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Crows Feet: Causes and Treatment

Crow's feet, laugh lines, and wrinkles, oh my! It's not what we want, but time and nature play a nasty trick on us and, as we age, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear around our eyes, radiating outwards. These are commonly known as crow's feet or worry lines. Besides getting older, our everyday lifestyle can aggravate the problem and cause premature aging to our skin.

Sun exposure, frequent squinting, smoking, and even sleeping on your face promote the formation of crows feet. Naturally, people who spend a great deal of time outdoors are at higher risk. Applying sunscreen, quitting smoking, and wearing sunglasses and hats are the key ways to avoid crows feet. Even if you're already showing signs, it's never too late to stop them from getting worse.

Prevention aside, once you have them, you'll need to deal with them head-on to either reduce their appearance or have them professionally treated to get rid of them temporarily. There's no fountain of youth but take comfort in the fact that everyone gets them sooner or later and you'll have the edge if you confront the problem and take steps to remove them.

Home Remedies

Crows feet are stubborn and not easily dealt with at home. However, if you're in the beginning stages, there are several things you can try to soften them up and reduce their appearance.

The cheapest way is over-the-counter eye creams designed to reduce puffiness and fine lines. They may claim to completely remove wrinkles but take this with a grain of salt. Still, you can see benefits of eye creams if you apply them regularly because the outer eye area is usually very dry and creams and gels add much-needed moisture. Spot-treat and keep them away from areas that are prone to puffiness.

Some suggest that eating berries can prevent premature aging. Cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries all contain antioxidants that are very beneficial to your skin. Regardless, we can all see benefits of a proper nutrition and a healthy diet.

Professional Treatment for Crow's Feet

Visit a professional for an evaluation and plan of action. There are several procedures you and your doctor can choose from. Popular ones are laser resurfacing, collagen injections, or the now-famous Botox® treatment.

Laser resurfacing removes the outer layers of skin, tightens it up and smoothes it out, also fading age spots and reducing the appearance of pores. If you have this procedure, have the doctor treat your other problem areas and possibly your entire face. Expect to have sensitive skin for several weeks and you'll be ordered to avoid sunlight.

Collagen injections add "fillers" to your wrinkles, smoothing them out and giving you a youthful appearance. You may have heard of collagen being injected into the lips to fill them out. In smaller quantities, they're affective for crows feet as well. Of course, the results are not permanent and sometimes disappear way to quickly, in a matter of weeks. It all depends on your lifestyle, skin quality and genetics. Ask questions when planning your treatment and always find out the risks before scheduling any procedure.

We all know that Botox ® is a favorite with celebrities. Since it's approval by the FDA, it's a popular, non-surgical treatment for aging. Botox® injections work by causing temporary paralysis, weakening the muscles, causing them to relax, thus eliminating wrinkles. Full benefit may not be seen for a couple of weeks and will last for approximately three months. Many celebrities have about four or five treatments per year, but they'll never admit it. You don't have to either.

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