Forehead lines are a common sign of skin aging in adults. They are creases in the skin that form above the eyes and brow and usually appear as vertical lines between the brows, or as long lines that extend horizontally across the forehead. Forehead lines are part of the natural aging process. As the skin ages, it loses elasticity and firmness, causing the skin to lose its springiness. As a result, fine lines begin to appear and the skin becomes thinner and drier. Habitual movement of facial muscles is a major cause for the development of forehead lines. Over time, the grooves formed by repeated facial expressions can become permanent lines in your skin. Factors such as chronic sun exposure and smoking can often cause these lines to start appearing earlier. Fortunately, the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles can be reduced with treatment and proper skin care.
Common features of forehead lines include: Long lines that extend horizontally across the forehead. Glabellar lines that extend vertically between the eyebrows Sun damage Loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Wrinkles tend to conform to our most dominant facial expressions. If a person tends to furrow their brow, they will often develop fine lines and wrinkles on their forehead. On the other hand, if a person generally has a relaxed and smiling expression, their skin will naturally look younger. Factors such as sun exposure and smoking can greatly speed up the aging process and cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop prematurely.
Good skin care and adequate protection against the sun are the first steps in treating forehead lines. The regular use of a quality moisturizer is the first basic step to reducing the look of existing lines (Price is not a reflection of quality). Well-hydrated skin appears noticeably smoother and even textured.Combine it with daytime application of a sheer foundation to vastly improve your overall complexion. Implement a night-time beauty treatment just before bed to allow your skin to soak up the nourishing ingredients and help regenerate your skin’s appearance.
To prevent the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin caused by sun damage, there are precautions you can take before going out into the sun.
Limit sun exposure: Reducing your time in the sun is perhaps the easiest way to avoid damage to your skin caused by UV rays. When outdoors, set a time limit and seek shade when necessary. Also keep in mind that UV radiation is the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Use Sunscreen: Sunscreens are an essential part of protection against the sun. Look for sunscreens that are labeled “Broad Spectrum”. They are often the most effective and offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply generously and frequently.
Cover and protect: Wrap-around sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and clothing that covers your arms and legs can offer extra protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Many over-the-counter treatment options can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface. Look for anti-wrinkle creams that contain active ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids, copper peptides and antioxidants, which can make your skin look visibly younger.Moisturizers that contain silicone can also help fill in, and seal fine lines. This treatment creates a more even surface for make-up application and the effect is often long-lasting.
A doctor may prescribe a topical cream that contains retinoids – such as tretinoin and tazarotene – which can encourage collagen production and help smooth out fine lines in the skin.
Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) injections to inhibit the forehead muscles is the treatment of choice for this condition. Skin fillers can supplement this by filling in some of the permanent creases that develop. Care must be taken not to produce a frozen look by completely inhibiting movement required for expression.Other injectables such as non-cross linked collagen and hyaluronic acid injections are used to treat forehead lines.Plastic surgery procedures, specifically forehead lifts, are also effective in removing the appearance of forehead lines.