Wrinkles on your forehead, well, they are pretty unstoppable in all honesty. But don’t panic, I’m here to share with you some advice on how to reduce any wrinkles, luckily there are plenty of options to choose from, so whether you are looking for line smoothing skincare products, opting for procedures such as Botox, or even treating yourself to a skin peel there will be a solution for you.
So, turn that frown upside down (that won’t help matters anyway) and let’s dive right in!
What causes wrinkles on the forehead?
Forehead wrinkles occur as a result of the frontalis muscle which contracts and moves as we raise our eyebrows. The more frequently this muscle moves the more it pulls the skin and over time you will begin to notice visible, horizontal lines that can run across the forehead. This act happens without you even realising as we use our eyebrows when talking or demonstrating various expressions, this can result in the wrinkles becoming deeper for some people and not for others, we express ourselves differently after all.
In time this leads to the collagen breaking down in the lower layers of the skin and you may notice the “bounce” begins to diminish. There are also a number of daily stresses that can affect the skin’s protective barrier and creating skin ageing with damage caused by free radicals which can make wrinkles become deeper and more noticeable. However, trying to prevent your brows from moving when you talk would be completely impossible, but there are some lifestyle changes you can make to make to help reduce any fine lines or wrinkles you may have.
- Eat your greens
Having a diet that is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, such a vitamin A, C and E will improve the overall health and appearance of the skin and form a protective barrier allowing it to combat any damage caused by aggressors, such as elements, pollution, sun exposure and bacteria. Your skin will be able restore balance and rejuvenate the cell turn-over giving you a youthful, glowing complexion.
- Apply your SPF
Too much sun exposure will have an enormous effect on the health and appearance of your skin with wrinkles becoming deeper and skin tone showing signs of pigmentation. To keep your forehead as wrinkle-free as possible, applying a daily SPF of 30 or above will give your face a protective coat and will form a barrier preventing any further skin damage.
- Quit smoking
This is probably a good idea to help improve your general health, but smoking is a huge culprit for prematurely ageing the skin. Nicotine reduces the number of blood cells circulating the skin which creates stress for the skin’s microbiome making it more susceptible to harm caused by free radicals. You will also find that the production of collagen is reduced losing the firmness to the skin making it sag and wrinkles more prominent.
- Ditch the dehydration
Maintaining an adequate daily intake water will help keep your complexion looking vibrant and healthy. The skin is the largest organ we have and is often the last to benefit from any water that is in the body, with the vital organs drinking up the bulk of it. Avoiding having too many highly caffeinated drinks as they can cause serious dehydration to the skin, keep yourself hydrated throughout the day and using topical skincare products will keep your skin stay moisturised and happy.
There you have some simple lifestyle changes that can have a huge impact on the skin, these are an ideal starting point if you are wanting to combat any wrinkles on your forehead if you’d prefer to avoid any procedures such as Botox and fillers.
How can I get rid of forehead wrinkles naturally?
Finding a skincare routine that contains a number of high performing and active levels of ingredients will have a notable benefit for the health of your skin. Here are some of the key ingredients and products to look out for when combating forehead wrinkles naturally;
- Antioxidant enriched products- serums and moisturisers enriched in active levels of vitamin C and other vitamins, have the antioxidant properties to counteract any damage caused by environmental aggressors, varying from pollution to the sun’s UV rays. Serums in particular are great at penetrating the skin further and helping boost the production of collagen and elastin.
- Skin exfoliants- this can either be physical exfoliants, such as a scrub, or chemical exfoliants, which contain ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs. Both products are able to slough away a build-up of dead skin cells that over time can cause the skin to look older than it is. Removing the dead cells will reveal a luminous complexion with wrinkles and fine lines diminished.
- Professional peels- They aren’t as scary as they may sound! A professional skin peel is a facial treatment of high concentrates of potent AHAs, such as glycolic and lactic acids, and results in the skin appearing smoother, brighter and younger. Professional peels contain medical grade levels of these acids and will improve the quality of the skin and promote an increase in the cell turn-over of the top layer of the skin.
- Hydrating ingredients- serums containing hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide will help the skin stay hydrated and smoother looking due to the fact these ingredients are humectants and draw in moisturiser surrounding the face and locking it in the skin.
If you are wanting to learn more about AHAs and BHAs and what their skincare benefits are, you can take a look at our dedicated blog post.
What’s the best treatment for forehead wrinkles?
Maintaining a skincare routine containing the powerhouse ingredients previously mentioned will have long term benefits for the overall health and appearance of your skin, if however you have the stomach to handle needles, injectables to help reduce any deep set wrinkles.
How do Botox injections work?
Botox injections are highly effective at smoothing away any forehead wrinkles, the injection works by relaxing the muscle under the skin. This results in that area becoming unable to make a facial expression meaning any repeated movement, such as eyebrow raising will no longer have the same affect to the skin and causing any wrinkles. You can expect to see the results of Botox to last about 6 months and will need to be topped up to maintain the smooth appearance.
If you are finding this treatment a bit overwhelming you can also try a professional chemical peel which I have previously mentioned, this treatment is a great addition for the skin if you are finding your routine isn’t quite ticking all the boxes.
I want to prevent forehead wrinkles, what age should I start?
We are great believers in prevention being the key to an anti-ageing skincare routine, establishing a nourishing regime can start as young as 16 years old, if you find yourself being older than 25 and have yet to started a high quality skincare routine you are still in luck as introducing potent and active ingredients, such as retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid will help reverse any signs of ageing and prevent any more developing.
Many skin experts agree that if you find forehead wrinkles are visible, even when your forehead is relaxed, then chemical peels and injectables are something to consider. However, this will be vastly helped if you have a good skincare regime and protect the face with a daily SPF as this builds the perfect skin foundation allowing any procedures or treatments to have longer benefits and an overall younger looking result.
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