So Long, Crow’S-Feet
By Shellie Terry Benson |
They crop up for a variety of reasons: Age-related collagen loss, smoking, squinting and sun damage are likely culprits. They can appear when you're in your 20s-or may hold off until you hit your 40s. Regardless of when these fine lines start creeping from the corners of your eyes to your temples, they are sure signs of aging and skin damage. But you can combat them a variety of ways.
Injectables. Botox and Dysport offer a two-part solution for crow's-feet in that they smooth the wrinkles by halting the physical movement (like squinting), therefore preventing them from forming in the first place. This is why many women are opting to start injectables in their 30s. Injectables can't help sagging skin, like a droopy brow, but are often used in conjunction with browlifts or eyelid surgery to ensure an overall more youthful eye makeover.
Laser resurfacing. To fix the changing texture of the skin around the eyes, a skilled physician may administer fractional CO2 lasers to ablate the top layer of skin, where the damage exists. This prompts the body to development new collagen, which supports the skin, creating a more youthful, plumped look. It takes several weeks to heal, but these types of lasers are ideal for significantly reducing the appearance of crow's-feet.
Topical solutions. Use sunscreen daily to protect from future damage. We particularly like the extra tinting and matte finish of MDSolarSciences Mineral Screen Tinted Gel. Use a mild exfoliator a few times a week to help slough away dead skin. The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash from Philosophy is particularly gentle. And finally, opt for a superhydrating eye cream like Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream from Youngblood that is packed with hyaluronic acid, peptides and shea butter.