Have you ever come across someone who was reluctant to smile in fear of wrinkles and lines forming on her face? It sounds silly, but that person may be on to something. According to the Mayo Clinic, repeated facial expressions and movements — squinting, smiling, furrowing your brow among them — can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. If you’ve made a bad habit of raising your brow, that could be one of the reasons behind the creasing on your forehead. What’s more, it’ll only get more pronounced as you age. When facial muscles are used, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin, and that groove may no longer be able to spring back in place as skin ages and loses its elasticity. As a result, the repeated creasing and lines can become permanent over time.
Another culprit could be the sun. Ultraviolet radiation can speed up the skin’s natural aging process by breaking down your skin’s connective tissue, leading to premature lines and wrinkles on the skin.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
In addition to kicking your habit of furrowing your brow, be sure to apply broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher each and every day no matter the forecast. Be sure to reapply at least every two hours and take additional sun protection measures such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — when rays are strongest.
THE INGREDIENT TO LOOK FOR: RETINOL
In addition to daily sunscreen use, consider incorporating retinol into your routine to help smooth the look of your forehead lines. “Retinol, the active form of vitamin A in the body, and especially retinoic acid work to increase cell turnover and improve discoloration and target wrinkles,” says board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman. “By replenishing the skin with vitamin A, lines can be minimized.”