Treating and Preventing Crows Feet
Believe it or not, signs of aging can begin to show as early as our 20s – especially around the eyes – and by the time you reach your 40s, deep wrinkles have set in around the eyes, along with other signs of aging or damaged skin.
Treating the Eye Area
The skin around the eye area is almost 10 times thinner than the rest of the face. It has very few oil glands, and lacks the natural moisture present in our skin. No wonder it’s the first area to age.
In addition to that, the area around the eye is constantly moving from facial expressions and blinking (more than 10,000 blinks a day!). Then there is squinting, rubbing, laughing, crying, sun damage and a whole host of other things that damage the delicate skin around the eye and add to the development of fine lines, dark under eye circles and puffiness around the eyes.
What to do? To being with, start treating the delicate skin around the eye in your early 20s. Early attention to the eye area will help slow down, or prevent, the development of crows feet and premature aging.
Crows feet – sometimes called ‘laugh lines’ – are the tiny lines at the outer corner of the eye that appear when you smile. The difference between crows feet and laugh lines is simple. Laugh lines disappear once you stop smiling or laughing – crows feet do not – they are permanent.
Crows feet form from repeated movement that affects the eye area, like smiling and squinting. Over time, as elastin and collagen levels in the skin diminish, the ‘endearing’ laugh lines that used to spring back into shape, become the permanent lines we call crows feet.
Prevention is the key to avoiding crows feet. There is a lot you can do to prevent their appearance, and it begins in your 20s.
- Wear sunglasses daily. This is the first step in preventing lines around the eyes.
- Use a gentle exfoliator daily. A cleanser with glycolic acid is ideal for daily, gentle, exfoliation. Using a product with glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin will help promote new collagen growth, which adds volume to the dermis. This easy step can help smooth out the early signs of crows feet and fine lines.
- Use an eye serum. A well formulated eye serum will do wonders for fine lines and crows feet. Products that contain antioxidants like Vitamins C & E can help stimulate collagen, tone and tighten fine lines around the eyes. Many eye serums contain caffeine to help reduce swelling around the eyes, increase circulation and brighten dark circles.
- Botox Injections. For those seeking more immediate and effective results, there is Botox – an injectable botulinum toxin. To date, Botox is considered one of the most effective treatments for Crows feet. That’s because the Botox targets to orbital muscle and temporarily paralyzes it. This relaxes the eye and crows feet disappear for about 3 – 4 months after treatment.
For those who don’t like the idea of injectibles like Botox , there are topical botulinum toxin products available that deliver similar results without the pain, and at a fraction of the cost.
Products like Organic Botox Serum are like Botox in a bottle. While the product delivers immediate tightening of the skin, the effect is not permanent – it lasts as long as the serum is on the skin. However, it is an ideal alternative to injections when you want to look stunning for a special event – or use it every day for a youthful, refreshed look all the time.
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