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Visible wrinkling on the face is a common sign of aging. Wrinkles vary in appearance, from deep lines to fine creases, depending on a person’s genetic makeup, skin type, and a few other factors.
However, wrinkles can also develop due to environmental factors such as sun exposure, especially in areas such as the forehead. These visible wrinkles can often affect a person’s confidence.
This article discusses various home remedies and self-care tips that can help diminish and prevent the appearance of wrinkles.
Home Remedies for Forehead Wrinkles
The following home remedies can help in tightening the skin, thus reducing wrinkling on the forehead.
Disclaimer: Since your facial skin is extremely thin and delicate, it can get easily irritated by any new topical ingredient. So, to avoid adverse skin reactions such as burns and rashes, perform a patch test first of the remedies on the underside of your arm. If irritation occurs, avoid its use.
Needless to say, people who are allergic to any of the ingredients in the remedy should not use it. Those who have sensitive skin are advised to take special precautions before trying out any topical remedy.
1. Apply aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel contains sterols that help boost collagen production, vitamin E that helps increase skin elasticity, and sugars that help moisturize the skin. (1)
How to use: Extract fresh aloe vera gel from a leaf, and apply it directly to your forehead. Rinse your forehead after 20 minutes, and apply a moisturizer.
2. Dab some lemon juice
How to use: Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon and mix it with 1 teaspoon of water. Rub the diluted lemon juice on your forehead for around 10 minutes, and rinse it off after 15 minutes. You can also add honey to the lemon juice.
3. Make a coffee mask
Coffee contains phenols that help reduce oxidative stress, thus reducing the signs of photoaging. Moreover, it helps stimulate collagen production. (4)
How to use: Mix 1 tablespoon of coffee powder with lemon and honey or to any plant oil, and massage your forehead with this mixture. Wash your forehead after 10–15 minutes.
4. Use a banana face mask
While there is no scientific evidence to it, banana mask is a popular anecdotal remedy used for managing wrinkles. It is speculated that the vitamins in banana can help restore skin elasticity.
How to use: Mash 2–3 pieces of banana and add 1 tsp of jojoba, castor, or almond oil to it. Mix well, and apply the mask to your forehead. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
5. Apply turmeric
How to use: Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric in any of the remedies stated above to form a paste. Apply the paste to your forehead, and wash it off after 15 minutes.
6. Try OTC creams and serums
You can also use over-the-counter serums and creams to help diminish wrinkles, especially those containing either of the following compounds:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Collagen peptides
- Green tea extracts
- Oolong tea extracts
- Grape seed extract
- Vitamin A, C, or E
Take note that retinol and tretinoin can make your skin sensitive to the sun. Additionally, use a moisturizer or plant-based oil before applying a serum.
Choose noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic products, and use them as directed on the label.
Self-Care and Preventive Measures
The following tips can help improve forehead wrinkles and even prevent their formation:
1. Modify your diet
Include antioxidants such as vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and coenzyme Q10 in your diet to help prevent premature aging caused by environmental oxidative stress. These can be found in green tea, salmon, soy, flaxseeds, ginger, avocado, tomato, lemon, berries, and leafy greens.
Additionally, include sources of selenium and zinc in your diet. Avoid white bread, refined sugars, and saturated or trans fats. Instead, consume unsaturated fats such as flaxseed and olive oil.
2. Take supplements
3. Drink plenty of water
It is vital to consume eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to help keep your skin hydrated. You can also consume fruit or vegetable juices for an added antioxidant boost.
4. Apply a cold compress
Use alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid to exfoliate your skin.
Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar, ground oatmeal, or uncooked rice grains with ½ tablespoon of milk, yogurt, or milk cream, and apply the mixture to your forehead. Rub your skin gently to help remove the dead skin cells.
6. Massage and moisturize
Use plant oils such as castor, olive, coconut, manuka, rose hip, jojoba, almond, or sunflower oil to moisturize your skin. (11)
7. Control facial expressions
Excessive facial expressions require the use of muscles, which can cause the skin to lose its elasticity.
8. Avoid alcohol consumption
Alcohol can dehydrate the skin, thus enabling dryness and wrinkle formation.
9. Quit smoking
The use of tobacco can inhibit collagen production, resulting in loss of skin elasticity. (14)
10. Protect your skin from the sun
Try avoiding sunlight, especially between 11 am and 3 pm, and apply sunscreen before stepping out of the house.
Further protect your skin with protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats. Additionally, avoid the use of sun lamps or tanning beds.
11. Cleanse your skin
Make sure to remove makeup from the face before sleeping. Moreover, wash your face with a mild cleanser and tepid water twice a day.
12. Manage stress
Practice meditation, yoga, or aromatherapy or take an Epsom salt bath to help manage your stress. You can also add essential oils such as rosehip, peppermint, or lavender oil to your bathwater.
13. Get proper sleep
It is essential to sleep for 7–8 hours to help lower oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Moreover, maintain a correct sleeping posture to prevent pressure on the forehead.
14. Use makeup
You can use a primer to help diminish the appearance of forehead wrinkles.
15. Use radiofrequency devices
Home-based radiofrequency devices can help in reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles. (15)
16. Be gentle on your skin
Avoid excessive washing of the face, and always pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it with a towel as this can loosen the skin.
Most-Asked Questions About Forehead Wrinkles
Can egg whites help reduce forehead wrinkles?
The use of egg whites as a mask is a popular home remedy thought to help tighten the skin and, thus, reduce wrinkles.
However, the effect of an egg white face mask is temporary and the wrinkles reappear once the skin gains moisture.
Nevertheless, a few studies support the use of creams containing egg white for the management of forehead wrinkles. More studies are required to establish its effects. (16)
Are facial exercises useful in managing forehead wrinkles?
Your face contains various muscles in the cheeks, in the forehead, and around the eyes. It is believed that exercising these muscles in a controlled manner regularly can help reduce wrinkles. (17) However, more research is needed to establish this effect.
Do oral collagen supplements aid in reducing wrinkles?
Collagen is essential for skin tightening and reduction of wrinkles, but it is unclear if oral collagen is absorbed by the skin or is broken down in the stomach.
You can consult your doctor about the use of collagen peptic capsules, liquid, or powders.
It is normal to develop wrinkles as you age, but environmental or stress factors can cause premature aging of the skin. The appearance of wrinkles on the forehead can affect a person’s confidence.
Various home remedies and self-care measures can help restore the wrinkled skin and even prevent premature wrinkling.
You can also consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment and use of home remedies depending on the severity of the problem.