In the battle against forehead lines, your body produces two essential proteins: collagen and elastin. Both of these proteins keep your skin smooth and taut, allowing you to look youthful.
Unfortunately, as you age, your body starts producing less of these proteins, resulting in forehead lines. Not only that, you’ll encounter wrinkles across other areas of your face. Usually, collagen and elastin allow your skin to move, before bouncing back into place. When you age, they break down, which means forehead lines eventually settle in.
As you may have guessed, the appearance of wrinkles is an inevitable part of ageing. However, you can prevent them, and when they do appear, there are treatments you can turn to so they become less apparent. Through a combination of preventative measures and procedures such as Botox type injections, you can tackle your forehead lines and walk away from our clinic with a confidence boost.
Forehead skin wrinkles and their risk factors
Although we’re all guaranteed to encounter forehead skin wrinkles one day, some people place themselves at higher risk than others.
For example, if you spend lots of time in the sun, you expose yourself to UV rays. While many individuals know that doing this increases the risk of cancer, they’re not aware of the effects it has on the ageing process.
UV rays permeate into your skin and disrupt how well your body produces collagen and elastin. So, if you’re doing any of the following, you’re accelerating the wrinkle forming process:
• Heading out into hot sun without suncream on
• Spending time in the sun when it’s at its warmest
• Using tanning beds
• Opting to use tan accelerators
• Not using a moisturiser that contains an SPF factor
UV ray exposure, however, isn’t the only risk factor for developing forehead lines early. There are other lifestyle factors you may want to address.
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Lifestyle factors you may want to address for treating forehead lines
SmokingIf you’re a smoker and you’re serious about reducing wrinkles, now’s the time to quit. The more cigarettes you smoke and the heavier you smoke, the more significant the damage. According to studies, you need to smoke for at least a decade for said damage to settle in, so if you’ve smoked for less than ten years, quit now and feel proud of yourself.
Otherwise, quitting will still slow down any damage you’ve already done. Smoking causes wrinkles as the toxins cigarettes contain restrict blood flow to your skin. When that happens, it doesn’t receive the oxygen it needs to thrive. At the same time, it’s getting less Vitamin A, which is vital for producing retinol. What is retinol? Well, they encourage your skin to form newer and brighter cells faster, plus they enhance the collagen-producing process. Smoking stands in the way of all of this, which is why it’s necessary to quit.
Overeating sugar, and not enough proteinCollagen is a protein, which means your body needs proteins to make it. When you fill your diet with lots of carbohydrates, but not enough lean protein, your body isn’t getting what it needs to manufacture collagen and elastin.
Each time you eat lean proteins, you fill your body with amino acids. It then uses the amino acids to make the proteins it needs. As such, if you know that you’re filling your plate with plenty of pasta, but not much chicken, try to strike a different balance.
There aren't enough fruit and vegetables in your dietFruit and vegetables contain the vitamins and minerals we need to act as antioxidants. On a daily basis, the surrounding environment around us causes the skin on our foreheads to come into contact with pollutants. From strolling around a city where there are lots of cars to walking past a factory, each area is brimming with toxins you cannot see, but they’re affecting your skin. In fact, even your indoor environment features pollutants, which means there’s no escaping them.
While you can’t avoid pollutants, you can give your body a helping hand by adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet. A simple rule of thumb is to “Eat a rainbow,” which means to eat a broad variety of colours. When you do this, you allow your body to produce the antioxidants it needs to tackle the free radicals from pollutants that accelerate the ageing process.
Your life is too stressfulStress is a tricky subject because sometimes it’s difficult to avoid it. However, if your life is too stressful, or if you allow yourself to become too angry too quickly, you’re exposing yourself to hormones such as cortisol. While cortisol will enable you to act promptly in dangerous situations, such as running out of the way of a bus, too much will break down your connective tissues.
When those connective tissues start to break down, your skin loses its elasticity. Naturally, you can’t remove every area of stress from your life. You can, however:
- Recognise what causes you to feel stress and think about whether you can step away from the situation
- Try breathing exercises each time you feel yourself getting angry to limit the stress
- Meditate on a daily basis to reduce stress before it even begins
You’re not sleeping enoughDid you know that sleep is when your body does most of its repair work? While there’s only so much time you can spend sleeping, most experts recommend getting between six and eight hours per night to refresh fully. If you’re getting less, your body isn’t spending enough time healing itself.
A significant proportion of the population suffers from insomnia. These days, it’s rare that your GP will prescribe a sleeping tablet to make the problem better. In fact, they’re more likely to recommend stress reduction techniques and sleep hygiene. When you start sleeping more, you give your body a chance to heal, which then slows down the ageing process. As a result, your forehead lines won’t settle in as fast.
Your skincare routine isn't up to scratchRemember those pollutants? Sometimes your skincare routine can work towards removing them too. Using a cleanser that’s appropriate for your skin type, moisturising on a daily basis, and exfoliating twice a week are all effective ways to slow down the ageing process.
You may also want to try facials. While they won’t form a part of your regular skincare routine, they are essential as a once a month treatment to rejuvenate your skin. Depending on your skin type, an excellent facial will address your pores, ongoing conditions, and dullness, allowing you to walk away with a more youthful look.
In many cases, people don’t start engaging in preventative measures until their forehead lines begin to settle in. If you’re starting to notice forehead lines, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take better care of yourself through using the above measures. You might, however, want to consider Botox type injections to reduce your wrinkles and prevent them from setting in too fast.
What are Botox type injections?Botox is a substance that a bacteria produce. While that makes it sound scary, it’s worth noting that this who train in its use can inject it without causing harm. Even better, when it comes to forehead wrinkles, it’s the answer you’re looking for regarding treatment.
When injected into the right place, Botox type injections interrupt the signals that travel between your nerves and your muscles. This makes them beneficial for forehead wrinkles in a couple of ways:
- They relax the muscle, which means when you’re less likely to make the movements that’ll worsen your wrinkles
- Through relaxing the muscles, they’ll also smoothen out the area around your forehead wrinkles
Regarding treating forehead lines, Botox type injections are incredibly efficient. However, the differences you’ll see in your appearance also depend on a couple of factors:
- How deep are the wrinkles?
- Your age
- The number of times you have the treatment
In general, those who use Botox type injections will have a treatment once every three to four months. If you start doing this from around the time you enter your thirties, you’ll find your wrinkles become less deep set than those who don’t use injectables.
If you start such treatments later, your forehead lines won’t disappear altogether. However, they will look less pronounced, and you’ll still make fewer of the movements that allow them to settle in further. In other words, there’s no such thing as having Botox type injections for your forehead lines too late.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, our clinicians are trained in the techniques needed to inject Botox type injections with accuracy. At the same time, they do so safely, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable experience.
Your journey will start with your clinician taking a medical history, which will include details of any medications you’re currently taking, previous illnesses, and treatments you’ve tried so far. Don’t worry, all of these helps them fine-tune the treatments they’ll deliver, and they’ll also provide lifestyle advice that helps you maintain your youthful looks.
Together, you can determine a treatment plan that helps you remove forehead wrinkles. With the information you provide, they can prescribe your Botox type injections and decide where is best to inject them.
If you’re ready to combat your forehead lines today, get in touch with a member of our team. We can arrange a consultation so that you can begin your wrinkle treatment journey.