If you are like most people, you wear those fashion sunglasses to protect your eyes against harmful UV rays. The fact that they block direct sunlight and save you from headaches doesn’t hurt either. Still, there is another reason to don the shades on sunny days: they can help in the fight against crow’s feet. Yes indeed, sunglasses do have anti-aging benefits of sorts.
Dermatologists say that squinting, smiling, and frowning all contribute to developing crow’s feet in our later years. You certainly don’t want to stop smiling, and frowning is unavoidable to some degree. Squinting is different in that you can prevent it much of the time. If you squint at the sun, wear sunglasses. Go see your eye doctor if you’re squinting because you can’t see clearly.
The Cause of Crow’s Feet
Do a little online research and you will find lots of different causes for crow’s feet. In the end though, all those causes boil down to the same fundamental truth that skin loses its elasticity as we age. That loss of elasticity is ultimately the primary cause of all wrinkles.
The skin is designed to stretch like a piece of fabric. There are certain components in the skin, including collagen, that give it its elasticity. But as we age, the body no longer produces them in high volumes. The less collagen in the skin, the less elastic it is.
The thing about squinting is that it breaks down collagen in those areas where the wrinkles form. Regular squinting combined with the loss of elasticity actually encourages the development of crow’s feet. Here’s where a good pair of sunglasses comes in.
Large Enough to Prevent Squinting
Wearing sunglasses alone will not prevent crow’s feet from developing. But when combined with a few other strategies recommended by dermatologists, they can help. The secret is finding the right pair to cover your eyes. They have to be large enough to allow you to go about your normal routine without squinting.
Olympic Eyewear, a Utah company that designs and distributes more than a dozen different brands of sunglasses, reminds consumers that the size and shape play important roles in deciding on the right pair of sunglasses. It is not just about how they look on the face, it’s also about the coverage they offer.
Sunglasses with lenses too small to provide adequate coverage are not going to keep you from squinting. They may look fashionable, but they will not block enough light to allow you to relax those eye muscles.
Consider Wraparound Sunglasses
If you are especially concerned about squinting and you cannot seem to find a pair of regular sunglasses you’d like, Olympic Eyewear recommends you consider wraparounds. Wraparound sunglasses sport either a single piece construction that wraps around the side of the head or separate lenses on each of the arms. In both designs, direct sunlight is blocked from the size of the face as well as the front.
If you’re still having trouble even with sunglasses that appear to be large enough to prevent squinting, try wearing a hat along with you shades. A hat with a wide enough brim to block direct sunlight from your face will do the trick.
There isn’t much we can do about getting older. We also cannot force the body to produce more collagen than it wants to. So if you’re looking to prevent crow’s feet as you age, do what you can to avoid the types of repetitive muscle movements that only lead to wrinkles. If you can avoid squinting by wearing sunglasses, it is a step in the right direction.