We believe aging is a privilege and journey we should not take for granted. Each line that graces our face is a beautiful symbol of the life we’re so lucky to live. Signs of aging such as forehead wrinkles and fine lines are simply a reminder that our skin needs a little extra TLC, inside and out. However, we also understand that as much as you want to love them, you just don’t want forehead wrinkles and fine lines taking center stage.
So let’s explore this sign of life and discover natural ways to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles and fine lines.
(Spoiler alert: Though you can’t get rid of forehead wrinkles at home completely, there are numerous healthy techniques and treatments that help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and prevent future lines from forming).
What Causes Forehead Wrinkles?
There are many biological and environmental factors that cause forehead wrinkles. Let’s explore 4 main causes.
Wrinkles are a natural part of the skin’s aging process. They can appear at any age, but typically become more noticeable in your 30’s. What causes wrinkles? Wrinkles form over time due to numerous biological reasons. From an internal perspective, one of the main reasons wrinkles form is due to a decrease in collagen production, approximately 1% each year. As a result, skin becomes thinner, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles predominantly form on the forehead, around the eyes and around the mouth (often referred to as marionette lines). Another main contributing factor is the decrease in sebum production, meaning our skin’s natural production of oil lessens over time, causing dry skin and wrinkles.
2. Dry Skin
Dry skin affects people of all ages. What causes dry skin? Dry skin occurs when skin is not producing enough sebum and unable to retain moisture. There are numerous factors that contribute to chronic dry skin including poor diet, dehydration, environment and simply not using the right skincare products. When skin is dry, forehead wrinkles and fine lines become more visible. It’s imperative to replenish hydration and moisture both internally and externally to eliminate dry skin and smooth forehead wrinkles.
3. Sun Damage
Sun damage, also known as photoaging, is typically associated with sun spots or what many refer to as dark spots, age spots, liver spots and hyperpigmentation. However, sun damage also plays a vital role in the development and severity of forehead wrinkles and fine lines. Sun damage is caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays.
Lifestyle factors play a crucial role in determining how early we begin to develop visible signs of aging, such as fine lines around the eyes and wrinkles on the forehead. Typically, these signs of life start to show up in your 30’s. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices show up on your skin, good or bad. A diet lacking in whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and healthy fats can lead to premature signs of aging. To prevent and correct forehead wrinkles, the first thing to do is evaluate how healthy your daily diet is.
How To Prevent Forehead Wrinkles Naturally
When it comes to caring for your skin, prevention is key. Instead of asking, how to get rid of forehead wrinkles, consider how to prevent them in the first place. Now that you know some of the main causes, you’re probably wondering how you can prevent forehead wrinkles from forming in the first place. Let’s dive into our top 5 tried and true ways to help prevent forehead wrinkles.
1. Wear A Hat And SPF
The best way to get rid of forehead wrinkles is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Sun protection is key in preventing and delaying all visible signs of aging, especially forehead wrinkles. One of the best ways to prevent forehead wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots is by wearing a wide brim hat when going out into the sun. Also, make sure to apply sunscreen whenever you plan on being in the sun for extended periods of time.
2. Make Sure Your Skincare Products Are Truly Natural
What you put on your skin in terms of skincare products can either have a positive or negative effect on signs of aging such as forehead wrinkles. The skincare industry is notorious for false promises and questionable ingredients. Unfortunately, many companies today are also selling greenwashed formulas loaded with cheap, often harmful ingredients to capitalize on peoples desires to use natural products. Even the most innocent looking ingredients like fragrance or perfume can be harmful to your skin and health, not to mention accelerate visible signs of aging. Always read the back of the label and do your research to make sure your skincare ingredients are not causing premature signs of aging.
3. Make Facial Exercise and Massage A Weekly Ritual
We love a good lymphatic face massage for its numerous health and skin benefits. It helps to lift, firm and de-puff, minimizing forehead wrinkles. Yes, please! Gua Sha is another great massage technique that’s been around for centuries. Performing weekly facial exercises is another great way to promote a healthy glow and smooth out those beloved fine lines.
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4. Use Healthy Wrinkle Treatments
Not all wrinkle treatments are effective and healthy for your skin. We recommend incorporating healthy alternatives to harsh ingredients like retinol such as Bakuchiol. This is a gentle, yet effective way to visibly smooth the appearance of wrinkles without the negative side-effects or downtime associated with retinol. Vitamin C is another ingredient to reach for when looking for a skin transformative ingredient. This skin-loving vitamin smooths the look of skin, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and visibly diminishes dark spots. We recommend incorporating a healthy vitamin C serum using tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a high-quality, stabilized form of vitamin C. Another underrated yet great way to keep forehead wrinkles at bay is through weekly exfoliation.
