Updates On My Battle With Frown Lines: A Frownie Review

//Updates On My Battle With Frown Lines: A Frownie Review

Oh-so-glamorous Frownie Stickers...The ultimate in night-time wooing

So, I declared my pursuit to diminish my frown lines on the Internet a few weeks ago – and while you may not have heard peep out of me on this since, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy working at this.

No, I have been experimenting with cleanses and topicals, all in the name of getting rid of the “11” wrinkles between my eye brows.  Now, anyone who follows this blog knows I approach beauty from the inside out.  But while I often emphasize looking at your diet, habits and lifestyle to improve your skin, conversely, I also know that you need some surface help too.  Hence, my testing out of the infamous Frownie.

For those of you who don’t know what a Frownie is, hold your chuckles while I explain that they are facial stickers that are to be applied while you sleep.  The reasoning behind this 100 year old product (they use the word “technology”, but lets remember this is pre-ipad times) is that when given a rest, our skin can properly repair itself.  So, when you stretch out the wrinkle and slap on a sticker, our tissues rebuilds and regenerates as we sleep.

The sticker is said to be made of natural glue, which to me is very important because there are glues that make the skin photosensitive….and while I want have my wrinkles-be-gone, I’m not prepared to trade them in for pigmentation.

Now, I’m the first to admit I am/was way skeptical about Frownies, but they have been used since 1889 (far outliving fad status), and some of the online reviews (I’ve read way too many of them…and even watched a couple Youtube vids – can’t say I haven’t done my research) are down right evangelical.  There are more than a handful of people that say that they saw results in a day!  They have also been described as “the poor woman’s Botox”, and touted as “Hollywood’s best kept secret”…though I immediately imagine Joan Crawford using them rather than Jennifer Lopez (who may I say has been looking fantastic!).  But still, with claims like that, what did I have to lose for twenty bucks?

So what has been my experience?  Well, when I first started using them, I started getting very slight irritation and break outs between my brows.  This is also because you are supposed to put it on matte skin so they stick properly, but also disallows you from using night cream (my savior against blemishes).  But I began to massage in a thin layer of my moisturizer in and blotting before applying them and this subsided.  I also didn’t like that when you remove it, it feel like ripping off a band-aid and leaves a bit of redness for a few minutes.  This, I found was lessened when I removed it in the shower, as the water and warmth helped loosen the glue.  There was still redness, but not as much.

But the real question is: have they helped my frown lines?  Well, this is a difficult question to answer.  I definitely find that they look less prominent after taking off my Frownie – but I suspect its from the exfoliation I get from ripping a bandage off my face.  Though, I have been using them only for a two weeks, and some reviews online have said it takes close to one month to see results.  I also think that they may be beneficial in preventing the deepening of my wrinkles because they hold my skin in place, so when I sleep on my side the bunching of my face isn’t contributing to their accentuation.  I will say they haven’t dramatically disappeared – but I will report again when I’ve gone through the box.  Fingers crossed.

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  1. HolisticallyHaute May 18, 2011 at 7:22 am - Reply

    That’s so funny I was wondering how you were doing with the Frownies! I’ve been using them for a week now and I have to say my opinion is similar. I was using them on matte skin like it says to do, but broke out a bit…so I now apply my acne serum (which absorbs/dries quickly when massaged into the skin) and then put the Frownie on once it is dry. I also don’t use water to moisten it…I use a lavender/colloidal silver toner (naturally antibacterial and soothing) to moisten it.

    Even though I saturate it with water to remove it, I still find the removal uncomfortable, and it does leave redness. The redness goes away after I apply more of the toner and my daily serums/zinc oxide sunblock. The line definitely looks better for most of the day but goes back to normal by the end of the day…but it has only been a week so we’ll see what happens if I keep using it. I can’t say I’d try or recommend the ones for under the eyes though, because I think the skin there is too delicate for the harsh removal of the Frownie…

  2. Anonymous May 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Funny, i tried these many years back. Was very excited to find on business trip to Calgary. I gave up but still have the box guess I’ll retry will just have to endure snickers from hubby as they are rather funny looking

  3. HolisticallyHaute May 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Yes my hubby was rather amused by them…”what the f$%^ is that on your head?!” He should be used to seeing various skin care sundries on me after all these years 🙂

  4. Cathy October 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I just came across your article about frown lines and wanted to let you know about another patch alternative—Furlesse. These are CLEAR, easy to apply and remove facial patches made for frown lines, forehead rows, crow’s feet and lip stick lines. Hope you give them a try!

    • kristen October 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Yes Cathy – I found those at the HBA show last year and liked them a lot. I tried to bring them into our stores in Canada but my team didn’t like them as much as I did and vetoed the buying decision. 🙁

  5. Loretta June 17, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Is there an update to the “Frownie” experiment from 2011? I found the original blog post and one update (5/17/11), yet nothing afterwards. I’m very curious to know if these will work on my forehead / horizontal brow lines, as Botox is out of the question. If Frownies did not work, is there a product that will work? Many thanks.

    • kristen June 19, 2015 at 2:37 am - Reply

      So interesting you asked, I actually was thinking of trying out another brand that gets good reviews. I stopped using them because the frownie are was getting overly exfoliated for me. Plus, being a chronic tester, I moved on to a hundred other things! But things always go full circle and I did bookmark a new frownie alternative recently.

  6. Jena September 19, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Kristen, could you share those alternatives please? My “eleven” is getting out of control. I can’t even completely relax those muscles anymore. 🙁 Need help desperately and really want to avoid resorting for toxic injections again.Tnx.

  7. kristen September 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Jena, I dont understand exactly what you’re asking. The link to buy Frownies is in the post 🙂 Is there something else I can help you with?

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