There are so many things that are wonderful about getting older. You gain a lot of wisdom as you go, learn who your real friends are, and stop dating guys who think sleeping on a mattress without a bed frame is acceptable. Not to mention the freedom that comes with moving forward in life, both from your parents, and (hopefully) financially as you move onwards and upwards in your career. While you may sometimes feel a twinge of regret for the wild days of your early twenties or the simplicity of your teen years, it’s safe to say that overall, getting older is great.
Exceeeeept for one tiny thing: when you start noticing how getting older is affecting your face. There is, of course, nothing shameful about getting older. Going a bit grey and getting a few wrinkles here and there just shows that you’ve lived, and puts all those good things about getting older on display in a physical way. But even if you’re totally cool and confident about aging, it’s hard not to feel a little upset or annoyed when you see age lines start to change your face.
Aging gracefully is definitely an art, and to a certain extent, we just have to accept that these things will happen! But that doesn’t mean we should take good care of our skin as we age and try to maintain a youthful glow as long as possible. Not because we don’t want to look our age—but because we want our age to look as confident and gorgeous on the outside as it feels on the inside.
So what can you do when you start to notice some wrinkles forming between your brows? Let’s find out.
What Causes Eyebrow Wrinkles?
Eyebrow wrinkles are just a normal part of the circle of life. As you age, your skin gets a bit thinner, and the production of the things that made your skin so supple and bouncy in your youth like elastin and collagen decreases, leaving your skin with a little less natural luster than you’re used to. Combined with gravity, your skin will inevitably start to sag or wrinkle — it’s totally normal, and isn’t a sign of anything other than the passage of time and maybe your genetics.
Unfortunately, unlike youthful skin complaints like teenage acne and blemishes, once you start to notice age lines on your face, it’s likely to only get worse as time goes on. You may not even notice it at first, but one day, you’ll turn and see yourself in the mirror and realize you look like… a real adult, even if you don’t feel it.
The area between your brows and around your eyes is particularly prone to wrinkles and age lines because another leading cause of wrinkles is repeated motion. If you’ve lived a life full of laughter and smiles, those parts of your face are likely to have moved in a similar way frequently, resulting in those tell-tale grooves, also called “glabellar lines.” Things like smoking and sun damage can also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
Wrinkles are progressive, so you might first notice small, thin lines developing on your face. These are what will deepen into full-on grooves over time. So if you’re still relatively young and you're just starting to see the first indications of wrinkles, there’s nothing you can do to prevent them from forming altogether, as they’re just a natural part of aging. But whatever stage you’re in, there are things you can do to reduce their appearance and postpone them getting any deeper.
How To Get Rid of Eyebrow Wrinkles
Whether your eyebrow wrinkles are just starting to form or you’ve had them for a while and you’re just beginning to look into ways to improve their appearance, there are a number of things that can go on your list of how to get rid of eyebrow wrinkles.
The best way to get rid of eyebrow wrinkles is to delay their development in the first place! While we’ll all inevitably show visible signs of age at one point or another, prevention is always the best way to go.
This means wearing sunscreen every day to prevent sun damage—not only will this help prevent wrinkles, but it will also overall improve the health of your skin over time. It’s no coincidence that most people you look at and go, “you cannot possibly be that age!” have been wearing SPF religiously their whole lives. It also has the added benefit of keeping any brow tinting or microblading you might have gotten done intact and giving it additional staying power!
This also means thinking about quitting smoking if you have a bit of a habit, limiting your alcohol consumption, and committing to a consistent skincare routine. Your routine doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy (although we’ll talk about additional options in a moment!) but you should be moisturizing and cleansing your face daily.
2. Retinols and Retinoids
In addition to your normal skincare routine, applying topical retinoids or retinol can help stimulate cell turnover and give your skin a bit of a resurfacing to help your skin to maintain a full, youthful look longer than it otherwise might. Retinols and retinoids usually take several months of consistent use for noticeable results, so be patient!
3. Professional Treatments
There are a number of professional treatments you can seek out to help reduce the appearance of eyebrow wrinkles. These treatments include more minor fixes like microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels. In order to determine which, if any, of these treatments is most suited to your skin type, you’ll want to speak with a certified technician or dermatologist.
You can also pursue increasingly popular injectable fillers, such as Botox. Although fillers sometimes get a bad wrap for freezing your face or being comically obvious, if you see a qualified doctor you trust, and don’t get trapped into a cycle of overdoing it, small amounts of filler can help turn back the clock on your eyebrow wrinkles gracefully.
While you can’t completely change the appearance of your face with makeup, and it isn’t a comprehensive way to get rid of eyebrow wrinkles, with a combination of a silicone primer (or another filling primer) and a good concealer, you can seriously reduce the appearance of your wrinkles enough to make you smile at your reflection in the mirror again.
5. Maintain Your Brows
Look, this isn’t going to change your eyebrow wrinkles. But if you make sure your eyebrows are well-maintained and totally tamed, you can make sure that nobody is going to be paying any attention to your eyebrow wrinkles. We’d put this in the column of embracing your age lines rather than trying to disguise them!
You can use a Micro Precision Pen or a Tatbrow® Microblade Pen to do detail work and create natural, fine hair-like strokes to make your brows appear thicker and fuller, as well as giving them the structure we’re looking for here. If you’re more of a low maintenance kind of gal—or if you want to double up and really go hard when it comes to your brow look—our Ultra Defining Brow Gel comes in tints that match your natural hair color to keep your brows looking well-groomed, statement-making but also totally natural.
Eyebrow wrinkles are an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them get in the way of you living your best life. Whether you’re looking to reduce the appearance of eyebrow wrinkles or just want to make sure your brows are on fleek so nobody even thinks twice about your age lines, we’re sure you’re going to look amazing.
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The Treatment of Glabellar Frown Lines | US National Library of Medicine
Skin Aging Induced by Ultraviolet Exposure and Tobacco Smoking: Evidence From Epidemiological and Molecular Studies | National Library of Medicine