If you are looking for real and reliable information on how to prevent forehead wrinkles, then I would like to share with you, 7 great ways to help you achieve your goal. The steps and options which I am going to discuss can not only help you to avoid forehead wrinkles, but they can also help you to smoothen and reduce any existing wrinkles.
Naturally, I cannot guarantee that you will see the sort of results you are looking for. If you already have deep forehead lines and you are determined to totally eradicate them permanently, then it would be safe to say that cosmetic surgery is most likely the only option capable of meeting your expectations. Of course, not all of us can afford such extravagance, and neither do we all want to resort to such drastic measures.
Dynamic Forehead Wrinkles vs. Static Forehead Wrinkles
I am not sure if “dynamic wrinkles” and “static wrinkles” are official terms used by dermatologists and beauty clinicians, but it won’t do any harm for me to use them here to help provide a bit of extra clarity. So, what is actually the difference?
- Dynamic Wrinkles – These are essentially the forehead wrinkles that appear as a result of facial expressions. They are temporary, and only seen during certain facial expressions. For example, if you raise your eyebrows, you will notice a series of horizontal wrinkles on your forehead. If, on the other hand, you frown, you will notice vertical wrinkles or vertical line on forehead skin, typically in the area between your eyebrows, directly above the bridge of your nose. As soon as you lower your eyebrows or you stop frowning, these wrinkles disappear.
- Static Wrinkles – These generally tend to look exactly the same as the dynamic wrinkles mentioned above, but unfortunately, they are for the most part, permanent. These are the wrinkles which so many people are concerned about. Their arrival is part of the natural aging process. We cannot avoid them indefinitely, but we can delay their arrival, and if they have already arrived, there are a number of things we can do to reduce the severity/depth of these wrinkles.
What Causes Static Forehead Wrinkles?
Permanent lines and wrinkles are caused by a combination of things. Genetics is one of them, hence the reason why some people get forehead wrinkles at 20, while other people only start getting them when they hit their forties or fifties. Repetitive facial expressions over a period of many years are another major contributing factor.
As we age, our bodies also begin to produce less and less collagen and elastin. Both of these are crucial for skin health. When the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin starts to decline, our skin begins to lose its youthful appearance, and of course, it begins to sag and lose its elasticity. Lastly, a natural weakening of muscles that accompanies aging, also contributes to the issue of forehead wrinkles.
I have come across some articles online that recommend certain facial exercises as a way to get rid of frown lines, but let us just say that I am not convinced. The exercises I have read about involve making several facial expressions. This simply makes no sense to me considering that facial expressions are partly responsible for frown lines, etc.
How to Prevent Forehead Wrinkles
I really wish I could tell you how to prevent forehead wrinkles indefinitely, but unfortunately, I cannot. Unless we undergo expensive cosmetic surgery, we will just have to come to terms with the fact that forehead wrinkles are an inevitable part of growing old. On the other hand, if you only want to know how to prevent forehead wrinkles for as long as possible, then you will be pleased to know that there are some really effective solutions. Let us go ahead and take a look at 7 of them:
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Avoid Any and All Tobacco Products
Topical Retinoids, Peptides, and Antioxidants
Use Topical Products Containing Hyaluronic Acid
Fraxel Dual Laser Treatment
Thermage Facelift Treatments
I know, this is common knowledge these days, and if you have been searching for advice on how to prevent or delay the appearance of forehead wrinkles, you have most likely seen this advice mentioned everywhere. I am only including it in this post because it should be the starting point in your quest to prevent and/or reduce wrinkles. Unprotected exposure to direct sunlight can cause significant and irreversible damage to your skin. It is probably the leading cause of premature aging, so it is something we need to take very seriously.
If you cannot resist spending a lot of time in the sun, or if you simply cannot avoid it, then it is essential for you to use adequate protection, including a good quality sunscreen lotion. According to the Mayo Clinic website, you should ideally use a 30 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen lotion. Just be warned, many sunscreens contain highly questionable and potentially dangerous chemical ingredients. What is the point of using a sunscreen lotion to protect your skin against the sun if the lotion itself can damage your skin? To this end, I strongly recommend that you opt for an all-natural sunscreen lotion.
If you are serious about preventing and/or reducing forehead wrinkles and even other facial lines and wrinkles, do not smoke, and if you already do, then you really need to quit the habit. Yes, I am sure most people already know how damaging smoking can be for your health. This post is not about overall health. It is about how to prevent forehead wrinkles, and smoking is not going to help. The truth is: smoking is a significant contributor when it comes to premature aging.
Smoking reduces blood circulation as well as oxygen levels in your blood. Both of these are crucial for optimal skin health. When your skin is deprived of either, premature aging occurs. This explains why smokers nearly always look older and more weathered than non-smokers do. According to Forefront Dermatology, smoking also drastically increases your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) by 52 percent.
