Repetitive frowning may cause some of your worry lines, but aging and loss of skin elasticity, sun exposure, and genetics may also be to blame.
Still, don’t rush to your stylist for bangs to cover up those wrinkles just yet. You may be able to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles with lifestyle changes and cosmetic products.
Your lifestyle has an enormous impact on your skin’s health and the development of wrinkles. Take these steps to keep your skin smooth and to help prevent premature aging:
1. Be sun savvy
Long-term exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays contributes to premature aging and wrinkles. According to research, daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen slows skin aging and reduces the risk of dark spots and wrinkles.
2. Manage stress
Worrying leads to wrinkling your brow, which leads to forehead wrinkles. It’s hard to get rid of all stress, but it’s important to keep it under control. To help manage stress, try:
- practicing yoga
- diaphragmatic breathing
- eating a healthy diet
- getting enough sleep
- talking to a therapist
- exercising daily
3. Stay hydrated
Dry skin makes wrinkles appear more prominent. Well-hydrated skin helps diminish the look of forehead wrinkles. It’s important to hydrate from the inside out, though. To stay well-hydrated, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. When you exercise, or spend time in the sun, you’ll need to drink more.
You can change up the flavor of your water by adding lemon or using a fruit infuser.
4. Eat a balanced diet
When it comes to wrinkles, the saying “you are what you eat” is true. According to 2007 research, diet plays a significant role in skin aging. Researchers found that higher intakes of vitamin C and linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) reduced the risk of dry skin in American middle-aged women. Vitamin C was also linked to a lower risk of looking “wrinkled.” A diet high in fat and carbs increased the risk of wrinkles and skin atrophy.
5. Stop smoking
Smoking is a main cause of premature aging and wrinkles. According to 2008 research, the chemicals in tobacco smoke reduce collagen production and damage the skin’s elasticity, which leads to premature aging and wrinkles.