Something every woman should know is the three steps to smoothing crow feet. Noticing those fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes; ones that radiate out from the corner of your eyes and start showing up in your thirties? Don’t despair. While you can’t eliminate them, you can make them less noticeable.
Crow’s feet or worry lines as they are sometimes called are caused by living and expressing your emotions. As you get older, the collagen and elastin fibers that underline your skin start to loose their elasticity. Every day when you smile, frown, squint, laugh and worry, the muscles around your eyes constantly contract and eventually the skin becomes lax and forms permanent wrinkles.
Prevention is the best way to avoid crow’s feet or at least minimize them. Don’t smoke. Smoking affects the flow of oxygen to the skin and also makes you squint. Stay out of the sun. Don’t tan. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and looses moisture easily. Use a sunscreen. Wear a hat and dark sunglasses. Long term exposure to the sun causes damage to the skin’s elasticity. Drink lots of water for moisture and eat healthy. Take vitamins C and E.
You’re never too young to start using moisturizer or eye creams. There are many anti-wrinkle creams on the market that promise miracles, buyer beware. The expensive creams are not necessarily the best. Check out the ingredients with your dermatologist. Topical retinoids or tretinoins have been shown to induce new collagen growth in the skin and minimize wrinkles. Before applying moisturizer, remove all makeup and make sure your face is clean. The facial skin is very fragile, use a gentle touch. Do not rub or tug on your skin.
Botox has become common place and is effective at diminishing wrinkles if administered by a licensed dermatologist familiar with the procedure. A minuscule dose of Botox inhibits the nerve impulses and relaxes the muscles surrounding the eyes. The existing wrinkles soften and since you can’t move or contract the muscles new wrinkles don’t appear. The dose varies from person to person. Too much Botox will freeze the muscles, preventing you from smiling or showing emotions. Each injection of Botox will last four to six months.