Getting Rid of Forehead Wrinkles on a Budget
The forehead is one of the first places we start to see wrinkles crop up. This is largely due to the fact that our forehead moves so much when we make facial expressions. From frowning to smiling to frowning our brow when we are annoyed, the forehead plays a huge role in helping us express how we feel on a day-to-day basis! However, it does lead to the slightly unfortunate possibility of developing wrinkles in this area earlier than the rest of the skin.
If you are worried about forehead wrinkles or have already begun to see them form, read on for why forehead wrinkles form and some easy budget ways on how you can deal with them!
How Do Wrinkles Form on the Forehead?
Wrinkles are essentially grooves and lines in the skin that form due to the changing of our facial expressions. Whenever you make facial expressions (smiling, laughing, frowning, crying, squinting, and so on), fine lines begin to develop in your skin. However, in our youth, we still have an active collagen production and abundance of fats, which allows the skin to spring back to normal. That’s why wrinkles and lines do not show on young people. However, as you grow older and the skin loses this property of elasticity, wrinkles become more pronounced. When your skin is unable to bounce back the way it did when you were young, that is how permanent grooves in the skin form. The skin gets thinner and less elastic with age. After you turn twenty, collagen production in the dermis decreases by 1% each year. As collagen production slows down, collagen and elastin fibers start to become thicker, clumpier, and looser. This leads to the skin becoming inelastic and brittle. Simultaneously, the fat cells in the subcutaneous layer shrink causing the thinning of skin to occur. The combination of thinning skin with a loss of elasticity results in wrinkles.
Static vs Dynamic Wrinkles
There are two types of wrinkles characterized by how they are formed:
Dynamic Wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles are caused by the repetition of facial movements and expressions. For example, if you drink out of a straw frequently you will likely develop lip lines from the repeated puckered action. Or if you squint your eyes often you will probably develop worry lines.
Static Wrinkles: these wrinkles are caused by a loss of gravity in the skin, largely due to the reduced elasticity that comes with a loss of collagen and age. Jowls develop mostly due to gravitational forces.
Forehead wrinkles are dynamic wrinkles, meaning they are not completely permanent and still have the potential to spring back if you are young enough. Which is great news! Static wrinkles are much more difficult to get rid of since they are caused by age and gravity. So technically, forehead wrinkles can be reduced and reversed. But it very much depends on your skin’s condition and age. If the fine lines have not set in completely, there is a chance that you can still reverse them before it’s too late. However, if you are more mature or have started to see that the wrinkles in your forehead are pretty much permanent, that’s a sign that you can’t do much to change it anymore.
How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles: Budget-Friendly
1. Quick Fix: Rub Ice Cubes
Ice is well-known for soothing muscles as it can help to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow. This is why athletes ice their muscles, to improve circulation and warm the area. How does this relate to the forehead? Well, the forehead is made of thin muscles with a layer of skin. This muscle is what allows you to make facial expressions. With the repetition of facial expression combined with sun damage and the aging process, the forehead will begin to wrinkle. So by using ice to stimulate more blood circulation, the skin will be soothed and less wrinkly.
Put a bunch of ice cubes in a plastic bag and hold it against your forehead for 10 minutes. You could also rub the cubes directly on your skin for 5 minutes for a more intense feeling.
2. Yummy Option: Banana, Honey, and Yogurt Mask
Make a delicious face mask with these ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Bananas are very rich in potassium and moisture, which make it ideal as a moisturizer. It is also full of Vitamin A which can help smoothen out skin, improve the texture, and heal dry patches. There are also antioxidants in bananas that make it perfect for fighting free radicals. Honey is another well-known ingredient that is good for the skin as it has antimicrobial properties to fight bacteria, antioxidants, and it also speeds up the healing process of skin cells. Meanwhile, yogurt has lactic acid which is a good natural exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells and leave your skin looking much brighter! Mix these three ingredients together for a super potent natural mask that will leave you glowing and refreshed. Your skin will be moisturized and the look of wrinkles will be reduced! Simply mash a ripe banana, add four teaspoons of plain yogurt, and then two tablespoons of honey. Mix them up and apply the mix to your forehead for about 1- to 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and then dry it off with a towel.
3. Easy Option: Rub some olive oil
Olive oil is a fantastic, natural, and affordable option to treat wrinkles. It is full of potent antioxidants, namely Vitamin E, polyphenols, phytosterols, and hydroxytyrosol. These 4 antioxidants work together to fight free radicals and it additionally has a compound called squalene which is extremely hydrating. It’s no wonder it has been used throughout the millennia as a beauty treatment, even Cleopatra used it in her skincare regime! These make it the perfect anti-wrinkle treatment, and might even be more effective than an expensive serum!
To use it, simply rub a layer of extra-virgin olive oil on your forehead before bed at night. You might want to sleep on a towel to prevent it from staining your pillowcase. You will wake up the next day with a glowing and smooth forehead!
Getting rid of forehead wrinkles is not easy, but treating them to reduce the look is! These methods are all budget-friendly and can be done at home, so why not give them a shot?