It really sucks that no matter how much you take care of your skin, those stubborn fine lines still make an appearance in your face. If by chance, you wake up one beautiful morning and see some creases that you swear weren’t as visible, don’t worry. Small wrinkles on your forehead could be smoothed out without leaving the comfort of your own bathroom. To your convenience, forehead wrinkles are something that everyone will have during their life. Of course, unless your RBF is strong, and you never smile or frown, then yeah, each person will develop wrinkles. While aging wrinkles are a natural process that unfortunately can’t be avoided, there are some ways to make them less noticeable.
Everyday activities like smiling, laughing, and worrying can lead to wrinkles on the forehead. But I believe that we shouldn’t really bother about that since all of the above are good things in life, right?
But why the forehead you may ask. Well, the forehead is the first area of the face that begins to wrinkle because it is very different from the rest of the areas of our body. The forehead has no fat underneath while the rest of the face has fat deposits that help deter wrinkles. Our faces are a window to our feelings. People use their face to express and show their emotions while moving their face and their forehead. These movements are a significant contributor to the forehead wrinkles.
However, as everyone’s body is different, the cause of wrinkles varies from person to person. But the leading causes of wrinkles are, of course, sun exposure, repeated facial movements, aging, and free radicals. Forehead wrinkles are a natural, in a way unfortunate, a byproduct of aging that you can’t escape from. And if forehead wrinkles were not damnation already, wait till you hear this plot twist. Deeper forehead wrinkles could be more than a signal of aging, as they could also indicate some very very bad news for someone’s cardiovascular health. According to research that was presented by scientists in an annual conference in Munich, Germany, there was a definite link between forehead wrinkles and cardiovascular health. The study results showed that people who had many deep forehead wrinkles also had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
The study was conducted by overlooking a group of 3,200 adults between the age of 32 and 62. Each participant was examined and physicians assigned them a score based on the number of wrinkles they had and the depth of those wrinkles. Number zero signified a small number of wrinkles, while three meant a person had numerous deep wrinkles. The participants were then followed for the next 20 years.
Over time, 233 participants died from various causes. Of people who passed away during the study, 15.2% had scores of three wrinkles, 6.6% had one, and 2.1% had no wrinkles. The second group, those with score one wrinkles, had a slightly higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those with no wrinkles. Surprisingly, those who had a score of two or three wrinkles had nearly ten times the risk of dying from heart disease. Yolande Esquirol, the study author and associate professor at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in France, explained that the higher a person had their wrinkle score, the higher their cardiovascular mortality risk.
Although scientists can’t really explain why the connection between deep forehead wrinkles and cardiovascular disease exists, they think that it may be that forehead wrinkles are a marker of atherosclerosis. National Institutes of Health state that atherosclerosis is when plaque builds up in someone’s arteries, thus limiting the blood flow to your organs and potentially leading to heart attack, stroke, and/or death.
Because both atherosclerosis and wrinkles have changes in collagen protein and oxidative stress in common, scientists think the two could be connected. Moreover, the blood vessels in the forehead are tiny and are sensitive to plaque build-up. This means that wrinkles on the forehead could serve as an early indicator that the vessels are aging.
Checking up forehead wrinkles could be an easy and low-cost way to determine if someone is at risk for heart disease. Looking at a person’s face could sound an alarm, and even prevent or lower their chances of the disease. Keep in mind that a score of zero meant no forehead wrinkles, while a score of three meant numerous deep wrinkles. And numerous wrinkles indicate it’s time for a check-up. Better safe than sorry, right?
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