Getting older causes wrinkles because your body begins to produce less collagen as you age. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin smooth and taut. It is responsible for skin elasticity.
Forehead wrinkles appear as collagen levels drop. Unfortunately, those lines make you look older and make you appear angry or tired.
However, forehead wrinkles also appear because of genetics, repetitive frowning, sun exposure and other lifestyle factors. There are ways you can lessen the appearance of those unsightly lines via behavioral changes and cosmetic products.
How to Reduce Forehead Wrinkles Through Lifestyle Changes
Your habits have a tremendous impact on your skin’s health, which means you can reduce and prevent wrinkles by making some simple adjustments to the way you live your life. You can prevent premature aging and keep your skin smooth by taking these steps:
Avoid and protect your skin from sun exposure. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays leads to wrinkles, so lather on the sunscreen (15 SPF or higher) daily, no matter the season. You will slow premature aging and reduce your risk of dark spots.
Adopt a healthy, balanced diet. The phrase “you are what you eat” is particularly true in the case of wrinkles. For example, suppose your diet is high in carbs and fat; your risk of skin atrophy and wrinkles increases. On the other hand, if your diet is high in linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and Vitamin C, wrinkles are reduced. Thus, avoid junk food and stick to fruits, vegetables and omega-rich foods like fish and eggs.
Stay hydrated. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily (at least) to stay well-hydrated and diminish forehead wrinkles. Dry skin makes those lines more prominent. If you spend the day outdoors or exercise, you will need to drink more than eight glasses.
Do not smoke. Smoking exacerbates wrinkle formation and increases your risk of emphysema, lung cancer and heart disease. If you smoke, now is your time to quit – if not for your health, at least for your face. The chemicals in tobacco damage the skin’s elasticity because they reduce collagen production, which causes premature aging.
Try not to stress. Stress contributes to wrinkling through facial expressions that deepen forehead wrinkles, such as brow furrowing. Therefore, try to manage stress as much as possible. Some methods to keep stress under control include:
- Eating healthy
- Exercising regularly
- Getting enough sleep
- Diaphragmatic breathing
- Practicing yoga
- Talking to a therapist
Exercise. Not only does exercising regularly reduce stress, but it also supports the production of collagen. Therefore, going for that morning jog keeps your body in shape and skin firm, supple and elastic.
Get sufficient sleep. Sleep is another valuable practice that reduces stress and wrinkles simultaneously. Your skin rebuilds collagen and repairs damage while you sleep. So, get your beauty sleep!
How to Reduce Forehead Wrinkles with Cosmetic Treatments
Beauty products that help get rid of wrinkles include:
- Moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid: They plump the skin.
- Product with retinol, a milder form of tretinoin: They support collagen production and improve skin cell turnover. Note: apply retinol products at night because retinol does not hold up well in sunlight.
- Exfoliating products that contain glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid: The acid reveals healthier, younger-looking skin. Note: Wear sunscreen after using products with glycolic acid because it can cause sun sensitivity.
- Face primers: They prepare your skin for foundation and make wrinkles less noticeable.
Other cosmetic treatments that improve the appearance of forehead wrinkles include Botox® and a brow lift. Botox is non-surgical but temporary, whereas a brow lift is a semi-permanent surgical procedure.
Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones of Atlantic Plastic Surgery Specialists offers both those treatments and various other reconstructive and non-surgical procedures. We also provide skincare products and spa treatments. Please get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation so we can serve you with premium cosmetic care.