Very few women need to be told what crows feet are. These tiny lines that radiate at the outside corners of the eye, are often the first wrinkles to appear. They are not so much a sign of aging, but of life. Every time you ope n or close your eyes, smile, squint or laugh, these areas are stretched and pulled. As early as age 30 the skin starts to weary and these little lines appear. In sunny states such as Arizona and Texas, crow’s feet can develop by age 15 due to constant squinting in bright sunlight. Several great treatment options can erase crow’s feet in less than an hour. Much easier to treat then under eye circles.
Aging Skin Sign#6: Under Eye Circles
Dark under eye shadows that make us look tired, old and sometimes sad. Three different factors can cause under-eye circles and its possible to have all three problems working at one. Increased melanin production is the most frequent culprit– and one of the easist to treat. There are a wide range of skin lightening agents with varying degrees of effectivness. Under eye shadows can also be due to leakage of very tiny blood vessels under the very thin under-eye tissues. The hemoglobin in the blood appears as dusky blue shadow. Treatment options look at shrinking these blood vessels, and/or dissolving these accumulations of hemoglobin. Happily some skin brighteners that work on melanin also work on hemoglobin. Finally dark circles can appear as another sign of fat pad loss. This time, the fat pad loss under the eye, hollows out the area, creating physical shadows. Best way to tell what is causing shadows is to pull gently the under eye skin out a bit. If the skin still looks darker, then its melanin or hemoglobin, rather than fat pad loss, causing the problems.
I’m not going to lie to you, dark circles are not that easy to deal with. There is a roomful of products that promise to beighten the area, but just don’t work. There are prescription products that take a while to work, but they are not always successful. Laser treatments can vaporize darkened tissue, but I find that kind of scary. Injectable fillers can be injected into the shadows to plump up shadowy hollows. The bottom line is that dark circles can be treated but they take time, patience and sometimes a bit of money.
Aging Sign#7: Facial Hair
Along with wisdom and maturity, age can bring facial hair, primarily on the upper lip and chin. Sprouting hair after 40 is due to age – related changes that also cause skin dryness and - in the the nobody said that life is fair category - hair loss on the head and eyebrows.
Darker facial hair is more obvious, but a heavy blonde peach fuzz is not a turn-on either. Permanent hir removal has come a long way. In addition to laser treatments, there is a cream called Vaniqua. Lasers can dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate hair growth. Vaniqua needs six to eight weeks to work and must be continued to keep hair growth under control
Aging Skin Sign #8: Sagging Skin
Loose skin can happen to so many parts of the face. Its often starts as a softening of the jaw line– always an instant ager. Skin also sags around the cheeks,under the eyes, and under the chin. This problem is just another sign of the one-two punch of weakened collagen and fat pad loss. In the past, droopy skin could only be repaired with a full face lift. Not only was this invasive and expensive ($15,000) the results were not that appealing. While pulling up skin makes the face look smoother and tighter, it did not restore a youthful shape. The net result was an oddly tight severe look. Today there are medical treatments at a fraction of the cost of surgery, which give prettier, more natural results.