They say forehead wrinkles are a sign of a happy life. One that was full of lots of smiles and laughs.
But as we age and those fine lines turn into deeper wrinkles, we don’t care to see the external signs of a life lived well.
We want the opposite.
A smooth, even forehead with no trace of a wrinkle.
If you’ve ever found yourself physically ironing out your forehead lines with your fingers in front of the mirror then this one’s for you.
STRIPPING IT DOWN
- What Are Forehead Wrinkles?
- Why Does Our Skin Form Wrinkles?
- How to Prevent Forehead Wrinkles
- How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles Naturally
- How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles Surgically
What Are Forehead Wrinkles?
There are several different causes for wrinkles, but we’re going to discuss some of the more common causes for forehead wrinkles specifically.
Dynamic Expression Lines
Dynamic expression lines form as a result of making facial expressions. Each time you smile, frown, crinkle your nose or furrow your brow, for example, you are aiding the formation of wrinkles.
Their formation is exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices like smoking or excessive sun exposure.
Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids
Atrophic crinkling rhytids are wrinkles caused by the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin, the two essential proteins for maintaining younger, tighter looking skin.
Collagen is essential for keeping your skin strong and firm, while elastin gives your skin the ability to stretch and then snap back to its original state.
This type of forehead wrinkle is characterized by their deep furrowed expression that runs parallel between the eyes.
Gravitational folds are another common cause of forehead wrinkles and are a result of aging. Simply put, as you get older your skin loses elasticity and can become droopy or loose. Interestingly enough, this sort of wrinkle is more common in those with slimmer faces. Those of you with plumper, rounder faces are less likely to experience this type of wrinkling.
Why Does Our Skin Form Wrinkles?
Knowledge is power and understanding why your skin forms wrinkles can help you prevent them, or at the very least, reduce their visibility for as long as possible.
There are several reasons why our skins form wrinkles, many of which include natural progression of the skin and lifestyle choices.
Forehead Wrinkles from Aging
Aging is one of the primary causes of forehead wrinkle formation. As we get older our skin naturally degrades and the proteins that keep it looking smooth and tight break down.
Collagen is a crucial component of youthful skin as it is the protein responsible for maintaining skin strength and firmness. Elastin, on the other hand, gives your skin the elasticity to stretch and rebound.
Our bodies naturally produce both collagen and elastin, but this process slows down over time and we start to see their effects vanish.
Forehead Wrinkles from Sun Exposure
Another cause of forehead wrinkles is prolonged sun exposure also known as photo-aging. The sun emits UVA rays that are able to penetrate deep within your skin’s dermis and instigate the decomposition of your collagen and elastin.
Essentially the sun's rays create an enzyme that deteriorates the organic production of collagen and elastin. This enzyme helps kill your collagen and elastin proteins instead of rebuilding them so you begin to see the effects of premature aging and wrinkling.
The good news is, you are in control of your sun exposure. By wearing SPF/sunscreen, a hat or spending adequate amounts of time in the shade while staying hydrated, you can reduce your chances of photo-aging.
Forehead Wrinkles from Repetitive Facial Movements
Repetitive Facial Movements are another cause for forehead wrinkles, and one not easily prevented. We often express ourselves using various facial movements including frowning, smiling or even furrowing your brow. We repeat these facial movements hundreds, if not thousands of time a day. Each of these movements requires your skin’s elasticity to snap it back in place.
Unsurprisingly, over time you wear down the elasticity in these areas and they begin to form forehead wrinkles. While laugh lines are the signs of a life well lived, not all of us are prepared to display them on our forehead so proudly. So with that being said, how can we get rid of them?
How to Prevent Forehead Wrinkles
There are so many ways you can treat and prevent forehead wrinkles, many of which you can do from the comfort and privacy of your very own home. If you prefer a more natural route, then here are a few suggestions on how to get rid of forehead wrinkles at home.
Diet for Preventing Forehead Wrinkles
What you put in your body can greatly impact the quality of your skin. You want to eat nutritious whole foods that offer the vitamins and nutrients that will compliment the production of collagen and elastin.
Foods high in vitamin C are great for forehead wrinkle prevention because they are rich in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Vitamin C also promotes brighter looking skin.
Besides the obvious vitamin C-rich foods like citrus-based fruits, some other foods that provide a great hit of vit-C include kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts and bell peppers.
Supplements for Forehead Wrinkle Prevention
If you aren’t a fan of the foods we listed above, then another way you can get your daily dose of vitamin C is through supplements.
A high quality vitamin C supplement can be great for promoting the natural production of collagen. There are three ways to supplement this particular vitamin; liquid, powder or pill form.
In our opinion, powder or liquid supplements are often much higher quality and can provide greater benefits, though a pill supplement will do just fine if you’re in a pinch or on a budget.
Another supplement you can take is collagen. Most collagen supplements come in powder form or in a vegetable capsule containing the powder for easy consumption. Adding it to your daily routine is simple because you can pop a capsule with a glass of water or add powder to your fave smoothies or fresh pressed juices.
Collagen supplements are great for more than just getting rid of forehead wrinkles though. Some additional benefits include healthier hair, reduced joint pain or stiffness, improve the effects of leaky gut syndrome and so much more.
How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles Naturally
We love whipping together quick and dirty DIY recipes in place of expensive, store bought solutions. The benefits are abundant, but what we love the most is knowing exactly what is in our products and feeling in control of what we’re putting in and on our bodies.
When it comes to tackling forehead wrinkles, we have several DIY remedies that we found success with. Here are a few of our top picks:
Microdermabrasion is the process of gently exfoliating your outer layer of skin to remove any dead skin cells or bacteria that can be putting stress on your skin. This exfoliation scrubs away the junk to reveal fresh, new layers of skin.
