If there’s one thing that ages you, it’s those dreaded forehead wrinkles. They’re the lines in the sand — or more precisely, in the middle of your face — that tell the world that you’re well past the bloom of youth. Sure, there are injections that will freeze creases into submission and fillers that can plump them up; but if you aren’t ready to start that cycle, dermatologists say there are still some things you can do. Might as well start today.
Creating a battle plan starts with better understanding why we get those wrinkles in the first place. In part, they are earned by simply growing older. And that’s one battle you can’t win. However, many other factors certainly amplify the issue, some of which we can easily change.
The most important factor in protecting your forehead from wrinkles is managing sun exposure. Too much sun slows the body’s production of elastin and collagen, which increase slackness and reduces firmness. This is the same thing that happens over time as we age, only sped up. So wear sunscreen.
Repetitive movements also take a toll on our face. I’m talking to all of you who are constantly squinting and staring at a digital device. Stress and pollution are culprits as well. Genetics are a factor, too. If you saw your mother or grandmother develop pronounced forehead wrinkles, then there’s a good chance you will do the same.
So what’s a girl to do? Skin doctors and estheticians suggest beginning with targeted treatments. When used correctly, they really work.
Ideally this is something you want to start before you hit a crisis point. As a general rule, dermatologists recommend that you start thinking about prevention sometime between your 20s and 30s. But don’t let that deter you if you’ve passed those years.
What you can start at any time is using a vitamin C treatment every morning along with sunscreen. Vitamin C is known to boost collagen while combatting free radical damage, and protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays. In addition, it helps fade dark spots and brightens the complexion overall. As for sunscreen, go with at least SPF 30. To get a double dose of protection, I like products that include additional ingredients which fight the effects of environmental skin damage including pollution.
After you’ve established your morning routine, finish up with a treatment that contains hyaluronic acid. It is an absolute miracle worker. Known for its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, it essentially plumps the skin — without an injection. It’s only temporary of course, but by using it daily you can minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
At night, wrap up you skin care treatments with a product that has either Retin A (which requires a prescription) or a retinol (which does not) The Retin A is strong and works faster, but the less expensive over-the-counter cousin does the same job, it just takes longer. Both products stimulate collagen growth which firms the skin and turns over dead cells faster, providing a more youthful look.
To boost all of this and work off some of that stress, a professional facial can do wonders. Your provider will look at your skin and determine exactly what it needs. Many times you can add on microdermabrasion and/or dermablading which further lessen forehead wrinkles.
These tips make up the general regimen of non-invasive treatments. If you want to amp things up, injections and lasers are a next-step option. But really, stop frowning and start smiling if you really want to see some natural results — a pleasant expression goes a long way in lifting the look of lines.
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