I heard about these “silly” skin care wrinkle preventors several years ago called Frownies. They are essentially thick pieces of paper with an old-school stamp-like adhesive. You wet them, and then stick them on your face in areas you get muscle-causing wrinkles. In the picture, you can see the woman has them in between her eyebrows, and on her forehead, but you can also use them around your mouth, around your eyes, and under your chin – typical places you get wrinkles due to making normal facial expressions. Frownies are not moisturizers and they don’t help to fill in wrinkles, nor do they stimulate collagen. They simply prevent you from making the expressions that cause certain wrinkles – exactly like Botox. The first time I tried them, I thought they were stupid and pointless, but when I gave them a second chance, I liked them. My problem is that I wake up with about 3 lines across my forehead, and two big 11 lines between my brows. Apparently I frown all night long. Guess what – When I apply Frownies in the pattern of the middle picture, I wake up without those lines! So at least for 8 hours, I’m saving myself from deepening those wrinkles.
Frownies are also supposed to “train” your muscles to not make the unwanted facial expressions if you wear them in the daytime. I haven’t really worn them much when I’m not sleeping, since I don’t want my roommate laughing at me, and I’m not about to wear them in public! I highly doubt they really train your muscles. I think they only work while you wear them. Lucky for me, I mostly only make the unwanted expressions when I sleep! So for me, I think they are worth it. The only problem is that they are a pain to get off! You are supposed to just wet your face, and peel them off. Well they stick like superglue! So a lot of times I have an inflamed forehead for a few minutes! At least they don’t give me acne at all!
Currently, I have Botox in my forehead, so I don’t need Frownies. Botox disables you from making the unwanted wrinkles 24/7, so that’s the best part of it. Of course Botox costs 20 times more than Frownies! I also have Botox around my eyes, and while you can put Frownies around your eyes, I’d hate to try to pull them off around the delicate eye area! Ouch. When my Botox (free from the Medical Spa I worked at) wears off, I will go back to Frownies. But in the end, I know I will probably become a Botox junkie. I just need to make more money to afford this expensive habit! Funny thing about Frownies – they were invented in 1889!