There are nowadays many topical skin care products that contain retinoids, peptides and various antioxidants. While these sorts of products can often be used to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including frown lines that are only just starting to appear, they cannot get rid of more pronounced wrinkles. They can often help to smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your forehead and elsewhere on your face, but they will not eliminate them altogether.
For maximum effect, it would be best to start using these topical creams and serums before any wrinkles begin to appear, preferably when you are still in your thirties. Once again, I would strongly recommend choosing good quality products made from natural ingredients. One important thing to remember is that while retinoids can be greatly beneficial in your battle against wrinkles, it does not stand up well to direct sunlight. For this reason, I would recommend looking for a good night cream or night serum that contains retinoids. You can read more about the results of a very convincing study published on the US National Library of Medicine website.
Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most talked about ingredients within the cosmetics and skin care industry. One of the most impressive qualities of Hyaluronic Acid is its water-holding ability. In fact, Hyaluronic Acid is able to hold approximately one thousand times its own weight in water. In terms of hydration, this is nothing short of remarkable. However, the reason why I am mentioning it in this post is because it is also highly effective at plumping up the skin. Obviously, this can be very useful for reducing the depth and/or severity of lines and wrinkles. Again, even though Hyaluronic Acid has proven to be very effective, it is not some sort of miracle ingredient. If your frown lines and forehead wrinkles are already quite deep, you will need to consider a slightly more aggressive type of treatment.
Fraxel Dual is a two-in-one form of laser treatment. The device is able to emit two highly accurate pinpoint laser beams, each with the ability to penetrate the skin to a different depth. The laser beams can be used individually or they can be used simultaneously at the same time. Fraxel Dual laser treatment is used primarily for removing and/or reducing things like surgery scars, acne scarring and wrinkles. It is also often used to get rid of sun spots and other skin blemishes, and even for treating pre-cancers on the skin.
Treatment is usually repeated multiple times, with the actual number of consultations depending on the severity of the problem being treated. During a procedure, patients will often feel a tingling sensation in the area being treated. After a treatment session ends, a cool damp cloth is usually placed over the treated areas for a short while prior to you leaving the clinic. Many people also experience some degree of pain and discomfort in the hours following treatment. This has been likened to the pain caused by bad sunburn. Patients can effectively control the pain simply by taking over-the-counter painkillers. If you would like to find out more about Fraxel Dual, you can do so here.
If you look around online for information on how to prevent forehead wrinkles, you may come across a treatment known as Thermage. If so, you will most likely see it being described or promoted as a form of treatment for removing or reducing lines and wrinkles, including frown lines and horizontal forehead wrinkles. Unlike Fraxel Dual which I discussed above, Thermage treatments rely on radiofrequency rather than on lasers.
In simple terms, the radio waves produce energy which in turn produces heat that penetrates the dermis beneath the surface of your skin. It has been shown to be particularly well-suited for forehead wrinkles due to its ability to stimulate natural collagen production. Because radiofrequency is delivered directly to the dermis via small handheld devices, it has become increasingly popular as a non-invasive skin treatment.
Despite its effectiveness, it should be noted that Thermage treatments are not able to completely remove deep frown lines or other deep wrinkles. The treatment is most effective if it is used when you first begin to notice lines or wrinkles starting to appear on your forehead.
No, I am not joking. There really is a cosmetic procedure known as a Vampire Facelift. Vampire facelifts are considered to be an invasive cosmetic procedure, although not as invasive as surgical facelift procedures. The procedure involves a physician drawing blood from a patient and then using it to create platelet-rich plasma. This is then used alongside hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers and administered to the problem areas via a series of injections.
The average procedure can typically be completed in less than one hour. The treatment is used for plumping up skin, filling wrinkles, and for improving the overall appearance of the areas being treated. Most patients describe the procedure as being painless, and report seeing almost instantaneous results.
Although the results of a PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma) facelift can last for several months or even years, many people do end up having to go for follow-up treatments. These treatments cannot prevent wrinkles from forming, but they can stop wrinkles from becoming visible. However, it is worth noting that PRP facelifts are not suitable for people who have certain existing medical conditions such as blood cancers, HIV, etc.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, there are several options available for people who want to reduce the appearance or severity of wrinkles. Some are more effective than others, but none of them can totally eradicate wrinkles and/or sagging skin other than expensive cosmetic surgery. Many of us do not have the money to pay for expensive procedures, so we need to look at how to prevent forehead wrinkles from forming in the first place.
The best way to do this is by adopting a healthy diet, a healthy lifestyle, and a good robust skin care regimen. It is never too late to start, but the sooner you do, the more success you are likely to have. Oh, and before I forget, I really recommend that you do whatever you can to control stress levels. Constant or even regular high levels of stress can cause you to look way older than you actually are.