5. Eat A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet has many positive benefits, internally and externally. Your diet plays a major role in maintaining your youthful glow as you age. Consuming nutrient-dense whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and healthy fats helps to prevent and corrects forehead wrinkles and fine lines. Healthy skin starts within, first and foremost. You should never rely on topical products to do all the work. A holistic approach to caring for skin is the best way to prevent forehead wrinkles and enjoy glowing skin now and for years to come.
How To Get Rid Of Forehead Wrinkles Naturally
Truth be told, you can’t completely get rid of forehead wrinkles without surgery or injectables. However, there is a wealth of skincare products and non-invasive treatment options that can drastically minimize the appearance of forehead wrinkles and fine lines.
10 Ways To Reduce Forehead Wrinkles Naturally
1. Healthy Diet
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. A healthy diet plays a major role in aging gracefully. So before you reach for a wrinkle treatment, make sure you’re eating healthy, nutrient-dense whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Drink plenty of filtered water to hydrate dry skin and plump up wrinkles and fine lines from the inside. Cut out processed foods and refined sugar. This will help to treat forehead wrinkles and all signs of aging, internally.
2. Weekly Facial Massage
Incorporate an easy, at-home facial massage at least once a week. We love a good lymphatic massage (a quick google search will give you instructions) or get yourself a massage tool such as gua sha or jade roller.
3. Non-Invasive Wrinkle Treatments
Incorporate non-invasive wrinkle treatments that promote collagen production, such as facial acupuncture, infrared light treatment, microcurrent facials or ultrasound therapy. And make sure your skincare products contain science-backed ingredients, such as vitamin C, Bakuchiol and Astaxanthin.
Just as exercising helps to strengthen your muscles, it also assists in keeping your skin in tip top shape. Incorporating exercise into your weekly routine will help your body release stress and boost circulation, all of which play a vital role in improving the look of fine lines and forehead wrinkles. We love yoga, pilates and low-impact strength and endurance training for that post-workout glow.
5. Upgrade Your Cream To A Face Oil
Upgrade your moisturizer to a face oil. Organic botanical oils are nature’s perfect moisturizer, rich in vitamins antioxidants, and fatty acids, and do not contain cheap fillers or questionable preservatives found in most face creams. This simple swap will give your skin an immediate glow and help to support overall skin health, not to mention eliminate dry skin and soften fine lines and forehead wrinkles.
This one may not seem so obvious, but trust us, the benefits are far greater than skin deep. Meditate for 15 minutes and watch the stress lines fade into a blissful glow.
7. Mask Weekly
Incorporating a weekly face mask into your skincare routine is an easy way to keep your skin in great shape. To plump fine lines and wrinkles, and renew skin naturally, we love our rejuvenating face mask Reborn. You can also whip up your own DIY wrinkle-smoothing face mask using honey, aloe vera or yogurt.
8. Incorporate Active Cosmetic Ingredients
When skin begins to show visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, it’s usually a good time to begin incorporating active wrinkle-fighting treatments. We love the stable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C, known as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, for its skin brightening and firming action. Retinol is another cosmetic ingredient you’ve probably heard a great deal about, however, with its numerous negative side-effects, we prefer the gentle retinol alternative known as bakuchiol, a wrinkle fighting hero with clinical data to pack up its skin firming effect- sans the down-time or negative side-effects associated with traditional retinol products.
We know exfoliating isn’t an exciting topic or a trendy new skincare treatment, but it’s tried and true, and delivers a post-treatment glow and long-term results like no other. Exfoliate weekly with a healthy, non-photosensitizing exfoliant to keep skin soft, smooth and wrinkles at bay. We love our superfood facial exfoliant Polish for its 100% natural, powder formula that actives upon contact with water, ensuring each treatment is as fresh and potent as the next.
10. Let It Go
As much as society pressures us to look “ageless”, it’s just not worth stressing over every fine line and wrinkle. Take good care of your skin, but don’t forget to take great care of yourself emotionally. We can care for our skin by using products that support our skin health, without emotional resistance to the aging process. Thoughts and emotions are a powerful source of energy, spoken out loud or not, they shape the way we look, feel and experience life. So choose good thoughts, and love every fine line and wrinkle — after all, they signify the precious life we’re so lucky to live.
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