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Crow's feet : Causes and solutions - MedSkin ClinicCrow’s feet are pronounced lines or wrinkles, often found around your eyes. They earn their name from their resemblance to crow’s feet. They are, quite simply, a product of ageing that is quite difficult to avoid – though there are treatment options that can help you reduce the appearance of them altogether.

What causes crow’s feet?

As you get older, you lose some of the elastin and collagen in your skin. Elastin makes your skin tight, whereas collagen leaves your skin plump. Losing both collagen and elastin causes the skin to sag, crease or wrinkle. This is often the cause of crow’s feet, though it can be elevated by: hormonal changes (such as the menopause) and sun damage.

What can I do to avoid crow’s feet?

You can help protect yourself from crow’s feet by ensuring you take good care of your skin from the sun. This can include adding an SPF treatment to your skincare routine – whether that means applying sun cream daily or purchasing moisturiser or makeup that has a built-in SPF. In order to protect the skin around your eyes, you can also wear sunglasses.

What treatments are available for crow’s feet?

Thankfully, there are numerous things you can do to help minimise the appearance of your crow’s feet – perhaps even making them barely noticeable at all.

1) One of the most important rules in skincare is to simply take care of your skin. Develop a bespoke skincare routine that is directly tailored to your needs. Ensure you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water each day.

2) Specialised creams. You can purchase various creams, online and over the counter, that have excellent anti-ageing properties and as such, can help to manage crows feet.

3) Botox treatment. Botox injections are a series of tiny injections, which add a small amount of protein underneath your skin. This acts as a ‘block’ and stops the muscle from contracting. As the muscle is relaxed, it does not contract or tighten – therefore restoring a more youthful and full appearance. As a result of this, Botox injections are often used to treat crow’s feet as they can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles – leaving the areas around your eyes silky and smooth.

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