One good reason not to frown! Ever wonder why the Royal family appears stoic and at times expressionless. Would you believe among the reasons to remain calm and carry on, is to avoid unwanted lines and wrinkles. One simple truth remains, regardless of effort, over time, lines appear and the addition of frowning can make you look constantly frustrated or mad when those wrinkles set in.
What are frown lines?
Frown lines appear in several areas. They form the shape of the number eleven between the eyebrows, they create horizontal lines across the forehead, and they even appear as a drooping effect at the corners of the mouth.Frown lines develop over time as we repeatedly contract the muscles that make us squint or pout, forcing the skin to gather and form lines. Genetics and skin thinning and a loss of elastin and collagen as we age make skin resilience and bounce back ability to its original shape after you make certain faces- more difficult.
What causes frown lines to form?
- Repetitive expression
- Ultraviolet expression
Effective frown line treatment options:
Cleansing removes toxins you may absorb through the skin, like from air pollution or smoke, that contribute to signs of aging.
Exfoliating with a scrub or an acid like lactic or glycolic, removes the top layer of skin to brighten and promote cell renewal for a fresh, glowing face.
Moisturizing is key to avoiding dry, crepey skin that’s prone to wrinkles. Make sure you don’t miss the spots between your eyebrows and around the mouth!
Wear sunscreen (30 SPF at least) in the daytime to protect against UV exposure.
Retinoids--encompasses a large family of vitamin A-based products, including prescription tretinoin (Retin-A), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin)—as well as over-the-counter retinol. It’s no wonder that they are some of the best known topical anti-aging ingredients available. As a group, they’ve widely for decades and are proven to speed up skin cell turnover and increase the production of collagen, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. A downside is that they take several months for visible improvements, and the skin may need some time to adapt. Because of the risk for side effects, start slow, introducing it only once or twice a week before working up to the daily application.
Microneedling--a newer treatment to hit the skincare scene which involves using ultra-fine needles to prick tiny holes that trigger the skin to heal and regenerate, resulting in a stronger structure. It can be done at home with a dermal roller or at a dermatologist’s office with a professional machine. Although it can be a little bit painful, the pros will usually give you a numbing cream to help offset the discomfort.
Injectables-- neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport, are among the most popular professional procedure for frown lines—especially those between the brows and on the forehead. A small amount can be very effective to relax the overactive muscles in the area to prevent the facial expression that causes wrinkles. This treatment takes two to seven days to work, but the results are great.
Massage--can help benefit a variety of muscles in the face. Consider the frontalis muscle, which is what makes or breaks those horizontal wrinkles. For a smooth forehead, place your left palm on the left side of your forehead and your right palm on the right side of your forehead. Hold the skin firmly in place with your left hand as you move the right hand clockwise in a circular motion for about two minutes. Repeat with the left palm, keeping the right palm still as you move in a counterclockwise motion for two minutes. Repeat a total of three times.
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