You’re starting to notice crow’s feet when you smile. Do you: a) reach for powder concealer b) grab a creamy light to medium foundation c) fetch your sunglasses? If you chose B or C, insert clapping emoji here. We have a circular muscle around the eye called the orbicularis oculi. When we squint or smile, this muscle engages and creates little wrinkles below and beside the eyes. As if that isn’t enough, we lose collagen and elastin, making the skin look saggy and the fat pads that provide structure start to shrink and migrate. This trifecta creates the perfect storm for crow’s feet.
Here are some ways you can improve the appearance of crow’s feet.
1.) Apply sunscreen religiously. Look for a broad-spectrum SPF that protects from UVA and UVB rays. Bonus points for sunscreens such as Neocutis Journee that contain peptides and growth factors to stimulate collagen.
2.) Wear sunglasses. This will shield the delicate eye skin from rays while also decreasing the amount of squinting.
3.) Get Botox, Jeuveau, Xeomin, or Dysport. These products are neurotoxins, which relax the muscles. When the muscles cannot contract as efficiently, you won’t etch wrinkles into the skin.
4.) Invest in an eye cream. Not all treatments are created equal. My favorites are Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment, which includes TriHex Technology® to support the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen and Neocutis Lumiere, which uses growth factors to target the delicate eye area and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, puffiness and under-eye darkness.
5.) Consider laser treatments such as the LaseMD Ultra or the Genius, a radiofrequency microneedling device.
6.) Opt for light to medium coverage, creamy formulations if you’re using foundation or concealer, and make sure to put a primer on first to create a smooth canvas. Read more in this article in BestLife that I was quoted in: https://bestlifeonline.com/crows-feet-product-news/
7.) Skip powder. It will settle in the creases and make them more obvious.
If you are not sure what you need, schedule a consult with me. I would be happy to help you say buh-bye to your crow’s feet.