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Crow’s feet

What do all aging celebrities seem to have in common - lack of apparent signs of aging - no crow’s feet, wrinkles et al. Well, haven’t you seen a Catherine Zeta Zones or a Demi Moore gaze alluringly at you from the magazine front page, and not a wrinkle in sight? Certainly, the appearance of the first eye wrinkle can cause a concern to just anyone.  Crow’s feet are the fine lines and wrinkles that originate from the corner of the eyes.  Also called laugh lines, they crinkle up the eyes when you squint, show surprise or laugh.  But when you see them in the mirror, you forget to do just that.

Common opinion is that appearance of eye wrinkles is a sign of intrinsic aging, and unavoidable. Our skin progressively becomes thinner and drier, the weakened collagen making it less elastic, resulting in wrinkles. Our gene pool also determines aging process, and most often one sees the first wrinkle by age 30. Another theory suggests that crow feet results more in response to exposure to sun - due to the phenomenon of photo aging. Smoking, squinting into the sun and well, even smiling - all can contribute to the formation of these temporary lines, which over time become permanent. Smokers typically tend to squint their eyes to avoid the smoke arising out of their mouths - which can be irritating and drying - resulting in crow’s feet.

The demand for treatments and cures has been taken up by many pharmaceuticals, cosmetologists very seriously and there are many products available to treat this on a temporary basis, if not permanently.  Listed below are the possible options for minimizing and treating this condition.

  • Using sunscreen - Always use a broad spectrum sun screen for the eyes
  • Moisturizer - This only helps in making the skin look more supple, and decreases the appearance of wrinkles. Using an eye cream an eye cream that contains glycolic acid helps.  The moisturizing agents in the cream will prevent any wrinkling from dryness
  • Retin-A or other retinoid -  When applied to the skin these drugs help increase collagen production, strengthening the structure of the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and collagen injections - These both have a temporarily ‘plumping up’ effect on skin, acting as crack fillers, which can help diminish the appearance of crow’s feet. These are expensive treatments, need to be done by a professional, and results last for 6 months.
  • Botox - Another popular and expensive celebrity -preferred treatment, this works by paralyzing the muscles beneath the crow feet and wrinkles.
  • Laser treatments - A high-energy beam of infrared light is used to vaporize lines, eye wrinkles, other skin irregularities, layer by layer. This process also stimulates the formation of dermal collagen to improve elasticity and support for the skin.

For those that can’t be bothered, just live with it and wear your crow’s feet rather proudly.