How To Prevent And Treat Crow’s Feet
By Ron Robinson
It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. I completely agree, but I also feel that our eyes are the windows to our age.
Whether we want people to know or not, the skin around our eyes can reveal plenty -- if we’re dehydrated, tired, happy, upset... pretty much all of our emotions and well-being are shown through the eyes.
There’s one thing I know that horrifies millions: crow’s feet! Deeply set-in wrinkles around the eyes that become more prominent when we smile and laugh. For some, crow’s feet can make one look distinguished (hello, George Clooney!). But for the rest of us, it is something that we’d do anything to avoid.
That’s right! This skin condition usually comes with aging. Clyde Ishii, MD -- an ASAPS member from Honolulu, HI -- says that, “these wrinkles form when the underlying circular muscle contracts (during eyelid closure, laughing, etc.) and bunches up the overlying skin. The skin gets thinner as we age and is more prone to wrinkling.”
We all know that the area around our eye is very delicate due to that thin layer of skin. It needs constant moisture and circulation to avoid dark circles, bags, puffiness and the aforementioned crow’s feet.
The best nonsurgical way to treat and prevent crow’s feet is to establish a routine eye regimen that consists of morning and nightly applications of eye cream, containing beneficial ingredients like caffeine and hyaluronic acid. The caffeine will help stimulate the eye area to make you look more wide-awake and refreshed, while the hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture to obtain a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Ishii suggests using Botox, chemical peels or laser resurfacing treatments to take care of more significant crow’s feet. Retin-A and retinol are also great at boosting collagen production and reducing fine lines, which may in turn contribute to the deeply set-in wrinkles we all fear.
If creams and treatments have provided no relief, then there are surgical procedures that can help remove the eye tissue. Surgery for crow’s feet involves removing a portion of the circular muscle directly under the wrinkles, as advised by Dr. Ishii. If your crow’s feet have gotten to this point, then Smart Beauty Guide can help you find a plastic surgeon to best suit your personal needs.
I have no problem aging gracefully. But if I can prevent and stall the aging process for just a little bit longer, then I don’t mind slathering on eye cream from now until that day comes.