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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.

2. Facelift

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.

Conclusion

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!

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Do you have premature signs of skin aging? What are your suggestions for an anti-aging skincare routine? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Dry skin can seriously knock off a lot of confidence points.

Not only does it have a lackluster appearance, it also encourages those awful fine lines to show up and wave “Hi!” for everyone to see. Great, now you look stressed and older than your age.

In an effort to revive your, um, youth and radiance, you might have already tried numerous products and creams, moisturizers that claim to reverse the aging process and whatever. Still, they did not work.

Then, you heard something new that is causing all the rage in the beauty world. Like “fountain of youth” kind of hot.

So you decided to try out a hyaluronic acid serum and despite its reputation for serious hydration, you still find yourself with dry skin and those godawful fine lines.

What went wrong?

To use the hyaluronic acid serum properly, you first have to understand what hyaluronic acid is and how it works.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, is a substance that naturally occurs in the body and is found in the fluids in the eyes and joints, as well as the spaces in between the cells of the skin. In humans, hyaluronic acid is most abundant in the skin. The hyaluronic acid found in the skin alone accounts for 50 percent of the total hyaluronic acid in the whole body.

Hyaluronic acid is a non-sulfated glycosaminoglycan. Glycosaminoglycans are highly polar and attract water, which makes them ideal as lubricants and shock absorbers. Hyaluronic acid in itself is capable of attracting and binding up to a thousand times its weight in water, making it the most important molecule involved in maintaining skin moisture.

 

Shea Butter Is Our Skin’s BFF — Fact or Fiction?

Can you believe our skin is actually "busy" while we're asleep at night? Our face continues to produce sebum and sweat even in the wee hours and at the same time; it actively renews and repairs itself. That is why skincare before bedtime is paramount to keeping a beautiful healthy skin. The question is, what skincare routine should we do before sleeping?

Some people simply wash their faces with their favorite facial soaps while some others use astringents and whatnots. But have you ever thought about putting shea butter on your face at night? Is it good for the skin?

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a cream-colored natural substance extracted from the seed of an African Karite tree. It is derived from a string of fatty acids, mainly steairic acid and oleic acid that are known to be highly beneficial to the skin and somewhat practical for food preparation. In fact, some Africans use it as cooking oil and some chocolate industries substitute cocoa powder to shea butter to create a unique flavor. Cosmetics industries also incorporate shea butter in their skin and hair care products.

Benefits

1. Skin Care

Do you know that Egyptian queen Nefertiti's beauty secret is shea butter? Shea butter is a known emollient and is recognized by dermatologists and beauty experts all over the world. It is rich in vitamins A and E, allantoin, essential fatty acids and non-saponifiable components.

  • Moisturizer: Shea butter makes an excellent moisturizer. It remains solid at room temperature but easily melts on the skin to form a non-greasy coating which is perfect in sealing moisture and preventing dry skin.
  • Anti-aging : The natural constituents in shea butter stimulates collagen production which is essential in boosting our skin's strength and elasticity and in replacing dead skin cells with healthy new ones. Additionally, it penetrates the skin easily without clogging any pores or making the skin oily. As a result, our skin remains supple, nourished and wrinkle-free. 
  • Even skin tone: Because of its nonsaponifiable ingredients, shea butter restores the elasticity of the skin and helps maintain a radiant, even skin tone.
  • Natural Acne Treatment: Shea butter is not only nourishing but it also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating pimples and blemishes.

2. Hair Care

Thanks to the moisturizing and healing properties abundant in shea butter, it remains to be a salutary hair care commodity.

  • Protection: Shea butter coats the hair shaft thereby protecting it from sun damage and even from chlorine and salt when swimming in pools or ocean. This is especially beneficial for those who loves artificial hair color and leisure swimming.
  • Natural Conditioner: Do you treat your hair with chemical straighteners, curlers and perms? These can strip off the natural mnoisture of the hair. To restore moisture, shea butter can help. The vitamins A and E in it makes it a brilliant and super effective hair moisturizer.
  • Anti-dandruff: Shea butter seals in moisture and lavishly conditions the scalp thereby providing overall protection and alleviating dandruff.
  • Healthy scalp: With its vitamins A and E, anti-inflammatory properties and ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily residue and clogging pores, shea butter is effective in soothing dry and itchy scalp, eczema, dermatitis and even psoriasis.

