Turning Back the Hands of Time: How to Get Rid of Deep Forehead Wrinkles
Forehead wrinkles or frown lines are not restricted to the realm of aging anymore—even younger people are starting to manifest these pesky lines. It is not enough to keep smiling the day through just to keep them at bay, although a positive attitude can certainly go a long way.
Are you just going to suffer through the unfortunate existence of these deep furrows? Accept that your skin is past your prime in your 30s and attempt to, um, grow old gracefully?
Luckily, there are ways to turn back the hands of time as well as reverse twenty years of bad skin care practices. Yes, you can zap those nasty forehead wrinkles and look younger and healthier without going under the knife.
Do I have your attention now? Then read on so we can do a bit of magic and list the ways on how to get rid of deep forehead wrinkles.
Causes of Deep Forehead Wrinkles
It’s not just your frequent frowning and overall dour outlook on life that is causing those deep furrows to mar your skin, although it certainly does not help things. Before you can get to learn how to get rid of your deep forehead wrinkles, you have to understand what put them there in the first place. Avoid them as much as you can and you will effectively prevent your skin from acquiring new or deeper lines.
- Aging can cause your skin to lose its elasticity, resulting in deep forehead lines as well as wrinkles in other parts of the face. It’s understandable if you’re over 50 but premature aging is a sign of other problems that have started to manifest on your skin.
- Free radicals and UV rays can hasten the aging process of the skin, too. Damaged skin is frequently dry, lackluster, and yes, wrinkly.
- Repetitive face movements can INDEED cause those deep wrinkles to form. Remember when they told you to keep smiling? They had something going with that. If you want to prevent those new lines from cropping up and those old ones from deepening further, try not to frown as much.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol will give you those deep forehead wrinkles as well as a host of other problems. Dry, wrinkly skin is just one sign of an unhealthy body. If you indulge in these a little too often, you seriously need to rethink your life’s decisions.
- Genetics. Well, you can’t honestly argue with this one. Some of us are just more susceptible to acquiring those forehead stripes earlier than the rest of the population.
- Stress and lack of sleep are also contributory to getting forehead wrinkles. Beauty sleep is not a misnomer. To keep your skin and the rest of you healthy, you have to get an adequate amount of sleep.
How to Get Rid of Deep Forehead Wrinkles
The things that put the forehead wrinkles in cannot pull them back out, unfortunately. A complete reversal of a lifetime of excesses and bad habits cannot unmake years of damage on your skin, much more your entire system.
It is a good start but not enough.
Fortunately, studies have shown that there might be ways to make up for the abuse you put your skin through and we shall go through them, as well as the steps you can undertake to get rid of those nasty forehead wrinkles.
1. Botulinum toxin
Botulinum toxin, or Botox as it is more commonly known, is a neurotoxin derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is tasteless and odorless and in the past, was known to kill those unlucky enough to ingest it as a result of doubtful canning and preserving processes.
Thanks to improvements in canning processes, botulism is now a thing of the past and the botulinum toxin is now more popular for its anti-wrinkle effects instead of its killing action. A Botox treatment will only use a very small concentration of the toxin to zap those wrinkles.
Typically, your doctor will inject a minute amount of the toxin into specific areas. The toxin acts by blocking nerve signals to the muscles of your face. Without the signals from the brain, the muscles are paralyzed and unable to contract, effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
This procedure should only be performed by a licensed physician and the effects typically last for around 2 to 3 months.
Before Botox and other in-office treatments, the only way you were going to get rid of wrinkles was to go under the knife. Only those with enough moolah could afford such a procedure and it was highly invasive but there is no pain for the vain, right?
A facelift or rhytidectomy typically involves a skilled plastic surgeon with an eye for detail. The surgeon will do an incision and the fat pockets will be trimmed or redistributed to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. The tissues under the fats may also be repositioned for cosmesis and the muscles, as well as the deeper layers, will be lifted. The excess skin will be trimmed and the incision closed.
Your face will be bruised and swollen at first from the manipulation of the muscles and tissues but after it subsides, you will be wrinkle-free.
All of these will be done surgically with sterile instruments and under anesthesia.
3. Natural Remedies
If the thought of going under the knife or injecting foreign substances under your skin to uplift your skin and get rid of wrinkles, there are thankfully numerous remedies to turn back the hands of time. While they may not have the quickest results that Botox or a facelift can give you, these alternatives are noninvasive and you with a bit of perseverance, you can do these at home.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing capabilities, keeping skin from drying and losing its elasticity faster. What is not so well-known are the antioxidant properties of coconut oil. This study showed that not only does coconut oil have antioxidant properties but that virgin coconut oil has stronger scavenging effects than refined coconut oil.
Things You Need:
- Organic coconut oil (virgin coconut oil is much preferred)
How to Use It:
- Wash or clean the face first to remove the day’s dirt and grime.
- Pat dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing at your face harshly.
- Massage a few drops of coconut oil into your face in gentle, circular motions.
- Allow the oil to seep into your skin and work its wonders!
5. Argan Oil
Like coconut oil, argan oil has taken the world by storm for its many cosmetic benefits. Since around 2007, the number of products containing argan oil has grown by leaps and bounds.
Argan oil is extracted from the argan tree in Morocco and has been traditionally used a dip for bread as well as drizzled on couscous or pasta. It also has its cosmetic functions and is used to treat skin conditions such as acne, as well as use it as brilliantine for their hair.
This study showed a significant increase in skin elasticity in postmenopausal women who either ate or applied argan oil topically.
Things You Need:
- Argan oil
How to Use It:
- As with coconut oil, it is imperative to rid the face of dirt and grime first by washing it.
- Pat your face dry with a towel.
- Using argan oil, gently massage the skin of your face in gentle, circular motions, focusing on target areas.
- Allow the oil to seep into your skin.
- Do this once daily, ideally during the night to allow the oil time to seep into your skin and work its wonders!
6. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamin C, flavonoids, as well as antioxidants, which makes them awesome skin foods! If you’re not convinced, check out this study, which states the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of citrus fruits.
As an added boost, they contain citric acid, a kind of alpha-hydroxy acid, that can gently peel and exfoliate the skin. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Things You Need:
- Lemon juice
- Cotton ball
How to Use It:
- Extract the juice from the lemon and dip your cotton ball into the juice
- Gently apply the lemon juice to your face, especially on your forehead and other target areas.
- Let the juice sit on your skin for a few minutes to air dry.
- Wash the face gently with lukewarm water.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen when you go out! Lemon juice has alpha-hydroxy acid, which can increase skin sensitivity to sunlight.
The visible signs of skin aging are not acquired overnight. These are the accumulated effects of days of stress and sleepless nights, as well as years of unhealthy skin care practices like not wearing sunscreen or indulging in too much alcohol.
Although you may get rid of deep forehead wrinkles easily—and expensively, I might add—through Botox injections and a facelift or rhytidectomy, those deep furrows can still come back with a vengeance if you refuse to make a few tweaks to your lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle coupled with good skin care practices such as pampering your face nightly with coconut oil or argan oil can slowly but surely reverse the aging process in a noninvasive manner. With the help of a bit of moisture and a healthy dose of antioxidants from these two, your skin will certainly reap the refreshing benefits and help you lose those creases over time!
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