Many cosmetic brands claim to have the magic bullet for getting rid of wrinkles — and many are useless. Some beauty products, however, may actually help. These include:
Products with retinol
Retinol is a milder form of the prescription vitamin A byproduct known as tretinoin. Tretinoin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acne and wrinkles. Retinol improves skin cell turnover and supports collagen production. Retinol doesn’t hold up well in sunlight, though. For best results, use products containing retinol at night.
Exfoliating products with glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used to exfoliate the skin to reveal healthier, younger-looking skin. Glycolic acid is the main ingredient in many chemical peels. It’s also in some leave-on, over-the-counter exfoliants. Glycolic acid may cause sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear sunscreen after using glycolic acid products.
Just as paint primer prepares a surface for paint, face primer prepares your skin for foundation. Primer won’t get rid of forehead wrinkles, but it’s an inexpensive way to make them less noticeable. Primer comes in powder, gel, or cream forms. It “smooths” wrinkled skin and helps foundation stay put throughout the day.
If needles don’t scare you, you may want to consider Botox injections to fight forehead wrinkles. Botox is a medication made from the botulinum toxin. When injected into specific muscles, it temporarily paralyzes them so they can’t contract. In other words, when you frown, your forehead won’t naturally wrinkle. Botox injections aren’t for everyone, though. They carry a price tag, and Botox may cause uncommon side effects such as:
- pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
- flu-like symptoms
- dry eye
The ongoing battle against aging is unlikely to end anytime soon. Even so, there’s not much scientific research on products that minimize forehead wrinkles. Most evidence is based on individual accounts, so they may not be reliable.
It may be hard to get rid of forehead wrinkles entirely, but there are steps you can take that may make them less noticeable. The best way to slow aging and prevent wrinkles is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet, avoiding prolonged sun exposure, exercising regularly, and managing stress are the most effective ways to keep your skin and the rest of your body