3. Healing

Shea butter possesses potent healing properties and is known to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well. It has long been used for the treatment of scars, eczema, acne, chapped lips, stretch marks, dark marks and skin allergies, and has even been used as a base for medical ointments. In Nigeria, shea butter is massaged into joints and other painful body parts to alleviate the muscle soreness and/or treat arthritis. Some also use it to soothe discomfort in sinusitis and nasal congestion.

4. Sun Protection

Shea butter absorbs UV rays and acts as a natural sunscreen, with a minimal amount of SPF to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. It also perfects for winter use as it hydrates the skin and it prevents windburn.

5. Baby Care

Due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties that fight off yeast, shea butter prevents or heals diaper rash and eczema. It is also all natural (no chemicals) and gentle on the skin, which makes it ideal for babies' delicate skin.

Drawback

While a lot of people vouch for the wonders of shea butter, some dermatologists warn that natural shea butter is not best for everyone. Director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Joshua Zeichner said that shea butter should only be used on the body and hair but not on the face. "It's very rich and can make some people break out," he explains.

Shea butter vs Natural oils

Most seed oils are divided into two fractions: saponifiable and nonsaponifiable. Saponifiable means it contains most moisturizing properties while nonsaponifiable means it contains most healing properties. Shea butter stands out from the rest because apart from its moisturizing properties Furthermore, it has an exceptionally large nonsaponifiable fraction that allows it to heal an extensive list of skin problems.

Conclusion

Given the endless health and beauty benefits it exhibits, shea butter is nothing but a godsend. Raw or natural shea butter may contain more beneficial components than processed shea butter but based on some experts' appraisal, it is safer to use noncomedogenic products that contain shea butter than slather on heavy-duty raw shea butter on the face. This is particularly helpful for those who have sensitive skin. However, every skin reacts differently so if you want it raw, it wouldn't really hurt if you try it for a night and see if it is indeed your skin's best friend.

The Only Guide You Will Ever Need on the Best Liquid Vitamins

You hardly look in the mirror anymore. The moment you do, all those things you wish you could ignore are brought into sharp relief before your eyes. They can be dry, brittle hair, tired eyes, and skin so dry even your normal bacteria shudder at the utter lack of moisture. Your gums bleed so much every time you brush your teeth.

Although you usually associate malnutrition with starving children in developing countries, most people living in developed countries suffer malnutrition up to a certain degree. The foods we eat nowadays are hardly balanced meals with the nutrients your body craves. This lack of nutrients eventually shows in your hair, your skin, your nails, and your constantly depleted energy levels.

Fast food and other instant foods may sate your hunger for the time being but it cannot fulfill all of your body’s needs. Your body needs a recommended amount of nutrients every single day. And if you are not fulfilling those needs, then you will certainly see and feel the toll it takes on your body.

Changing your lifestyle, however, will not happen overnight and certainly not in the course of a few days. Such things take time, effort, patience, and discipline.

Tips on How to Choose the Best Aloe Vera Gel for Acne

Having a hard time deciding which is the best Aloe Vera gel for acne? We are here to help you. Before we present to you the products you can consider, we will start by giving you some important information about Aloe Vera.

Reading the label of the product you are interested in buying is your first step in finding the right one. Make sure it is free from harmful chemical. Check if it has any preservatives, color enhancers or thickening agents.

The Origin of Aloe Vera Aloe Vera came from the same group where onions and garlic belongs. The gel extracted from the leaf is a popular component in many skin care products like creams, ointments, face masks and others.

The gel present in the thick Aloe Vera leaves contains 99% of water and has more than 200 vitamins and minerals. It also has fatty acids, amino acids, and enzymes that will help boost one’s health, and also prevent and treat acne, abrasions, and wrinkles.

Why is Aloe Vera Good for the Skin?

  • It has the ability to increase the collagen level thus it promotes a younger skin.
  • It can make your skin more elastic, thus it reduces wrinkles
  • ​It is an effective emollient because it can hydrate the tissues Its antimicrobial properties disinfects the skin
  • ​It has the capability to dilate blood vessels, therefore, improves the blood flow
  • ​It can help stop minor bleeding because it is an astringent
  • Used as pain reliever because of its analgesic properties
  • With its antipruritic agent, it can stop itchiness

How to Choose the Best Aloe Vera Gel?

Before choosing an Aloe Vera gel, you need to consider the following factors: