Your teen years are becoming a distant memory, and looking in the mirror, you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles across your forehead. You're not alone. Forehead wrinkles are one of the leading skin concerns among people 25 and older.
As you age, your skin changes, and some of these changes are unwelcome. There are several options for covering them up. There are also certain things you can do to prevent them from getting worse or developing prematurely. However, it's impossible to completely halt all the signs of aging.
If you're wondering what you can do about forehead wrinkles, we are going to go over different options and everything you need to know about them.
How Forehead Wrinkles Form
Age is the primary reason that forehead wrinkles form. As you age, your skin's collagen and elastin production slow down. These two things keep skin looking youthful, and without them, your skin develops creases and lines and begins sagging.
You may only have dynamic wrinkles, which you can only see when making a facial expression. You may have static wrinkles, which means you can see them even when the face is at rest. Genetics plays a role in when a person will start to develop these static wrinkles.
Some people have thicker skin than others and won't show signs of aging early, as long as they take care of their skin. People with thinner skin are more predisposed to early signs of aging.
However, there are other reasons you may have forehead wrinkles since other factors can play a part. One of the main culprits of wrinkles, besides aging, is sun damage. Too much sun can slow down collagen and elastin production, just like aging.
When you go outside, always wear SPF and be extra careful when it comes to your face if you want to stay wrinkle-free. Try wearing a hat or a visor whenever you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.
Other forehead wrinkle causes include:
- Facial muscle strength
- Repetitive expressions
- Behavioral habits (Like drinking and smoking)
All of these things can negatively affect your skin and can result in those dreaded forehead wrinkles!
How To Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles
There are many professional treatment options for forehead wrinkles. The most common procedures are dermal fillers and botox, but if needles aren't your thing, more choices are available.
Fraxel is a skin resurfacing procedure that can treat multiple signs of aging. The Fraxel laser blasts away fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. The process creates microthermal zones that your skin repairs by shedding the old cells and making new ones. It replaces 15% to 20% of wrinkled skin by accelerating the body's collagen production and stimulating new, healthy skin cell growth.
Many people can see a difference in their skin after a week. However, if the dermatologist recommends multiple treatments, you may not see results until after the last session. Your increased collagen production should last three to six months after your last treatment.
Thermage is another procedure that is very effective in treating wrinkles. The procedure is non-invasive and uses radiofrequency waves to target signs of aging. It heats up the deep layers of your skin, which causes your body to produce more collagen. By restoring the collagen levels, your fine lines and wrinkles will fill in.
Thermage can work on all skin types. It can also be used on areas besides your face, like your neck and chest. You will see results soon after treatment, and the effects can last for years.
Similar to Thermage, a microcurrent facial is another pain-free option to treat your forehead wrinkles. Microcurrent machines are applied to the face and essentially work out your facial muscles.
Low-voltage electricity stimulates new cell growth and collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin. The facials can smooth the connective tissues in the face reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles.
One downside is it takes weekly treatments to maintain the results. After four to six weeks, you can move to bi-weekly appointments. The time commitment means it may not be the best option for everyone.
How To Cover Forehead Wrinkles
Makeup is an excellent tool when it comes to hiding imperfections. Although makeup won't erase your forehead wrinkles, it can make them less noticeable.
The first step is to start with hydrated skin. Dehydrated skin will lead to your makeup settling right into your wrinkles. Primer is also critical when you're trying to fill fine lines and wrinkles. It fills in the lines and allows the foundation to glide over them effortlessly.
After moisturizer and primer, it's time to go in with a little bit of foundation. Too much foundation will end up collecting in your forehead wrinkles. HIDE Premium Foundation is buildable so that you can start with a very thin layer. You can apply the product with a foundation brush or a damp makeup sponge.
Once your foundation is in place, go in with a concealer if you need a little extra coverage. Similar to foundation, you only want to use a small amount. Dab the product into your skin until you reach the desired coverage. HIDE Premium Concealer is an oil-free and lightweight professional product that can cover anything.
Next, play up the features of your face that you do like. Think about doing a bold lip or a fun eyeshadow look to draw attention away from your forehead wrinkles. Once you finish, opt to set your face with a setting spray instead of a powder, since powder can settle into your wrinkles.
How To Prevent Forehead Wrinkles
Besides makeup and professional treatments, you can also take preventative steps to slow down the signs of aging. Great skincare can do wonders for your skin.
Retinoids can do a lot to reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. Vitamin A in retinoids stimulates cell turnover and increases collagen production. Retinoids also can give your softer skin and even out texture.
If you have sensitive skin, it may be best to introduce it into your routine slowly. After a few weeks, you should be using it at least three times a week to see results. Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so applying them at night is usually best.
As we have gone over, sun damage is one of the leading causes of skin damage. Incorporate sunscreen into your morning skincare routine to protect your skin from UV rays. SPF will ensure you don't get premature wrinkles from the sun.
Glycolic acid works wonderfully to exfoliate the skin. Glycolic acid is the main ingredient in many chemical peels, and it works by removing the dead skin cells to reveal healthy, younger-looking skin. Like retinoids, glycolic acid can cause sensitivity to the sun, so wearing sunscreen after using it is crucial.
The sooner you start taking care of your skin and treating your forehead wrinkles, the better. It's easier to fill fine lines and small wrinkles than prominent ones.
Thankfully, there are many different skincare products on the market designed specifically for your wrinkles. There are also a number of professional treatments that can make a significant impact.
There are also makeup techniques that can disguise your wrinkles. HIDE products are designed to cover all of your imperfections. You can have smooth-looking skin in no time!