As you age, your skin undergoes a lot of changes, especially the delicate skin around the eyes. That’s why one of the earliest signs of aging is fine lines around the eyes, also known as Crow’s feet. In fact, this is usually the first place wrinkles start to show on your face.
Crow’s feet or laugh lines refer to the wrinkles that extend from the outer corners of your eyes. These wrinkles are commonly referred to as ‘Crow’s feet’ because of their close resemblance to the footprint of a crow. They typically start small and then slowly getting more noticeable as we age.
The answer to this very popular question is yes. Repetitive facial expressions that occur when we are smiling or laughing contract the delicate skin around the eyes and can cause crow’s feet to appear over time.
The largest contributing factor to crow’s feet is ageing. When we get older, the body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, making it more prone to wrinkles. This means almost everyone will develop crow’s feet at one stage in their life. That said, some people notice them earlier in their lives than others.
The skin around the eyes is very delicate, and as a result, crow’s feet can occur at any age, including in younger adults in their mid-20s. Also, certain lifestyle activities such as excessive smoking or simply a poor skincare routine can mean that fine lines around the eyes start to appear sooner. For example, excessive squinting due to exposure to sunlight or smoking encourages wrinkles around the eyes to develop at an earlier stage.