Frown lines will likely begin appearing in your mid-twenties. They’re a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you need to accept them right away.
Instead, once you notice those first few light lines, you can protect your skin from aging quickly and repair some lines that have already appeared. Skin protection is good for more than just erasing wrinkles, so it’s a win-win solution!
Check out these popular ways to treat facial lines.
What Causes Frown Lines?
Generally speaking, aging causes frown lines and facial wrinkles to form. But there are certain behaviors and environmental causes that make them more likely or come earlier.
Repeated movements of the face cause lines to start to stick in that location. As your skin loses elasticity due to age and bad skin health, your face is more likely to hold onto the grooves made in your skin when you make certain facial expressions.
Genetics plays a major role in facial wrinkles. Some people are just more likely to get wrinkles because of their DNA history.
Sun exposure is incredibly damaging to the skin. As the skin becomes damaged it loses elasticity and can’t recover like it used to. This leads to wrinkles on the face.
Smoking and other unhealthy habits constrict blood vessels. The loss of blood to the face causes premature aging.
Get Good Face Cleansing Habits
The first way to prevent and reverse the effect of facial wrinkles is to practice good facial cleansing habits. Get into a routine and then stick to it.
Your daily routine from the beginning should include a gentle cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, a facial oil, SPF, and the occasional mask and exfoliant. Never use anything harsh on your face (especially not on the regular) as face skin is very delicate and damage can lead to more wrinkles. Moisturizing is incredibly important because it locks moisture into your skin which keeps it looking young and bouncy and prevents further damage.
Stick On Pads
Wrinkles are caused by repeated facial movements, so a great way to prevent them is to prevent your skin from making those repeated shapes on your face.
You can use press-on silicone patches to prevent your face skin from moving too much in your sleep. This way the only times you’ll be making facial expressions that create wrinkles will be during the day. That cuts down those facial expressions in half.
Not only will they keep your skin in place, but they’ll also smooth and hydrate your skin in your sleep. It’s protection to prevent frown lines and rejuvenation in one step!
Of course, a popular way to treat facial lines, especially forehead wrinkles, is botox. Some people associated botox with an unnatural look like overdone fillers, but this image couldn’t be further from the truth.
Botox is an injection that simply causes the muscles in the area of the injection to relax and soften. This means that you won’t be able to manipulate them too much to create wrinkles, and over time the previous wrinkles will also relax and vanish.
It isn’t a miracle drug, so it won’t work on wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity, but it will greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles due to loss of elasticity and repeated facial expressions. Learn more about this service.
“Retinoids” is an umbrella term for several Vitamin A-based products. As you begin to age (somewhere in your mid-twenties) you should begin carefully adding retinoids to your daily skin routine. They are the best topical, over-the-counter treatment available for wrinkles.
They work by speeding up cell reproduction and by producing collagen. The more regularly your cells replace themselves, the younger you’ll look. Think of it like getting a fresh new layer of baby skin every time new cells are made.
Collagen increases the bounciness and elasticity of your skin which makes wrinkles less visible and prevents the creation of new wrinkles.
The only downside to retinoids is that you won’t see the effects right away unlike like a method like botox or stick-on patches. For that reason, you should start using them in your mid-twenties whether you think you have wrinkles or not. Don’t give them the chance to start showing up before you start treating the underlying problems!
Wear SPF Daily
Long before your twenties, you should be wearing SPF daily. Sun damage is one of the leading causes of wrinkles, and wrinkles caused by sun damage are harder to treat than wrinkles caused by dehydration or facial expressions. Plus they even make those wrinkles worse!
You should apply SPF as the final step of your daily skincare routine even if it isn’t sunny outside. UV rays always have a way of getting to your skin even on a cloudy day.
And don’t forget. SPF won’t work if you don’t reapply around every two hours. Carry a small sunscreen with you so that you can also put more on throughout the day. There are even makeup-compatible sunscreens in the form of sticks and powders.
Try a Facial Massage
A facial massage can help relax the muscles of your face much like botox. As those muscles relax, you’ll have to work less hard to make facial expressions, and your skin will forget the grooves that cause wrinkles more easily.
You can either go for a professional facial at a massage parlor, or you can learn easy facial massage techniques to do on yourself daily. Just remember to be gentle so as to not damage the skin.
Preventing and Treating Frown Lines
While frown lines are a natural part of life, you don’t need to accept them from the first time they appear. There are plenty of treatments to slow down their progress and reverse some of the damage. Get into a good skin routine and stick with it!
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