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WHAT TO DO ABOUT CROW’S FEET

Crow’s feet are fine lines that form around the eyes. They were given this name because they look a lot like … crows’ feet. They are also called laugh lines and are largely caused by sun exposure, although smoking also plays a role, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

There are two main types of crow’s feet:

Dynamic lines are the result of underlying muscle movement. (Think frowning, smiling and squinting.)

Static lines are always there and are caused by a long history of squinting, frowning and sun damage.

The real question, however, is what can you do about them?

Lots, says Norwalk, Connecticut plastic surgeon Rick Rosen, MD.

“Injections of neuromodulators such as Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin and Dysport are popular ways to address crow’s feet,” he says. “The results last about three to four months.”

Another option, Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction, also targets crow’s feet. Pellevé uses radiofrequency energy to heat inner layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. Collagen, the main protein that gives our skin the supple elastic qualities most associated with youth, will then plump and tighten the skin from within. Results appear gradually with improvement after just one treatment and last up to six months.

A dream cream such as Hydrafirm™ Eye Brightening Repair Crème will also help minimize the appearance of crow’s feet – among other benefits.

All three of these can be used alone – or together — for a combined rejuvenation effect that dramatically softens crow’s feet and improves skin’s overall texture. “Softening crow’s feet not only improves your appearance and can make you look younger, but it can also improve how you feel about yourself and boosts your self-confidence,” says Dr. Rosen.

If you are concerned about Crow’s feet, see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn about the best options out there.

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EYE MAKEOVER

The skin around your eyelids is the thinnest on your body, and as such is most subject to daily and relentless damage from ultraviolet exposure. Choosing and using the right protective eye cream can delay the visible signs of aging around your eyes and keep this delicate skin supple and hydrated

Michigan plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD, recommends ZO® Medical Hydra firm Eye Brightening Repair Crème. Designed specifically for the under-eye area, the dream cream helps minimize the multiple signs of aging around the eyes, including puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.

“Puffiness under the eyes can be caused by several issues, including fatigue, fluid retention, seasonal allergies, excess salt intake, and of course, heredity,” Youn says. “The cause of dark circles can include darkening of the skin from chronic rubbing or a genetic predisposition. Additionally, some people with thin under eye skin can have darkening from underlying blood vessels that are visible,” he says.  “Volume loss or hollowing under the eyes can cause shadowing that can create a dark appearance.”

Hydrafirm contains caffeine, enzymatic vasodilators and coenzyme A, which rapidly reduce the appearance of puffiness around your eyes. Active Vitamin A and biomimetic proteins encourage natural collagen production to help restore skin’s elasticity. Collagen is the skin’s main structural protein.

All you need is a pea-sized amount for the entire under-eye area. Apply it in the morning and before bed starting as early as your 20s. Blend the cream gently with your fingertips, and be careful to ever pull or tug on the skin around the eyes. With continued use, your delicate eyelid skin will become firmer for a more youthful look.