Getting Rid of Forehead Wrinkles
Forehead wrinkles are probably the first wrinkles you will encounter in life. These wrinkles show up when you frown, squint, and make a variety of other facial expressions. However, they become a concern when they don’t go away. When the wrinkles stay even when your face is relaxed. That is a telltale sign that you are aging.
Now before you panic, remember that aging is a completely normal and natural process! All our bodies will eventually grow old and stop functioning the way they used to in our twenties. It is simply a biological process that does not mean you are becoming less attractive or worthy! However, with all that being said, aging still makes us self-conscious, especially women who take pride in their physical appearance. The aging process is stigmatized by the way skincare brands market products that promise “youth and “rejuvenation”. Aging is a nasty thing to be done away with. With so many assumptions about wrinkles floating around, let’s talk about what wrinkles actually are, and guess what, you can actually get rid of forehead wrinkles. Keep reading to find out how!
What exactly are wrinkles, and why is the forehead so prone to them?
Wrinkles are essentially grooves and lines in the skin that form due to the changing of our facial expressions. In fact, wrinkles don’t just appear when your skin gets older with age. Wrinkles have their beginning from your childhood and younger years. 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.
It’s important to understand the aging process of the skin as this will tell us at what stage of aging we might be at, and what are the appropriate ways to deal with it at the current moment. The skin ages through a number of cumulative processes that occur naturally as the body grows older. There are both internal and external aging processes. The internal aging process happens naturally regardless of what you do. We don’t have control over this process. 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.
However, there is also an external aging process caused by environmental factors. External sources that are damaging to the skin are caused by free radicals that pull electrons from molecules in the skin, resulting in biological alterations to the cells. Skin proteins are damaged and as a result, skin becomes more brittle and less elastic. The biggest culprits of external skin damage are UV exposure (sun exposure) and smoking.
Can forehead wrinkles be reversed?
Technically, yes they can. 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.
Prevention Starts from Young
Cultivating a good foundation for your skin to age is important if you are worried about wrinkles. From a young age, try to stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen with a broad-spectrum and minimum SPF 30. The sun is one of the biggest causes of skin aging due to the free radicals in UV rays that can do lots of irreversible damage to our skin proteins and cells. Another big piece of advice would be to never pick up smoking. Smoking is extremely effective in aging the skin due to the presence of harmful substances like nicotine that can damage the skin as well. Start using anti-aging skincare products from young such as retinols, serums, and eye creams that all aim at hydrating and boosting your skin as the natural functions decrease inactivity.
Best Methods to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles
Wrinkles can be reduced by both invasive and non-invasive methods ranging from topical treatments to injectables and fillers. Fillers and Botox are the most effective at getting rid of wrinkles immediately, while topical products mostly serve to reduce the look of them.
Botox gets a bad rep as it is stereotyped for being a form of “plastic surgery”. There are tons of tropes about middle-aged women who get overfilled with Botox and can’t move their faces anymore. However, a lot of the misconceptions about Botox overshadow the real reason Botox is popular — it is a very effective way of getting rid of wrinkles temporarily. Botox is injected into the fine lines or wrinkles with a substance called Botulinum toxin type A, which stops the muscle it is injected into from contracting, which is why it is so effective. However, it is slowly going out of fashion as more types of injectables develop.
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are the alternative to Botox and they are gaining in popularity among not just older women but younger women too. Dermal fillers are different because unlike Botox it does not work on the muscle, but rather fills out the fine lines by injecting hyaluronic acid. It lasts up to six months before you will need to get a top-up.
3. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels do exactly as their name goes — a chemical solution is applied to the affected area. The solution dissolves the layer of dead skin and causes it to peel off, revealing a new layer of fresh, smooth skin underneath. This might help with improving the texture of the skin, but you will require numerous chemical peels for results to show.
4. Rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is an essential oil made from the rosehip plant and it has recently gained traction for its anti-aging benefits. It is very high in Vitamin C which gives it a lot of antioxidant properties. It is an overall good choice for anti-aging but particularly so for wrinkles as it can reduce the look of wrinkles. In addition, it also stimulates collagen production and penetrates deep into the skin for moisturizing benefits.
Forehead wrinkles can form early on, so prevention is always better than cure! Stay out of the sun and start using retinols and moisturizers from young so that you can stay wrinkle-free for a bit longer!