Reduce The Appearance Of Crow’s Feet And Fine Lines
Crow’s feet or laughter lines are a sign of a happy life, but many people would like to make them less visible. Their appearance at the sides of our eyes is one of the first signs of ageing, as our skin starts to lose its plumpness and volume.
The good news is that there are simple, over the counter ways to gently reduce the appearance of crow’s feet as well as more powerful non-surgical ways. Although deep wrinkles are stubborn and unlikely to be removed entirely, you can take steps to slow down and reduce the appearance of them.
First off it’s important to understand that there are two types of facial lines: dynamic and static. Static lines are visible when your face is resting without expression, and dynamic are more obvious during animation, such as when you’re smiling. You need different treatments for each of these types of crow’s feet and wrinkles.
Treating static fine lines and crow’s feet
Static fine lines are best treated using a mixture of resurfacing and preventative measures.
Retinol has been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by numerous scientific studies. It works by increasing the cell turnover of your skin, shedding the outer layer of skin and bringing new, younger-looking skin to the surface. It also acts to thicken the deeper layer of skin. These processes slowly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and also act to slow down the breakdown of collagen and elasticity.
How to use it
Retinol products can be irritating, especially under the eye where your skin is so sensitive. Opt for a low concentration (less than 0.5%) a couple of times a week, combining it with a rich moisturiser before bed. Build up slowly to a concentration and pattern that isn’t too irritating for your skin.
High factor, broad spectrum sun cream
This won’t reduce your current wrinkles, but it is the best plan to stop more from appearing. UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of photo ageing, and the skin around your eyes is the most easily damaged. Wear broad spectrum, high factor sun cream as a part of your morning routine – even in winter.
Vitamin C serum
Vitamin C serum super hydrates your skin and has been shown to reduce the signs of photo ageing. Although it doesn’t actually remove fine lines or wrinkles, it plumps the skin by adding moisture and helps to protect the skin against the sun – slowing down the ageing and wrinkling process. Check our Vitamin C serum buying guide before purchasing.
How to use it
Add it into your evening routine, as it can breakdown under sunlight. Start with a low concentration (5-10%) and build up to a stronger concentration (15-20%) if your skin can take it. Be careful layering retinol and Vitamin C serum as both can be irritating, cycle them on alternative evenings and lessen application if severe irritation occurs.
Chemical peels act like a stronger version of retinol – resurfacing the skin and bringing forth new skin more dramatically. They should only be done by a reputable, highly trained professional with experience of the procedure.
Heat based resurfacing
It’s also possible to use heat based treatments – such as lasers or the ionisation of gases (such as Plexr) – to resurface your skin. Treatment is typically three sessions, four to six weeks apart and it can make a dramatic difference to your crow’s feet and fine lines.
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Treating dynamic fine lines and crow’s feet
Dynamic fine lines and crow’s feet are best treated by paralysing the muscles that cause the skin to form an accordion pattern around the eyes. Paralysing the muscles stops this accordion process.
Botox or Dysport
Botox and dysport work similarly – immobilizing carefully selected muscles to reduce the formation of crow’s feet and wrinkles. Dysport is an alternative to botox which often stimulates a weaker immune response, making you less likely to have a reaction to the treatment.
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Reduce the appearance of your crow’s feet
Dr Shah-Desai is an industry leading aesthetic surgeon, offering non-surgical and surgical treatments to improve your appearance and confidence.
As part of your treatment, she also provides a specialist skincare plan to reduce the signs of aging.
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