Fighting Forehead Wrinkles--It Can Be Done!
Forehead wrinkles are, sadly, a fact of life. Like all facial wrinkles, those on the forehead result from a force we cannot control--ageing. And while we can’t stop the formation of these pesky wrinkles, there are steps we can take and habits we can break to slow them down.
Reducing the Impact of Ageing on Skin
The natural process of ageing has an impact on our skin. As we get older, the amount of fat in our facial skin diminishes. With less fat to cover, skin starts to sag, resulting in wrinkles all around the face. Add to that the fact that as we age, our bodies produce collagen and elastin at a slower rate. Collagen provides structure to the skin and elastin makes it tighter. (JustAboutSkin) With lower levels of both, wrinkles can form anywhere on the face, including the forehead.
Nothing will stop our skin from ageing, but we can improve the look of our skin from the inside and outside.
Working from the inside out, we can ensure that what we put in our bodies helps rather than harms our skin:
Drinking lots of water is important for hydrating and flushing out toxins that can affect skin health.
Excess sugar can slow down the creation of collagen, so watch the amount of sugar you consume.
A balanced diet that includes healthy fats and lots of fruits and vegetables is also essential. Vitamins C and E (found in berries, sweet peppers, and spinach, among others) are especially important to your skin, as are fats from sources like nuts, seeds, and fatty fish (like salmon). And don’t skip the guacamole! Avocados are loaded with healthy fat and vitamins C, E, and K.
Working from the outside in, we can use topical creams that promote collagen production. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, retinoids, and peptides. (Woman’s Day)
Bad Habits That Contribute to Wrinkles
Age isn’t the only factor in the formation of wrinkles. Sometimes it’s the things we do everyday:
Smoking and sun can be very damaging to skin, so quit the first and take precautions against the second by always wearing sunscreen or covering up with loose, light fabrics and a wide-brimmed hat.
Overdoing it with washing and exfoliating can damage collagen so be gentle with your skin.
We have probably all heard that sleeping on our side or stomach is bad for our facial skin. The deep creases created when face meets pillow can turn into wrinkles. Try sleeping on your back instead.
Squinting, drinking from a straw, wearing hair in tight ponytails, arching the brows to apply eye makeup--these are some of the other repetitive behaviours that can cause wrinkles. (Daily Mail) Try to minimize these actions where possible.
We’d like to add one more item to this list of bad habits: wearing a shower cap with tight elastic. A traditional shower cap leaves very pronounced red marks on your forehead that seem to last for hours. Regular use means repeated pressure on the thin skin of the forehead.Over time, your skin will lose its ability to bounce back from that kind of stress and permanent wrinkles may form. TIARA Shower Cap™ is designed to be gentle on the forehead and leaves no red marks on the skin.
We all grow older and see the impacts of ageing on our skin. Fortunately, following the simple steps outlined here can make these changes less visible.