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CROW'S FEET: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Understanding the condition and ultimately finding out 'How to get rid of Crow's Feet'.

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CROW'S FEET: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

‘Crow’s feet’ is the common name given to wrinkles which appear at the side of the eyes, stretching out towards the temples. The term ‘crow’s feet’ developed because of how the lines splay out; in a similar shape to a crow’s claw or foot.

WHAT CAUSES CROW'S FEET?

Laughing, concentrating, squinting or frowning; whenever you move your face your muscles contract. After years of frequent contraction, combined with environmental and lifestyle factors - such as exposure to sunshine, smoking or pollution - lines and wrinkles begin to form around the corners of your eyes. The eyes are often the first place to reveal the signs of ageing, as the skin is thinner and more prone to creasing.

The main cause of crow's feet is a decrease in the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin. These proteins are responsible for our skin's elasticity, but production drops as we age.

CROW'S FEET SYMPTOMS

You may begin to notice the first signs of crow’s feet in your late twenties and early thirties as faint lines begin to appear around the sides of the eyes. With time, these lines gradually deepen and become increasingly visible until they are very defined, taking on the so-called ‘crow’s foot’ appearance.

HOW CAN I REDUCE/PREVENT CROW'S FEET?

  • Wear UV protection sunglasses
  • Wear sunblock
  • Use an eye cream designed to plump out and moisturise the skin around the eyes
  • Use skincare products containing peptides
  • Don’t smoke

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR CROW'S FEET

Egg whites can be used as a temporary and natural solution to crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes. Simply follow this process:

  1. Separate the egg white from the yolk and apply the white directly to the skin using a cotton bud
  2. Allow to dry whilst stretching the affected skin slightly to smooth out the wrinkles
  3. As the egg white dries, it will hold the skin in this smooth position, temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles, until it is washed off/wears off. 

Keeping your skin well hydrated and exfoliated can also help to soften the appearance of crow’s feet. For a natural moisturiser, try applying aloe vera or coconut oil to the affected area daily.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's the best way to get rid of crow's feet?

The most appropriate method of treating crow’s feet depends on the nature of the lines and wrinkles you have: 

  • Lines caused by muscle movement (such as when you smile, squint or frown) are known as dynamic lines.
  • Lines which are present at all times, even when you are not moving your facial muscles, are called static lines

Dynamic lines are usually most effectively treated using anti-ageing injections such as BOTOX® injections, which works to relax the muscles in the face. 

Static lines are usually most effectively treated using treatments designed to strip back layers of damaged skin, such as laser resurfacing, or chemical skin peels.

CREAMS AND SERUMS FOR CROW'S FEET

There are many skincare products designed to lift, smooth and firm the delicate crepey skin around the eyes and diminish the appearance of crow’s feet. Look for products which contain peptides and vitamin A, as they stimulate natural collagen production which helps improve skin elasticity. 

OTHER TREATMENTS FOR CROW'S FEET

Medical grade skin peels

Skin peels work by harnessing the power of naturally occurring acids and active ingredients to deeply exfoliate the skin. The treatment stimulates new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer, firmer skin.

Anti-ageing injectables and BOTOX® therapy

Your muscles contract due to a signal sent from the brain via nerves. Non-surgical anti-ageing injectables work by interrupting this signal, leaving the muscles relaxed and unable to crease the skin. Anti-ageing injectables such as BOTOX® injections can be administered to the muscles which cause crow’s feet, to subtly smooth and soften the skin.

Dermal fillers

For deeper, more established crow's feet, dermal fillers may be considered. This treatment offers near immediate results (they develop from 48 hours following treatment) and lasts up to 12 months. It involves injecting a medically developed solution under the skin with a fine needle to plump and fill lines and grooves.

Sculptra™

Sculptra™ is used to treat a range of skin concerns, including lack of volume and wrinkles and folds. Administered to crow’s feet by a medical practitioner, it can subtly smooth, soften, contour and tone the skin. Sculptra™ contains Poly-L-Lactic Acid, which replaces lost collagen to help maintain the skin's elasticity.

Fraxel®

This laser resurfacing treatment targets the surface and deeper layers of the skin, encouraging collagen production. Results are immediate and long-lasting; however this treatment does require some downtime to allow your skin to heal.

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