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Seeing Signs of Crow’s Feet? How to Stop Them Now

One day we are looking in the mirror at a smooth face. Then, before we know it, we are looking in the mirror and have crow’s feet staring back at us. The realization that we are aging finally hits us. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute want to help you prepare your skin to avoid crow’s feet from appearing and teach you how to get rid of them if they do appear.


How to Identify and Treat Crow’s Feet

Why Crow’s Feet Appear

Many assume crow’s feet are another name for wrinkles because they look similar in appearance. While wrinkles are a sign of aging as crow’s feet are, wrinkles can appear anywhere on the face whereas crow’s feet appear on the skin near the corners of the eye. They also appear deeper than wrinkles. Crow’s feet often occur because of too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Spending too much time in the sun or in a tanning bed can result in a loss of collagen and elasticity in the face. Crow’s feet are then formed as the skin begins to loosen over time. They can appear on both males and females beginning around the age of 20. While there is no solution to completely prevent them from occurring, there are ways to reduce the severity of their appearance.


The Sun and Crow’s Feet

Since UV exposure is a top contributor to crow’s feet, the best prevention method is to use sunscreen daily and to start that routine early on. Too much UV exposure can cause more than just crow’s feet. You are risking a sunburn, damaged skin, and cancer in addition to crow’s feet. Applying sunscreen each morning should become a daily habit, even if it is not going to be a sunny day. The sun can still cause the same amount of damage from behind the clouds. In addition to sunscreen, it is recommended to wear UV protective sunglasses when outside to protect your eyes. Hats can also reduce your UV exposure.


Diet and Crow’s Feet

Additionally, a healthy diet and staying hydrated can help minimize the appearance of crow’s feet. Following a diet that incorporates healthy fats keeps your face soft and voluminous. Fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds are examples of healthy fats. Make sure to not eat too much sugar as it can lead to inflammation and disrupt the collagen creation process.

Keeping hydrated is just as important as what you eat. Your skin becomes clearer and shines brighter when it is hydrated. This helps eliminate the appearance of crow’s feet. What you do on the inside, a healthy diet and staying hydrated, will not help if you are not taking care of yourself on the outside, such as quitting smoking. Smoking accelerates the aging process and triggers inflammation and can lead to early onset crow’s feet or other signs of aging.

Contact Our Dermatologists

Say goodbye to crows feet once and for all by working with the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute. If you are in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding areas contact us. We will be there every step of the way on your journey to stop and rid crow’s feet for good.

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