The area around the eye is particularly vulnerable to signs of aging and can result in a phenomenon known as crow’s feet.
Crow’s feet are called crow’s feet because the wrinkles radiate from the eye, resembling the foot of a many-toed crow.
They start off small and become more noticeable as we age.
There are various treatment options to get rid of crow’s feet, such as aesthetic shockwave therapy, botox, and face masks.
There are also ways you can lessen the appearance of crow’s feet by taking preventative measures and using certain makeup techniques.
Keep reading to learn more about crow’s feet, how you can prevent them, and the best treatment options available to make them go away:
What are Crow’s Feet?
The term “crow’s feet” refers to the lines and wrinkles that form from the corners of the eye. They are particularly noticeable when you smile.
These lines can be static or dynamic. Static crow’s feet are visible all of the time, even when your face is at rest.
Dynamic crow’s feet appear when the muscles in your face contract when you talk or make facial expressions.
As you age, your skin gradually loses collagen and elasticity, which helps to keep it firm. As these proteins fade away, your skin becomes looser and does not retain its shape like it used to, resulting in wrinkles.
Crow’s feet appear because of the delicate skin that surrounds the eyes, an area known as the periorbital region.
This thinner type of skin is more susceptible to small muscle movements and will show wrinkles more easily than other areas of your body.
Can I Prevent Crow’s Feet?
Although crow’s feet are a natural part of getting older, you can take steps to limit the severity of the wrinkles and reduce their development:
- Limit your exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more when you go out in the sun.
- Use a moisturizer or foundation with SPF 15+ sunscreen for daily protection.
- Eat a healthy diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils to help protect your skin from damage from free radicals.
- Exercise to get your blood moving – this helps bring oxygen to your skin.
- If you smoke, think about quitting. Smoking produces free radicals in the body, which can cause wrinkles to appear sooner.
- Use moisturizers and eye creams with collagen, antioxidants, and Vitamin C.
Can I Conceal Crow’s Feet?
Crow’s feet can be difficult to conceal. Still, you can try applying a moisturizing cream under your eyes or using a silicone-based primer to fill in wrinkles before applying makeup.
When trying to conceal crow’s feet, go easy on the concealer and foundation. Too much will make the wrinkles look more pronounced.
Also, avoid using loose powder, as this can settle into wrinkles as well.
Overall, there’s no way to completely hide crow’s feet, but there are some effective treatments that can help reduce and even eliminate their appearance.
Best Treatments for Crow’s Feet
While covering up crow’s feet is a quick and easy way to deal with their appearance, it will never completely eliminate their existence on your face!
If you’re wondering how to get rid of crow’s feet, here are the best treatment options available:
Aesthetic shockwave uses acoustic pulses, not electrical, made of compressed air that passes through the skin and into the tissue to stimulate a regeneration process.
When used on the face to treat crow’s feet, aesthetic shockwave treatments remodel and repair the skin and underlying tissue.
It’s a non-surgical facelift that is painless and helps to smooth and tighten the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
It can also firm muscles, tighten connective tissue, and rebuild collagen to produce a more youthful and smooth appearance.
At Riverstone Wellness Centre, we follow up our aesthetic shockwave treatments with a 12-minute session in our full-body medical light pod to further stimulate collagen growth and tissue repair, as well as improve circulation and clear inflammation.
LED Light Therapy
LED light therapy uses red and infrared light that has been shown to increase collagen density and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This treatment for treating crow’s feet is safe and painless because there is no controlled damage done to the skin.
The light penetrates deeply into the skin to assist with collagen production in the lower skin layers. The new skin with improved collagen then grows out to the surface. The collagen fills in lines and wrinkles to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
Face masks can be a great way to get rid of crow’s feet since they can be made from a wide variety of beneficial ingredients, such as Vitamin C and retinol.
There are many anti-aging ingredients out there that can provide visible results when it comes to wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Look for masks that contain retinol, a powerful anti-aging ingredient, and albumin, which is a natural ingredient found in egg whites that helps to lift skin.
Follow the directions carefully when using a face mask.
Chemical peels are a type of chemical exfoliation that is best administered by a professional since it involves using a chemical substance to remove old skin.
By removing old skin, new skin is encouraged to regenerate, creating a smoother texture and reducing the look of fine lines and crow’s feet.
There are varying penetration levels when it comes to chemical peels, and a professional can help you determine if you need a light or heavier peel.
Botox injections are used to smooth out wrinkles caused by continuous muscle contractions, such as the muscles around your eyes when you make facial expressions.
This effective treatment for crow’s feet is best suited for individuals between 30 and 50 when wrinkles are starting to develop. It’s not effective on deep wrinkles.
Botox works by injecting botulinum toxin (it’s not toxic!) directly into the area with a tiny needle which causes the muscle to relax and prevent it from contracting.
This reduces the look for wrinkles such as crow’s feet and can often cause them to disappear entirely.
Despite what you may have heard, botox will not prevent you from making facial expressions! It only targets a small area of muscles, so using it to get rid of crow’s feet will not affect the movement of your face.
Botox lasts for up to three months.
Eye serums and topical creams, both over-the-counter and prescription, can also get rid of crow’s feet.
Tretinoin (Retin-A), for instance, is a topical cream widely used to combat the signs of aging by stimulating the production of new skin.
There are also many eye serums and moisturizers that work in similar ways.
However, many of these creams will not eliminate deep crow’s feet entirely. But they do reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.
Results of eye serums and topical creams can typically be seen within 24 weeks.
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Our aesthetic shockwave therapy has been proven to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and provides other amazing benefits as well.
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