Forehead wrinkles are often the first signs of aging that we see on our faces, and they can be the hardest to treat too. From the horizontal lines to those pesky ’11’ lines between the eyebrows, “how to get rid of forehead lines?” is one of the most common questions that dermatologists meet with clients in their 30s and beyond.
Unfortunately for us, there’s no such thing as a fountain of youth and there’s no perfect way to get rid of forehead wrinkles for good! We can only do our best to prevent and reduce them, especially as time goes by.
There are, however, some great skincare products and treatments out there that can help reduce the appearance of forehead lines – without ever having to go under the knife. With these expert-approved treatments and some healthy lifestyle choices, you’ll be on your way to smoother, more youthful skin in no time!
What Causes Forehead Wrinkles?
First of all, let’s take a second to understand how forehead wrinkles form. To get a little science-y, we’ll take a quick look at the structure of the skin.
The foundation of our skin is the dermis, and this is a layer where all of the important skin cells and proteins are stored. Here, your skin is supported by collagen, the strong fibrous proteins that keep skin firm; elastin, the proteins that make your skin stretchy; and hyaluronic acid, a gooey gel that keeps skin hydrated and soft.
As we get older, our skin cells naturally produce fewer and fewer of these elements that keep our skin healthy. As a result, the skin sags and loses its ability to bounce back from common facial expressions. This is how fine lines and deep wrinkles start to appear on the forehead and around our eyes and mouth, too.
Exposure to toxins – whether that’s from the sun’s harsh UV rays, alcohol, cigarettes, pollution, or sugar – will accelerate the aging process by producing free radicals. These free radicals are dangerous molecules that weaken our natural collagen and elastin supplies, breaking them down so our skin becomes more prone to wrinkles.
9 Ways to Reduce Forehead Lines
So, how do we make those pesky wrinkles go away? Here are nine expert-approved ways that you can reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles:
1. Always Wear Sun Protection
Sun damage is the number one cause of aging skin, aside from actually getting older. When we expose our skin to the sun, we are also absorbing harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause oxidative stress in the body and break down our collagen and elastin supplies. This radical damage leads to the formation of wrinkles, along with leathery, sagging skin. Even worse, excess sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer, so this step is super important to your skin health.
So even if you love tanning, it’s so important to protect your skin from sun exposure if you want to avoid forehead wrinkles. The forehead is one of the most exposed areas of skin every day, so make sure you keep your face covered with good quality sunscreen. We love SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF 50 for its ultra-lightweight, non-greasy formula.
2. Reduce Stress (and Screen Time!)
There’s a reason we call them frown lines! When we are feeling a lot of tension or stress, we’re more likely to frown and scrunch up our foreheads. Over time, this contributes to the formation of forehead wrinkles, as our skin loses its ability to bounce back from facial expressions over time.
Squinting at screens all day doesn’t help either, as we tense our forehead muscles and eyes when we’re working on our computers or scrolling through Instagram. So take this as your sign to put that device away and take a breather!
3. Improve Your Diet
A diet that’s too high in sugar can lead to the formation of what’s known as advanced glycation end-products in your body. These are dangerous molecules that harm your skin by attaching to collagen and elastin proteins and causing inflammation and oxidative stress.
On the other hand, antioxidants in foods like berries, broccoli, carrots, spinach, and potatoes can help neutralise free radicals, which in turn will help combat the signs of skin aging. By reducing sugar and processed foods in your diet and replacing them with plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, you can give your skin a much better chance of staving off those forehead wrinkles.
4. Stop Smoking (or Cut Back)
Did you know that there are roughly 4000 chemicals in cigarette smoke? All of which can build up those harmful free radicals and destroy the structural integrity of your skin. Smokers are much more likely to experience premature skin aging than non-smokers, so cutting back on those cigarettes can help reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles in the long run.
5. Add These Ingredients to Your Skincare Routine
There are also plenty of topical products out there that can help you to prevent and treat those forehead wrinkles. Maintaining a good skincare routine is important at any age, but especially as we get older it’s crucial to add some anti-aging ingredients in there to reduce facial wrinkles.
