Crow's feet are small wrinkles that appear in the corners of the eyes, and are often identified as one of the first signs of ageing visible in the face. Also known as 'laughter lines', crow's feet are so-called due to their visual resemblance to a bird's footprint.
There are numerous treatments designed to eradicate or soften the wrinkles that typify crow's feet, to restore a more youthful complexion.
How crow's feet are formed
There are a number of factors which contribute to the development of crow's feet, the largest one is the ageing process itself, but understanding additional causes can help towards minimising crow's feet.
Exposure to sunlight is the most common cause of crow's feet, as excessive squinting helps the wrinkles develop at an earlier stage than in faces that are protected from the sun. To combat this, people can shield their eyes from direct sunlight by wearing hats or sunglasses and by wearing protective sunscreen whenever they are outside, these measures will reduce their need to squint and reduce their exposure to UV rays.
Smoking is another common cause of crow's feet, as smokers also tend to squint their eyes to protect them from the smoke fumes. With a number of cigarettes each day, crow's feet can develop more easily, and this is one reason why smokers can often appear more advanced in years than non-smokers. Smoking has also been found to accelerate the biochemical processes that cause the skin to age in other ways.
Crow's feet - prevention and treatment
Taking care of your face with regular moisturising and the application of UV skin care products is recommended to help prevent the early formation of crow's feet, and can also help to soften the appearance of the wrinkles when they do appear. Choosing prescription wrinkle creams that contain active ingredients can help to restore the skin's elasticity and reduce the appearance of crow's feet, while drinking plenty of water is also recommended to help the skin retain moisture.
Crow's feet are a natural effect of ageing on the face, however there are also non-surgical cosmetic treatments available to help combat their appearance. Because crow's feet are most pronounced when using the muscles around the eyes, having Botox® injections can help to relax these muscles so they won't contract. Botox® can reduce the appearance of crow's feet within one week of treatment.