Sometimes it only takes a few simple but effective lifestyle changes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, in between visits to your medical aesthetician. When we think about unwanted lines and wrinkles, we tend to picture crow’s feet around the eyes, or expressions lines under the nose and around the mouth.
However, those types of wrinkles are much simpler to treat and easier to avoid than the inevitable forehead creases that creep in by your late thirties to early forties. They can be caused by sun exposure, repetitive frowning, loss of skin elasticity due to getting older, and even genetics, all of which cannot be avoided.
These days there are several ways to reduce forehead wrinkles and creases outside of opting in for a new hairstyle with long bangs to hide them.
There are also many cosmetic procedures and products that can be used to lessen the appearance of these annoying lines but there are some effective lifestyle changes you can make too. These changes can decrease your chances of aging prematurely and lessen the appearance of forehead wrinkles if they do end up appearing.
The following are 5 lifestyle changes you can make that will mitigate the chances of getting wrinkles and reduce the impact wrinkles have on your skin.
When your skin is dried out, any wrinkles that you do have will become more apparent. This is especially true for your forehead, which tends to be drier than the lower areas of the face where more natural oils are present. Seasonal and weather changes can only add to the problem, and moisturizers are only a temporary fix.
Dehydrated skin allows parched fine lines around the eyes and forehead wrinkles to become much more visible. Unfortunately, these creases are often mistaken for expression lines and wrinkles, however adequate hydration keeps your forehead plump and supple, diminishing any lines you may already have.
There is a simple solution: drink more water! It’s important to hydrate and nourish your skin from the inside out. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day and be sure to drink more during days that you work out and are sweating a lot.
If water is not your cup of tea, simply add a slice of lemon or a fruit infuser to make it taste better. Also, avoid drinking a lot of alcohol or consuming too much salt because they contribute to hydrating your skin.
Glycolic acid, which is a hydroxy acid, is highly recommended for exfoliating the skin. Glycolic acid is an ingredient found in several over-the-counter chemical peels and leave-on treatments.
In the continuous search for younger-looking skin, it has been discovered that glycolic acid strips away dead and damaged skin to reveal the healthier cells beneath. Be aware that glycolic acid use can result in sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear sunscreen after each application if you will be out in the sun a lot.
Retinol encourages collagen production and instigates skin cell turnover. Retinol does not work well in direct sunlight so you may have to wait until after the sun goes down, or you can hide your forehead with a hat.
Believe it or not, even with the scientifically proven risks associated with smoking like emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease, many people continue to smoke.
It is a known fact that smoking cigarettes can lead to forehead wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. The chemicals in tobacco smoke have been proven to damage skin’s elasticity and reduce the production of collagen.
It has been shown that those who smoke have fewer collagen and elastin fibres in the dermis; this finding can justify lower dermis density in smokers which is shown in our study.
When you smoke, premature lines, creases, and wrinkles are bound to start appearing. This is especially true with areas above your eyebrows.
While these changes may not really be visible or prominent until you reach your late thirties, it is important to consider making healthier choices earlier in life to prevent permanent damage to your skin in the future.
Botox injections are a great weapon in the fight against forehead wrinkles. Some doctors consider Botox to also be a wrinkle preventative measure which reduces the ability for wrinkles and creases to form.
The positive effect of Botox lasts approximately 3 to 6 months. It helps smooth out fine lines, reduce sweating, and has been known to prevent migraine headaches.
To learn more about using Botox against wrinkles, speak with your doctor. There are some possible but minimal side effects which your doctor can explain to you in detail. Some risks include dry eyes, headaches, flu-like symptoms, bruising and inflammation.
You can make Botox injection a part of your lifestyle by making regular appointments with your aesthetician or doctor and making sure you keep those appointments.
Being in the sunlight for prolonged periods of time and over the course of several years can certainly add to the prevalence of forehead wrinkles. Ultraviolet rays have long been known to be a culprit in the battle against premature wrinkling, and this is especially true when it comes to forehead wrinkles, since they can also be caused by squinting.
The ultraviolet radiation provided by sunlight has been proven to prompt the creation of free radicals in your skin, which can damage its elastin fibres.
This means there’s much less protection provided against wrinkling and even skin cancer. And, if you are fair skinned, you are even more vulnerable to this process and even more likely to develop forehead wrinkles.
You can easily protect yourself against the sun by wearing protective clothing such as hats or visors, or simply staying inside during the middle part of the day when the sun is at its strongest.
Protecting your skin with a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15 is probably your best defence.
The ongoing battle against aging will continue because we value personal beauty. Living healthy by staying hydrated, eating well, staying out of direct sunlight, and not smoking are great ways to start.
Fortunately, there are cosmetic wrinkle treatments that work too, and while it can be difficult to permanently prevent wrinkles, these tips should make them appear less prominent and noticeable.
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