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How To Prevent Crow’s Feet With Aloe Vera Gel.

Aloe vera gel, derived from the plant of the same name, is one of the recommended treatments to naturally combat wrinkles around the eyes, called crow's feet. Rich in polysaccharides, trace elements and vitamins, it has several beneficial properties for the skin, especially for the sensitive eye contour area. Find here how to (almost) get rid of crow's feet wrinkles naturally.

Crow’s Feet Wrinkles: Definition and Causes.

A charming feature for some, a source of complex for others asking themselves how to prevent or get rid of crow's feet. These wrinkles are small furrows dug around the eyes, from the outer corner to the temples. Fanned out, these expression lines are caused by daily facial muscle movements: talking, smiling, squinting or frowning. 

In addition to being particularly solicited, the periocular area, or eye contour, is relatively sensitive. The skin in this area is 4 to 5 times thinner than on the rest of the face. Apart from the successive and repetitive contractions and relaxations of the muscles around the eyes, other factors cause the appearance of crow's feet wrinkles.

Age and environmental factors such as UV rays from the sun and exposure to pollution promote skin aging. This phenomenon affects the entire face, especially the area around the eyes. It is explained by a loss of structure in the extracellular matrix, accompanied by a decrease in the natural production of active ingredients such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Less resistant and hydrated, the skin loses firmness and elasticity, thus favoring the formation of wrinkles.

Other factors, related to lifestyle, also contribute to premature aging of the skin and the appearance of crow's feet wrinkles. These include lack of sleep or hydration, stress, smoking, a diet low in vitamins A and C, etc.

Aloe Vera Gel, a Natural Treatment Crow’s Feet Treatment.

Aloe vera gel is suitable for application to sensitive areas of the face, such as around the eyes. This natural substance can be used as a preventive or corrective solution to crow's feet wrinkles. 

How to prevent crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles with aloe vera.

Aloe vera gel contains several active ingredients that act simultaneously to ensure the skin's hydration. It contains several amino acids and hygroscopic polysaccharides which enable it to limit the evaporation of water on the surface of the epidermis, thus preventing the appearance of fine dehydration lines. These small superficial striations appear on the areas of the face where the skin is most fragile and are explained by a weakening of the cutaneous barrier, gradually leading to the evaporation of water from the epidermis.

The application of aloe vera gel also helps to fight against cellular aging induced by oxidative stress. The vitamins A, C and E in its composition are antioxidants capable of neutralizing the free radicals, partly responsible for this premature aging. The latter are also eliminated by glutathione, a molecule naturally present in the body and whose synthesis is stimulated by aloe vera gel. Finally, it increases the production of metallothioneins, proteins that also have an antioxidant role and increase the resistance of cellular tissues to oxidative stress.

How to reduce crow's feet wrinkles with aloe vera.

Aloe vera gel has a tightening effect on the skin and reduces the appearance of crow's feet and other signs of skin slackening. Its composition rich in polysaccharides allows it to stimulate the activity of fibroblasts, which are responsible for the production of elastin and collagen. These molecules belong to the extracellular matrix and both participate in the maintenance of the structure of the skin and its good behavior. Aloe vera gel thus contributes to smoothing the skin, particularly around the eyes.

Several studies have highlighted these properties. Scientists have observed a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles, after daily application around the eyes of a crow’s feet treatment containing 8% of aloe vera for 4 weeks.

The application of aloe vera gel on the 

eye contour can be combined with hyaluronic acid 

to increase its effectiveness.

Topical Application of Aloe Vera Gel: Precautions To Take.

Aloe vera leaves contain two main substances: the latex, also called the sap, and the gel. The sap is mainly composed of aloin molecules, potentially allergenic when applied topically. This is why only the gel is used in skincare.

In addition, the gel is purified to eliminate all traces of anthraquinones, allergens present in the plant. The topical use of purified aloe vera gel does not have notable undesirable effects, it is regarded as not harmful.

However, it is recommended to perform a tolerance test before using it in a treatment. To do this, apply a small amount to the hollow of the elbow and wait 24 hours. If you do not observe any adverse reaction, you can use it.

It is also best not to combine aloe vera gel products with creams containing steroids, such as hydrocortisone. These compounds are likely to interact, with aloe vera causing an increase in the effects of the steroids.

Sources

  • PANFOLI I. & al. Antioxidant role of metallothioneins: a comparative overview. Cellular and Molecular Biology (2000).

  • MAIA CAMPOS P. M. & al. Moisturizing effect of cosmetic formulations containing Aloe vera extract in different concentrations assessed by skin bioengineering techniques. Skin Research and Technology (2006).

  • HAMMAN J. H. Composition and applications of Aloe vera leaf gel. Molecules (2008). 

  • SAPLE D. G. & al. Aloe vera : a short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology (2008).

  • LOIS C. & al. Formulation of Aloe juice (Aloe vera(L) Burm.f.) sheet maskas anti-aging. Pharmaceutical Technology (2016).

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