What Are the Best Ways to Reduce Crow’s Feet?
The skin around the eyes is a primary facial feature that reveals your age and lifestyle habits, as it is often one of the first areas to show signs of weakening, damaged, or thinning skin. Just like how sleep deprivation or dehydration can leave you with dark circles around your eyes, if you smile and laugh often, little wrinkles can begin to develop around them as well. We use wrinkle relaxers at our Westlake Village practice to target these wrinkles, and we also recommend some other methods for preventing crow’s feet.
Crow’s feet—those little wrinkles at the corners of the eyes that look like a bird’s toes—are completely normal, so there’s no reason to panic if you start noticing these lines. In fact, they’re associated with happy emotions, and many consider them to be signs of a life well-lived. Some people choose to embrace these changes in their skin. Others, however, want to do something about them.
The primary cause of crow’s feet is the contraction of muscles around the eyes whenever we smile or squint, which causes the skin to crease. Combined with a gradual depletion of collagen, elastin, and natural oils because of aging, the muscle activity begins to leave lasting creases. To make things worse, sun damage and toxins from pollution or other sources wear down the skin, making wrinkles more likely. For some people, crow’s feet may look deeper and longer when they reach their 30s, while others might notice visible crow’s feet starting from their 20s. What can you do?
Wear Sunscreen All the Time
Sun protection is a must when it comes to preventing crow’s feet from becoming etched in. Wear SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum sunscreen all over your face even on cloudy days. Also wear sunglasses that filter UV light throughout the year.
Use Eye Creams
Apply moisturizing creams that are specifically designed for the eyes with ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.
BOTOX® is a standard treatment for crow’s feet. It’s very effective for these wrinkles because it hinders the chemical messages that triggers muscle contractions when injected around each eye.
To get more advice on the benefits of wrinkle relaxers, talk to the team at Pierre Skin Care Institute. We can help you find the best type of cosmetic injectable treatment to meet your goals. Call 805-496-9190 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.