Causes for Unattractive Crows Feet

No one wants unattractive crows feet, but there are solutions. In order to understand the solutions, it helps to first understand the causes.

Crow's feet are a kind of wrinkle that appears at the corner of the eyes. While considered normal signs of aging by many, not everyone gets wrinkles on their faces.

Genetics may have something to do with it. Good genes are always helpful, but more and more research shows that in the vast majority of cases, it is diet and lifestyle that affect how we age.

The lifestyle factors that can cause wrinkling include:

1. Excessive sun exposure

2. Smoking cigarettes

The dietary factors that may be involved include:

3. Lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet

4. Lack of protein in the diet

5. Poor nutrition in general


During sun exposure causes wrinkles, because of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules naturally present throughout the body. In some cases, they become frenzied. The sun not only increases the number of free radicals present in the skin. It also causes them to become frenzied.

When that happens, the free radicals start to damage the skin's cells and collagen fibers. Unattractive crows feet don't appear all of the sudden. They appear gradually over time, because it takes a while for free radical damage to become visible.


Cigarette smoke contains free radicals and causes the number present in the skin to increase. Air pollution can do the same thing.


The body has a system for handling frenzied free radicals. It is accomplished through the use of antioxidants. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals, before they can do any damage.
Fruits and vegetables are the best dietary sources of antioxidants. So, a lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet could be the cause of unattractive crows feet.

When the skin is nice and tight, wrinkles cannot be seen. In order to keep the skin nice and tight, the body creates new skin cells and elastic fibers on a regular basis. Old skin cells are sloughed off and new ones are created. The new ones make their way to the skin's surface to replace those that have been damaged. This is an ongoing process with thousands of new cells being made on a daily basis.


In order for our body to produce new cells, tissues and fibers, it needs amino acids. Amino acids are found in dietary protein. A lack of protein in the diet can cause unattractive crows feet and other wrinkles, because the body does not have the tools necessary to keep the skin tight.


Poor nutrition in general can be the cause. A lack of any essential nutrient will eventually show up as a skin problem of some kind. For example, a lack of vitamin C leads to the production of weak collagen. Collagen is primarily responsible for the skin's tightness.

Other causes of unattractive crows feet include squinting and habitual facial expressions. Regardless of the cause, there are good solutions for the prevention and repair of wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. You will learn how to stop unattractive crows feet in my next article. See author box below for more information.

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