What Are They?
Crow’s feet is the common name for those pesky little wrinkles and fine lines around the outside corner of the eyes. Almost inevitable with age, both men and women will likely develop crow’s feet later in life.
Why Do I Have Them?
One of the most prevalent causes for the development of crow’s feet is sun exposure. Photodamage to the skin can break down collagen and elastin. The repetitive movement of squinting, along with UV damage, will also create a permanent crease at the corners of the eyes, forming what is known as crow’s feet wrinkles. As time goes by, fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage deepen, especially if preventative measures aren’t taken. Sunscreen and sunglasses with UV-protection lenses should be worn when out in the sun to avoid squinting. Proper and consistent protection can give skin the advantage it needs to avoid skin collagen breakdown.
Smoking is another major cause of crow’s feet. Smoking asphyxiates the skin, depriving it of oxygen. It also damages the collagen and elastin. Smoking contributes to an advanced progression of aging skin and deep-set wrinkles, especially crow’s feet. Again, repetitive movements, like squinting the eyes to avoid smoke, increases the development of crow’s feet.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
When over-the-counter creams, ointments, oils, serums, and balms just don’t work (and most of the time they don’t!), injectables and Botox might be your best option. (Check out this awesome infographic about the different options you have for injectables and fillers!)
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