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Skin is a reflection of our internal health, not biological age. Stress, toxins, alcohol, sugar, and lack of sleep can all cause the oxidative stress that leads to accelerated aging and commonly shows up as forehead wrinkles. While wrinkles are a beautiful and natural aspect of aging, there are ways to proactively and reactively soften the appearance of forehead lines and keep them from sinking deeper.

What Causes Forehead Lines And Wrinkles?

First, it’s helpful to know the two types of forehead wrinkles often referenced by dermatologists: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by what your skin is doing. When you raise an eyebrow, grimace, or use a straw in your beverage, your facial expressions cause your facial muscles to contract, and the skin on your face folds as a result. Over time, these dynamic movements leave a lasting mark.

Static wrinkles are largely the result of how your skin is composed. In particular, your forehead gets laxer when it starts to lose collagen, the structural protein that keeps skin bouncy and plump.

Collagen naturally breaks down over time, starting in our twenties, but stress, smoking, sugar, and sun damage can also speed up the aging skin process by creating an accumulation of free radicals in the body.

When there’s an imbalance of free radicals and the antioxidants that help neutralize them, this results in oxidative stress, which breaks down collagen and can show up as lines. 

6 Ways To Reduce The Appearance Of Forehead Lines

As with targeting any skin concern, reducing forehead lines and wrinkles is about supporting skin health from the inside out and outside in. If you’re curious about how to get rid of forehead lines or soften their appearance, here are 6 ways to support skin structure, prevent forehead wrinkles, achieve radiant skin, and improve skin elasticity at any age.

Antioxidant Protection

Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E are a major part of skin’s balancing act, essential for neutralizing free radicals and protecting from oxidative damage that accelerates aging. Glutathione, in particular, is a master antioxidant found in every cell of the body that helps protect from oxidative stress.

SuperBeauty® is a beauty vitamin that’s clinically shown to help neutralize free radicals and promote collagen, elasticity, and cell vitality. These skin care capsules have L-Glutathione plus Vitamin C + E to create an antioxidant recycling system. Glutathione can revive C, waking it up so it can continue to neutralize free radicals, and C can revive E.

Glutathione works inside the mitochondria to help maintain healthy cellular function and structure and it potentiates vitamins C & E so they’re able to neutralize more free radicals. Vitamin C works inside the cell to help protect the hydrophilic components. Moon Juice’s Vitamin E is the most bioavailable form and works on the lipid layer of your cells to help protect from free radicals.

Using a topical antioxidant powder like G-Pack™ on the skin’s surface can also help protect collagen from the outside in. The first 50% Vitamin C, Glutathione, and Ferulic Acid formula, this powder combines the antioxidants to promote skin’s natural elasticity, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and fortify against oxidative damage.

Lymphatic Facial

Facial massage using your favorite creams, oils, or serums, is one way to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In a study from 2017, participants who used facial massage with a stimulating massage device and anti-aging cream for 8 weeks saw greater improvement in wrinkles, skin sagging, and skin texture than those who used the cream alone without massage.

By clearing lymph — the clear fluid that delivers vital nutrients through the lymphatic system while draining toxins and waste — you can reduce puffiness and potentially smooth the appearance of lines.

Hold the Drinks

Because alcohol and sugar stress your skin and can lead to oxidative stress, these substances can degrade your innate supply of collagen, causing more long-term wrinkles over time. Alcohol can also be dehydrating, which can zap your skin and exaggerate the look of forehead lines.

A dramatic way to help prevent wrinkles from forming or setting in deeper is to limit alcohol and sugar in your diet, but if you enjoy these as part of your regular routine, make sure to get in your daily antioxidants as a buffer from the oxidative stress.

Manage Stress

Excess cortisol as a result of stress can damage your collagen and lower new collagen production in your skin, and worry can manipulate your facial expressions, causing both dynamic and static wrinkles. Because high cortisol can accelerate signs of aging, it’s important to have daily practices that help lower your stress chemistry. With adaptogens like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Rhodiola, to help counter cortisol’s assaults on the body, SuperYou is your stress management vitamin in two caps a day. Yoga, walking, meditation, and calming music are other habits for managing stress on a daily basis.

Deep Hydration

Dry skin can exaggerate the look of wrinkles, but when we’re dehydrated, we tend to send water to our more vital organs instead of our skin.

Stay hydrated inside and out by drinking at least 2.7 liters of fluids a day for women or 3.7 for men, and replenish moisture with quenching topicals like a Hyaluronic Acid serum to draw moisture into your skin.

What Ingredients Help to Reduce The Appearance Of Fine Lines?

You can get a facial every week, but if you’re not feeding your face the antioxidants and other nutrients it needs, your skin will be susceptible to signs of advanced aging. It is possible to repair deep forehead wrinkles without cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers, countless chemical peels, laser treatment, or botox injections. Here are some ingredients and vitamins to tighten skin that support your skin’s health, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and lines that crop up on your forehead:

  • Glycolic Acid: helps break down dead cells and stimulate collagen production
  • Hyaluronic Acid: helps draw water into skin
  • Glutathione: helps replenish cells to promote the first line of defense against oxidative stress
  • Vitamin A: Retinol and Retinoids are proven to stimulate cell turnover and promote collagen production
  • Vitamin C: helps protect against oxidative damage
  • Vitamin D3: improves cell turnover
  • Vitamin E: works on the lipid layer of your cells to protect from free radicals.
  • PGA Peptides: helps hydrate in and around the cells
  • Astaxanthin: helps improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Schisandra: traditionally used for hydration and skin clarity
  • Silica: cofactor of collagen and elastin production
  • Tocos: a type of Vitamin E; helps protect collagen and prevent the visible signs of aging
  • Silver Ear Mushroom: one of the only bioavailable forms of vegan D3; supports your skin barrier and delivers deep hydration

Several of these ingredients can be supplemented both orally and on the surface of your skin. Vitamin C, for instance, is an exogenous nutrient, meaning your body doesn’t produce it, so you need to be proactive in reaching optimal levels. Glutathione, on the other hand, is endogenous, meaning your body naturally produces it, but Glutathione levels decrease over time, and stress and toxins can speed up the process.

You can find Glutathione, Vitamins C + E, Astaxanthin, Schisandra, and Silica in SuperBeauty®, the master antioxidant formula that works to protect from accelerated aging while minimizing the appearance of fine lines.

You can find Hyaluronic Acid, Silver Ear Mushroom, and Tocos in Collagen Protect®, a vegan creamer and skin supplement to help protect and preserve your natural collagen supply.

And topically, you can get Hyaluronic Acid, PGA Peptides, Silver Ear Mushroom, and Tocos in Plump Jelly, a hydrating serum for elasticity and bounce.

We can’t stop time and the elements from writing on our faces, but we can prevent accelerated aging and minimize the appearance of our fine lines and wrinkles. A multifaceted approach to biologically youthful skin involves living a healthy lifestyle, limiting toxins, getting in moisture and massage, and supplementing our diet with skin-loving antioxidants and adaptogens.