Try adding the following ingredients into your regime to start combatting those forehead lines:
- Retinol – this is a derivative of vitamin A that can speed up skin cell turnover and boost collagen production. It’s best used in the evenings, and you should start with a low-strength formula 2-3 times per week until your skin adapts.
- Vitamin C – also known as L-ascorbic acid, this is a cofactor in collagen production and a potent antioxidant that combats toxins in the body. Use either morning or night, in a concentration of up to 20%.
- Hyaluronic acid – this is a super-hydrating ingredient that can combat dry skin and make your skin appear smoother and plumper.
- AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) – AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid are some of the same ingredients used in chemical peels. They remove the top layer of skin to reveal a fresher, tighter layer below, encouraging new skin cells to grow and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Ceramides – these are types of fats that exist naturally in your skin, but you can also find them in skincare products. They protect your skin barrier, helping lock moisture in and make your skin look smooth and youthful.
6. Get an Anti-Aging Facial
Aside from your lifestyle habits and at-home skincare routine, it helps to visit the professionals to really give your skin a treat. Anti-aging facials offer a deeper cleanse than you will get at home, followed by professional extraction and exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and tighten the skin. This is followed by a rich infusion of anti-aging nutrients that will improve the quality of your skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the process.
Here at Araya Beauty, our Signature SkinCeuticals Facial uses premium medical-grade skincare products and it can be 100% adapted to your skin type. For forehead wrinkles, we can use gentle exfoliants and skin-firming ingredients to help tighten and lift the skin.
7. Try Botox
When it comes to clinical treatments for forehead wrinkles, Botox is the top choice. As you probably know, it’s an injectable treatment that can reduce wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance.
Unlike dermal fillers, Botox doesn’t actually fill out wrinkles. It’s actually a special type of neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that can freeze your facial muscles. It’s most commonly used for the vertical lines between the brows (’11’ lines) and horizontal lines across the forehead. When injected around these areas, it can freeze the muscles and prevent the contractions that cause forehead wrinkles in the first place, while also reducing the appearance of existing lines.
8. Try RF Microneedling
RF (Radiofrequency) Microneedling is a great anti-aging treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency waves to improve skin texture and tone. Just like regular microneedling, RF microneedling uses a handheld roller device with tiny needles to make pinprick wounds in your skin. This helps trigger and speed up the production of collagen, resulting in fresh collagen fibres that give you stronger and less-wrinkled skin.
What’s special about RF microneedling is that it combines this treatment with radiofrequency waves, which deepens the effects of the needles and enhances collagen production even further. With multiple treatments over the course of 3–6 months, you can reduce forehead wrinkles and seriously improve the quality of your skin over time.
9. Use Profhilo for Finer Lines
Profhilo is another injectable anti-aging treatment that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and combat the loss of skin elasticity that comes with age. It contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid of any cosmetic treatment, which is injected below the skin surface through ten points on the face. Afterwards, this hyaluronic acid is released slowly, providing long-term results.
This treatment is great at giving you smoother skin and a bright, radiant glow. It’s best for treating fine lines and sagging on the face, so it can help with forehead wrinkles that aren’t too deep or pronounced.
Why Botox is the #1 Treatment for Forehead Wrinkles
If you want to reduce the appearance of forehead lines, Botox is an excellent treatment for you. Here’s why:
- It’s preventative. Not only can Botox reduce the appearance of those pesky wrinkles, but it will also prevent existing lines from getting deeper and stop new wrinkles from forming.
- It’s a quick and minimally invasive procedure. Unlike more invasive options like facelifts, deep chemical peels or laser treatments, Botox is a simple 15-minute in-office treatment with a quick recovery time.
- It’s administered by a certified doctor. All Botox needs to be administered by a licensed medical professional. Here at Araya Beauty, our Botox is administered by certified doctors from LumaDoc.
- The results look natural. Despite “freezing” your facial muscles, Botox offers very subtle and natural results. You’ll notice lines fading away but you’ll still have your full range of facial expressions!
If you have more questions about Botox injections, you can book a free consultation here at Araya Beauty to discuss the treatment. If you want to get straight to it, we’ll include your initial consultation with your first appointment!