How much time do you put into the way you look every day? While this number is different for everyone, investing some time into your appearance can really help you to go out into the world more confidently and feel better about yourself. I started going to spas and salons a few months back, and it was really nifty to see how many services they offered that could really improve my life. I decided that it would be incredible to work with other people to teach them about spas and salons, since they can make you feel renewed and refreshed.
What are crow's feet and how can you treat them? These fine lines are an inevitable part of the aging process. But this doesn't mean that you have to live with noticeable wrinkles. Take a look at what you need to know about crow's feet, prevention, and treatment options such as Botox.
Are Crow's Feet Common?
Yes, crow's feet are common fine lines found on the face. These lines start at the outer corner of the eye and, as the name implies, branch out in a crow's foot-like pattern. Like other fine lines are wrinkles, crow's feet are a result of the natural aging process, use, and the effects of the environment (such as the sun's UV rays and air pollution).
What Causes Crow's Feet?
Now that you know the general causes of crow's feet, it's time to get more specific. Skin loses elasticity as it ages. Combined with a reduction in oil, this can put you at risk for wrinkles. Facial muscle contractions that happen when you smile can put pressure on the skin around the eyes. Natural age-related collagen loss combined with constant use can result in permanent marks or lines. Chronic UV ray exposure from the sun and other environmental damage from air pollution can speed up or worsen this process, making the lines more noticeable.
Can You Prevent Crow's Feet?
The answer to this question is yes and no. You can't stop or reverse the aging process. This means collagen loss will happen and you will eventually notice fine lines on your face. But you can reduce the use and environmental factors that impact the appearance of crow's feet.
Pay attention to the faces you make. While you don't need to stop smiling, avoid constant and excessive overly dramatic facial gestures.
You can also decrease the environment's contribution to crow's feet and use a sunscreen product. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to reduce early signs of aging. Not only can sunscreen help to slow the appearance of crow's feet, but it can also protect your skin from cancer-causing UV rays.
How Can You Treat Crow's Feet?
Again, even though you can slow down the progression of crow's feet, you can't stop your body from aging. If you already have crow's feet, you have a few options. Some people prefer to start with a hyaluronic acid or plumping cream. These topical products can help to smooth the skin, add a subtle type of volume, and reduce the appearance of some fine lines. But you may not notice an immediate or dramatic effect.
If you want to smooth crow's feet without the need to apply a daily anti-aging product, an injectable can help. Botox, or botulinum therapy, is an FDA-approved treatment for crow's feet. This type of injectable relaxes the facial muscles and reduces the look of fine lines. Contact your cosmetic medical provider or dermatologist for more information on botulinum therapy and its benefits.