Have you started to notice your crow’s feet? No, we’re not talking about a bird’s footprint – we’re talking about those fine lines that gather in the corner of your eye and spread across your temples when you smile!
Technically referred to as lateral canthal lines, crow’s feet develop gradually over time. There isn’t anyone who is immune to these creases, however they can be more prominent on some people over others. If you’re someone who has deep, noticeable crow’s feet – you might find yourself wondering, “can I get rid of crow’s feet?!”
While there isn’t a one-solution-fits-all answer, there are certainly steps and treatments that can help. But before we dive into it, let’s find out what causes these not-so-fine lines.
What causes crow’s feet?
Crow’s feet are both dynamic (moving) and static (still) wrinkles. They are mostly caused by dynamic activity such as smiling and squinting. But they are also formed as the delicate eye tissue loses its collagen and elastin, becoming more susceptible to sun damage, environmental irritants and just plain old ageing. They may start out small and unnoticeable, but over time and without the proper attention they can deepen.
These lines develop earlier than you might think, around the mid to late twenties and can come as a shock to many young women and men alike. Don’t fret, it’s all a natural part of the ageing process. The skin surrounding the eye (called the eye contour) is the thinnest on our entire body, so the area tends to lose collagen and display the signs of ageing sooner than the rest of the face.
How to get rid of crow’s feet
We can’t (and don’t want to) stop the passing of time, the shining of the sun or the happiness of laughter – so how can we get rid of crow’s feet? We believe that everyone is beautiful, regardless of a wrinkle here or there. But we also understand that many clients prefer to reduce or prevent these wrinkles from occurring. For those clients, the following options can be fantastic solutions.
Anti-wrinkle injectables are the most common way to get rid of crow’s feet. While they don’t remove them completely – they’re the closest thing to a wrinkle-eraser!
By injecting tiny amounts of muscle relaxant to the area, anti-wrinkle injections help to relax the muscle that causes crow’s feet to form. After treatment, it can take up to two weeks for the full effect to set in but the results can last for up to 4 months on average.
Whether you have visible crow’s feet already or not, sunscreen is always a good idea. A broad-spectrum SPF 50+ will do wonders in protecting your delicate eye area from the damage caused by ultra violet light – keeping your skin looking younger for longer.
Investing in a good eye cream is another way to reduce the appearance of those defining eye lines. By hydrating the skin, restoring lipids and increasing hyaluronic acid you can minimise the appearance of those lines for a fresher overall look. We recommend the Balense Ageless Eyecream, which uses Peptide-8 to diminish wrinkle depth.
Crow’s feet aren’t something to shy away from. They’re an expression of the laughter and joy we’ve experienced over the years. While you can reduce the appearance of these wrinkles, a natural look will still include some fine lines and movement in the area.