Quick and Effective Dermatologist-Approved Ways to Reduce Forehead Wrinkles
The creases on our forehead are the most obvious wrinkles that we see. They show up when you frown, squint, and make a variety of other facial expressions. However, they can become a point of concern when the wrinkles don’t leave even when your face is relaxed. That, my friends, is a telltale sign that you are aging.
How do the Wrinkles Form?
Wrinkles are basically grooves and lines in the skin that form due to our facial expressions. Whenever you make facial expressions (smiling, laughing, frowning, crying, squinting, and so on), fine lines get etched in your skin. In our youth, we still have an active collagen production and abundance of fats allowing 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 permanent grooves in the skin form. Meanwhile, the external aging process is caused by environmental factors. External sources such as the sun and smoking are damaging to the skin because of free radicals which 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.
Static versus Dynamic Wrinkles
Within wrinkles, we can further categorize them into two types — static and dynamic, based on how the wrinkle 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 mostly dynamic wrinkles, meaning they are not completely permanent and still have the potential to spring back if you are young enough. 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 Reduce Forehead Wrinkles?
If your lines are quite fine and shallow lines, they can be improved with a strict skincare regimen of mandatory sunscreen, retinoids, peptides, and products with antioxidant properties. Certain serums like vitamin C derivatives are quite beneficial as they contain antioxidants and can protect the skin from the nasty free radicals that damage the skin proteins.
1. Start using sun protection and Vitamin C serum every morning
Sun exposure is a supercritical factor that most people overlook in skin aging. Although many of us enjoy having a golden tan and spending time in the sun doing sports or being at the beach, the more sun you expose yourself to, unfortunately, the quicker the aging process. You are more likely to develop sun spots, wrinkles, and sagging if you spend too much time in the sun. For starters, reduce the amount of time you are under the sun as much as possible. And to complement that, incorporate some protective products that will boost your skin’s functionalities and contain ingredients that combat the damage done by UV rays. A Vitamin C serum is necessary to improve collagen, fight free radicals, and lighten hyperpigmentation. You must also always wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and broad-spectrum to protect the skin every time you go out. Also, try to wear a hat or sunglasses when you are in the sun. This has the added benefit of requiring you to squint less when you open your eyes, which also leads to wrinkles.
2. Use retinoids
Retinoids are absolutely crucial for an anti-aging routine. Not only are retinoids clinically proven to stimulate the growth of collagen, but it is also a derivative of vitamin A. Apply it at night when the skin repairs itself so that the retinoid can help boost this process. Furthermore, some people might be sensitive to retinoids and it might cause mild irritation such as redness, so applying it at night is best when you do not need to go out.
3. Try peptides
Peptides are proteins that stimulate new cell growth of new cells and also boost cell turnover. Peptides can also stimulate collagen production to improve the skin’s firmness and make it more supple, hence improving elasticity. Peptide serums also have the benefit of boosting the skin’s hydration levels. Frulla seconds this, noting that peptide serums, such as Alastin Restorative Skin Complex, helps promote collagen and elastin production while boosting skin hydration overall.
4. Try a dermatologist procedure
If you’re a little older and already have a number of wrinkles that are beyond topical help, try going to a dermatologist or aesthetician for professional treatment. Some of the popular ones include:
Fraxel uses fractional laser technology to deeply penetrate through the skin’s layers. This triggers the body to undergo a natural healing process which improves overall skin texture as the damaged skin layers are replaced with fresh collagen and elastin.
Ematrix is a sublative treatment that uses laser resurfacing to tighten the skin, stimulate collagen production through heat energy, and also improves skin texture.
Thermage is great for forehead wrinkles and utilizes radiofrequency technology in penetrating the innermost layers of the skin with heat. By heating the deep tissues, collagen production is stimulated.
If you saw Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial and were fascinated by it, you can try it too! Vampire facelifts combine micro-needling with PRP, a very potent platelet-rich plasma protein that contains a multitude of growth factors which are what our cells use to regenerate new tissue. Despite the scary appearance of blood, it is a very safe and effective, as well as exciting procedure.
There are a multitude of methods for people of all skin types and ages if you are looking to reduce or prevent wrinkles. From the easy everyday sunscreen to the more outlandish vampire facials, these are all dermatologically-proven solutions that will improve your skin texture and elasticity!