When our skin loses moisture, the resulting dryness can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. There are a couple of ways to combat this. The first is simple: Drink plenty of water every day to keep your moisture levels up. The second is to use a good moisturizing cream [source: MayoClinic:Wrinkles]. Here's where it gets tricky. If you've been to the store lately and looked in any of the beauty aisles, then you know how many moisturizers there are on the market. They all claim to deliver the same results -- healthier, younger looking skin. So which ones actually work?
While some over-the-counter creams -- when used regularly -- will effectively diminish the appearance of crow's feet, these remedies are unlikely to actually prevent wrinkles or permanently restore your skin's elasticity. Shop wisely and look for creams that contain active agents like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and copper peptides -- prescription wrinkle creams often contain the same ingredients in higher doses. If the nonprescription creams you're using don't provide the desired effect, you could consult a dermatologist to see if something with a pumped-up level of active ingredients would be appropriate [source: AAD: 10 Tips, MayoClinic:Wrinkles].
Keep in mind that while some wrinkle creams may seem expensive, they are generally cheaper than cosmetic surgery and procedures like Botox, and, over the long run, may give you the results you seek. Different brands of cream range in price from a couple dollars to a couple hundred. Do your research. A higher price tag doesn't necessarily make a particular product more effective. Understanding how the contents of various wrinkle creams factor into the equation may help you save in the long run [source: AAD: 10 Tips, MayoClinic:Wrinkles].
If creams won't do the trick, read on to find out how Botox can help get rid of your crow's feet.