Contributed by – Miranda Steadman, Natural Beauty Specialist for the Face Fitness Center
As we age, we develop wrinkles on our face as it is the most sun-exposed part of our body. It is most visible, however, on our forehead.
But what are they? What causes them?
And most importantly, how can you reduce them or even get rid of them?
Let’s find out.
Wrinkles, in general, are the most common indicator of aging. Wrinkles can be in the form of faint lines or tiny creases and/or deep grooves. Wrinkles on our forehead, however, appear as horizontal lines found in the middle of the hair line and the eyebrows. It can also appear as vertical lines in the middle of the eyebrows.
Forehead wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors. The most common cause of such, nevertheless, is age. As we age, our skin’s elasticity lessens, becoming more fragile in the process. Skin cells division will slow down and the dermis will begin thinning. There will be less natural oils produced that will cause the skin become drier. The fat cells will also start shriveling, and now that there is no structure to give the skin its plump appearance, the skin will start to sag. More pronounced crevices and lines will appear thus making the skin appear wrinkled.
Other than age, genes and gender can also add up to the development of forehead wrinkles.
There are many people who develop wrinkles as early as in their 40s because of their genetic predisposition. Also, women, compared to men, develop more wrinkles in their perioral area (mouth). The reason behind this is that men have more sweat glands and sebaceous glands as well as more blood vessels in that area.
Particular habitual facial expression such as frowning, squinting, and raising eyebrows can also cause forehead wrinkles. When our muscles contract repeatedly and over long periods, this can lead to premature wrinkle formation. With each time facial muscles are used, a groove develops underneath the skin’s surface. Further, the skin in our faces may no longer able of springing back to its original place when we age.
Lifestyle also contributes to forehead wrinkle formation. Aside from drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking greatly contributes to the process. All the converted chemicals contained in a cigarette can interfere with skin regeneration. This is because these chemicals have the ability of changing blood supply into the skin. What exacerbates the situation is unhealthy diet that often accompanies unhealthy social life. Poor nutrition contributes immensely on premature skin aging.
Finally, environmental factors like pollution and excessive sun exposure can lead to the formation of forehead wrinkles. Pollutants and ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the elastin proteins and collagen, thus diminishing the Vitamin E in our skin. This can also affect the flexibility and strength of the skin resulting to skin sagging.
Here’s the real problem…
Well, a person’s facial appearance just looks older than it should look. Or at least older than someone wants it to look. This is more so when forehead wrinkles start appearing at a relatively young age. The face will then suffer from lacking of facial definition. As the skin becomes drier also, it becomes itchy and rough.
Other than this, the problems tend to be more emotional and social in nature. Youth is definitely held onto at all costs.
Why? Well, they are expensive, invasive, and even dangerous.
There are some over-the-counter products that can be used in treating forehead wrinkles that you may not be aware of.
Two of these medications are topical retinoids and non-prescription creams. Retinoids are a Vitamin A derivative and are perfect for reducing fine wrinkles. Retin-A is one of the examples of topical retinoids.
Wrinkle creams, on the other hand, are used in reducing slight to modest wrinkles. Alphahydorxy acid is an example of non-prescription creams.
And then there are the invasive procedures like dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, laser treatment, and botox, all of which aim at reducing the visible lines and eliminating them if possible. They are quite costly in general and quite uncomfortable as well. Dermabrasion is the process of sanding the skin layer with the use of a rotating brush (ouch!). Microdermarasion is almost the same though it only applies to less skin layer with the use of a vacuum suction.
And let’s not forget about laser treatments. They include ablative (wounding) and non-ablative processes. The epidermis will be destroyed with the use of laser beams and the dermis will be heated. This will stimulate the development of fresh collagen fibers to give birth to new, wrinkle-free skin. Non-ablative laser treatment uses less intense laser beams that are also divided into numerous smaller pulses. With this, non-ablative treatment take longer to finish due to longer healing time required.
And then there is Botox (botolinum toxin). This is the process of injecting a chemical to the muscles in rather small doses. Botox can block chemical signals causing muscle contraction. The results of such a treatment can last up to 4 months, and repeat treatment is required for maintenance.
These treatments are not where you want to start.
There are also alternative treatments. Aside from eating a balanced diet, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, stopping smoking, moisturizing the skin, wearing sunscreen, face firming exercise is also considered one of the best alternative treatment to forehead wrinkle.
Here’s an exercise from our programs you can try right now…
The Forehead Un-liner works your Frontalis muscle to keep your forehead from drooping. When under-exercised, the Frontalis muscle tends to elongate and sag, and can squash your eyebrows out of their natural arch. By tightening and firming your forehead, the Forehead Un-liner also helps to redefine your eyebrows.
From its name, these exercises are specifically created for our face. By strengthening your facial muscles. As you age, the elasticity in your face fades and you lose tone. Facial muscles are attached to the skin. And when the muscles begin to lose some of their elasticity because of aging or even from gravity, the skin on your face that is attached to the muscles starts to become soose and sag and cause wrinkles.
There are over 40 muscles in the face which can be exercised just like the muscles in your body. And these muscles can help to tighten facial skin and make those face muscles stronger.
The best part? These exercises only take a few minutes, and can be performed at home