable it may seem, there is always something that can elate your woes about the progressing reality of crow’s feet. The depleting collagen in your skin can be prevented and compensated through food and vitamin supplication. You may also try some professional help from your trusted cosmetic doctors to help stimulate collagen renewal in the skin.
Whether your crow’s feet are a product of too much laughter or the inevitable signs of aging, we are here to help you turn them into young-looking skin. We have treatments that can help boost the reproduction, rebuilding, and replenishing of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Whether you go for home remedies or clinical options, SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors is here for you. We offer the most advanced skin care techniques that are sure to restore the suppleness, elasticity, and firmness of your skin. We will work with you to come up with the perfect treatment plan to combat your crow’s feet.
Just smile, we will help minimize your crow’s feet today!