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.