As we age, our skin develops fine lines, wrinkles, and the infamous ‘crow’s feet’. It can make you appear older and exhausted, which is a major confidence buster. The good news is that there are modern ways to reduce the appearance of this problem without going under the knife. So what are crow’s feet, and how can you eliminate them? Read on to learn about the solution!
What are crow's feet?
Crow’s feet refer to the fine lines around your eyes, which gets more defined with age. It got its name from the pattern that resembles the appearance of a crow’s foot. While its name and appearance are quite unappealing, crow’s feet are part of aging.
In addition, crow’s feet are divided into two types, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery:
Whatever type of crow’s feet you have, Eau Claire Body Care has the solution you need (more on this below!).
What causes crow's feet?
So what’s the culprit behind these much-dreaded wrinkles? It’s primarily a combination of collagen loss, reduced skin elasticity, and the decline of elastic tissue in our skin. All these are somewhat inevitable, but we have ways to help you fix the problem quickly.
Still, the first step in tackling a problem is knowing what triggers it in the first place. In the case of crow’s feet, the following are the most common causes:
Crow’s feet and wrinkles are inevitable. As years pass, our bodies will show physical signs of aging, with fine lines as the most common manifestation.
Our aging bodies start to decrease the production of elastin fibers and collagen necessary for skin restoration. Over time, our skin will be less efficient in springing back to shape, thus the fine lines.
Even our skin isn’t invincible from the universal concept of wear and tear. Repetitive facial expressions over the years contribute to the formation of crow’s feet.
Aside from that, habits like tugging or rubbing your eyes will increase the probability of having premature wrinkles.
Cigarette smoke is packed with high levels of toxins that wreak havoc on your skin. It will damage the skin’s collagen faster than aging alone, leading to deeper fine lines.
Also, smoking increases the body’s oxidative stress. This means that more free radicals roam the body, which will speed up the formation of wrinkles.
Dehydration can literally dry up your skin. Since the body doesn’t have enough water, it will reduce the blood flow on your skin, making it dry, tight, and prone to wrinkles.
Aside from that, your eyes will appear sunken, tired, and older than they actually are. This alone is enough reason to amp up your water intake .
How to get rid of crow's feet
As much as crow’s feet are part of aging, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Here at Eau Claire Body Care, we offer a variety of solutions to help reduce the appearance of your fine lines within weeks.
Below are some of the tried and tested solutions our clients use for their wrinkles:
For dynamic wrinkles, our Botox treatment is the easiest solution. We inject a substance called botulinum toxin into your fine lines to help paralyze the muscles temporarily. This will prevent the muscles from contracting when you make facial expressions.
On average, Botox will give you a wrinkle-free look for about 3 to 4 months. You can maintain the results with touch-ups, which will also help train your muscles to contract less.
If you want to know how to get rid of crow’s feet without Botox, our dermal fillers might be the solution you’re looking for.
Dermal fillers are effective in smoothening static wrinkles that Botox can’t fix. Instead of paralyzing the wrinkle-causing muscles, we fill them with a special solution to prevent the skin from folding.
For the most part, dermal fillers for crow’s feet can last for 6 to 12 months. Periodic touch-ups will help you maintain the results.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that uses a handheld device with a diamond tip to exfoliate the top layer of the skin. It also removes dirt and impurities from the skin to help encourage the production of more collagen for crow’s feet reduction.
This solution is effective for mild crow’s feet but not as effective as Botox and dermal fillers for deeper lines.
Chemical peels are highly abrasive, but the rewards can be worth the try. Using a chemical solution, this treatment will exfoliate deep into your skin to eliminate gunk and dead skin cells. This will help in the production of new and healthier skin cells later on.
Aside from reducing the appearance of your crow’s feet, chemical peels can also enhance your skin’s texture and firmness for a more youthful glow.
The only catch is that chemical peels require more intensive aftercare. It will also take up to 14 days for your face to fully heal, not to mention the side effects, including a throbbing, burning, and swollen feeling.
One of the latest trends nowadays is a treatment called laser resurfacing. It uses laser technology to remove the skin’s outer layer, stimulating the production of new cells.
With this approach, you can see substantial improvements in your crow’s feet before and after you finish an entire treatment course.
Unlike chemical peels, laser treatments are kinder to your skin. However, it requires multiple appointments to achieve your desired results. Also, it may not mimic the same effect as Botox or dermal fillers do for deep lines.
How to prevent crow's feet
While a crow’s feet eye isn’t entirely avoidable, there are many ways to delay their formation. Here are some tips that our specialists swear by:
Put sunscreen on
Sun exposure is one of your skin’s biggest enemies. UV rays can take a toll on your skin, leading to an increased risk of crow’s feet. To curb this problem, make sure you put on sunscreen daily, whether it’s sunny or shady.
Aside from that, consider wearing protective clothing, especially during the summer months. Sunglasses and hats are both fashionable and effective in protecting your face from the wrath of UV rays.
Your skin also needs to ‘drink’ to prevent dryness and wrinkling.
An unscented facial moisturizer will go a long way in delaying the onset of crow’s feet wrinkles. It will also keep your skin supple and plump, which is crucial in maintaining a youthful glow.
Get enough sleep
Insufficient sleep will throw off not just your skin health but your overall wellness. It will cause dark circles on your eyes and deeper lines all over your face. In the long run, sleep deprivation will make you look older and exhausted.
The easy fix is to clock in at least seven hours of quality sleep each night. This way, you’re not putting unnecessary stress on your skin.
Quit your vices
Smoking and drinking are a terrible mix, not just for your internal organs but also for your skin. So if you’re keen to prevent crow’s feet, it’s time to cut back on your cigarette and alcohol consumption.
Aside from keeping your skin healthy, quitting smoking and drinking will decrease your risk of cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic diseases.
Maintain a healthy diet
The quality of food you take will reflect on your skin health. With this, make sure you’re eating fruits and veggies like you mean it.
Also, avoid a diet that’s too high in processed food items and sugar because this increases your risk of inflammation and collagen damage. Instead, aim for the right balance of nutrients for your overall wellness.
Get rid of your crow's feet today!
Are your crow’s feet ruining your confidence? Eau Claire Body Care is here to help! We offer Botox and dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of your fine lines and erase years from your face. You’ll enjoy a youthful glow without undergoing invasive and expensive surgeries.
We also personalize your treatment plan by drawing out each injection, so you’ll know what goes into your face. Above all, we only use FDA-approved products to guarantee the efficacy and safety of our treatments.
Aside from that, all our specialists are licensed, certified, and trained for your peace of mind. Only the best professionals in Eau Claire will touch your face!
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your wrinkles, call us to book an appointment. Our beauty specialists can’t wait to start your journey to smoother and younger skin!