This process is not only great for diminishing the appearance of forehead wrinkles, but for treating mild acne, creating brighter skin, and reducing the appearance of superficial scars.
A super simple DIY recipe for microdermabrasion at home includes only two ingredients: water and baking soda.
In a small bowl mix 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water.
Start by washing your face with a mild facial cleanser. Keep your face damp and using clean hands, scoop up some of your baking soda/water paste.
Using circular motions, very gently massage into your face being mindful to not go too close to your eyes as the skin around your eyes is very thin and sensitive.
After 1 minute of gentle massaging, rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
If you find that the paste is just a little too granular for your skin, add more water until it becomes gentle enough to rub on your face. Everyone’s skin is different, but you don’t want to rub your face raw.
Follow up your DIY microdermabrasion by applying a moisturizing anti-wrinkle facial cream.
Suggested use is once weekly. More frequent use can cause skin inflammation, irritation and redness, which will cause far more harm than good to your wrinkle fighting battle.
Anti-Wrinkle Face Mask
Healthy skin is hydrated skin. Too often we forget that our skin forms wrinkles because it is not getting enough moisture.
For a deep penetrating, hydrating anti-forehead wrinkle mask, you will need only 3 easy to find ingredients: honey, coconut oil, powdered milk.
Honey contains humectant properties, which means it helps lock in moisture.
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and contains antibacterial properties that will destroy bacteria on the outer layer of your skin.
Powdered milk contains lactic acid which is rich in alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHA is incredibly effective at tightening and toning your skin which helps to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles.
To make this forehead wrinkle mask you will need 1 teaspoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon powdered milk.
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until nice and smooth. Using clean hands, massage this mask into your face making sure to tackle your wrinkle-zones.
You can safely leave this mask on your face for up to 15 minutes then rinse off using warm water. As always, follow up this mask by applying your favourite facial moisturizer.
We don’t suggest using this mask more than once per week as you may find it irritates your skin and for some, lead to minor acne breakouts.
Forehead Wrinkle Serum
Serums are great for targeting trouble zones with highly potent hits of essential vitamins and nutrients. Essential oils are fantastic for providing this hit.
To make your own forehead wrinkle serum, you will need two items: rosehip oil and coconut oil.
Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 10 drops of rosehip oil and mix until smooth. Using your clean fingers, apply the oil mixture to your forehead and massage into your wrinkles. Allow your skin to soak it in. No post-application cleansing necessary.
If you find that your skin does not respond well to coconut oil you can use rosehip oil by itself. Most oils come with an dropper, so use 1 drop and massage into your skin.
This should be safe to use daily, but avoid contact with your eyes.
Facial Yoga for Forehead Wrinkles
Facial yoga was designed to help you de-stress and strengthen your facial muscles. There are so many muscles in our face that are underused and facial yoga can help build them up.
Facial yoga exercises help boost circulation which leads to improved collagen and elastin production.
How to Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles Surgically
If your are looking for quicker results and don’t mind using less than natural means, there are several surgical options for reducing forehead wrinkles.
Most clinical options are often expensive and require multiple treatments, so that is something to keep in mind when exploring these options.
Laser treatments for forehead wrinkles are effective because you can quite literally laser-focus on your wrinkles.
Lasers use pulsating light beams to remove layer of layer of skin. This is highly effective on forehead wrinkles in particular, because it removes the wrinkled layers of skin leaving behind wrinkle-free skin. It also thickens the dermis for stronger skin in the future.
To actually see the benefits of laser resurfacing you are looking at several treatments and it may cost upwards of $5000 by the time everything is said and done.
In addition to breaking the bank, there are some potential negative side effects of laser resurfacing. If not done properly, you may experience bleaching or scarring. This happens when the laser penetrates too deeply and destroys skin pigments.
Much like a face lift, there is such a thing as a forehead lift. A forehead lift involves creating multiple incisions along the scalp. Loose skin is pulled up for a tighter appearance.
While this method is clearly effective, it is quite invasive and costly. Not to mention the potential for complications. As with any surgery, there is the possibility of complications. In this case, you may experience hair loss or numbness in or around the incision site.
If you’re a fan of Sex and the City then you probably remember the episode where Samantha gets a chemical peel before Carrie’s book launch. The results were horrifying; a red, raw, brutalized face.
There are many different types of facial chemical peels and while they definitely can help get rid of forehead wrinkles you will want to make sure you go to a recognized professional.
Chemical peels apply acidic chemicals to your face and work to peel off outer layers of skin and reveal new, fresh skin.
You can purchase at-home chemical peels for around $50, but a professional peel can cost anywhere between $2000-5000.
Botox and Dermal Fillers
Depending on the cause of your forehead wrinkles you may want to try botox or dermal fillers.
Forehead wrinkles that result from muscle movements (like smiling, frowning, furrowing) are most likely to respond to botox injections.
Botox impacts the nerve functioning of the muscle, but only temporarily, giving you a more relaxed looking face. You can expect 3-4 months worth of results but injections can cost anywhere between $350-500.
Dermal fillers on the other hand, work best for static wrinkles – the ones you see when your face is relaxed. This type of forehead wrinkles form due to a loss of elasticity.
Dermal fillers temporarily plump up the skin’s appearance, erasing wrinkle lines for a younger appearance. There are many different types of fillers, but some of the most common are Restylane and Juvederm. The cost varies anywhere between $500-1300 per injection.
We have provided a significant amount of information for you to digest, and offered many solutions to getting rid of forehead wrinkles. Nature and genetics often outrank even our best efforts, but if you combine several of these wrinkle-fighting methods then you are much more likely to reduce your chances of having wrinkles.