Crow's feet and forehead wrinkles are usually the earliest wrinkles to appear on our faces. They can be a surprising and unwelcome addition to skin that has previously been wrinkle-free, and although it is impossible to prevent them complete, there are several easy ways that we can reduce their presence.
Preventing Forehead Wrinkles
Some people suggest that sleeping on your back, instead of on your side, helps to prevent wrinkles. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and so “pillow creases” can eventually become permanent. However, be sure to still get at least seven hours of sleep a night to keep your skin refreshed.
UV rays are terrible for our skin, causing over 80% of its aging. Tanning addicts beware: it will lead to many wrinkles later on. Apply sunscreen liberally to keep forehead wrinkles at bay. Also, be sure to moisturize your skin; consider a moisturizer that contains sunscreen for double the effect.
Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated, and eat foods that are rich in Vitamin A, C, E and K, such as citrus fruits, spinach, leafy vegetables and nuts.
Exfoliate regularly – replacing the old skin cells with new ones makes the skin tighter, decreasing wrinkles.
Preventing Crow's Feet
The main cause of crow's feet “photo aging,” aka exposure to sunlight. Not only do UV rays age the skin, but strong sun also causes us to squint, creating wrinkles around the eyes. As skin that has had extended exposure to the sun loses its elasticity, any squints gradually become permanent. As well as wearing sunscreen every day, it is important to wear a hat and sunglasses in the sun to reduce squinting and protect your eyes from UV rays.
Smoking is also a major cause of crow's feet, as we subconsciously squint our eyes to protect them from the irritants contained in the smoke. To reduce the appearance of crow's feet, it is therefore important to avoid smoking or spending time in smoke-filled places.
Another major cause of squinting is excessive use of a computer. Take breaks when using a computer, even for five minutes at a time, to rest your eyes.
Finally, be sure to remove all eye makeup before you go to sleep, as when these products are left on, they can age the skin. However, be careful not to pull on the skin as you remove them, as this too can encourage wrinkles and crow's feet over time.