FGW: A Frownie Find

June 10, 2008 at 11:53 pm 7 comments

Not ready for Botox? Me neither…

The first time I heard about Botox, it was being used to treat excessive underarm perspiration. I guess some celebrities got it done before major red carpet appearances to avoid deodorant marks. Originally used to treat painful muscle spasms and even strabismus (crossed eyes), it soon became commonly used to treat wrinkles on the forehead and around eyes. It works by weakening and paralyzing the muscles into which it is injected.

There are many downsides to Botox, not the least of which is the price. A quick search online reveals costs from $300 to $1200, with an average of about $500. I don’t know about you, but $500 every six months is more than I have to spend. I’d rather spend that $1000 on makeup and fun stuff. Botox has the ability to spread from the site of injection, and you can find many anecdotal incidents online of people who have become sick following their Botox injection. Over time, Botox injections can leave skin with a waxy look. Just look at the difference in Nicole Kidman between a year ago and now, when she no longer receives Botox injections due to pregnancy. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t agree that she looks much more radiant and natural in her present state. I could never understand why someone would want to put themselves through the pain and possible complications of injecting botulinum toxin into their face. I mean, isn’t avoiding botulism one of our goals in life?

Then I noticed “the crevasse”. Located firmly between my brows, and deeply entrenched, it makes me look as though I am constantly scowling. I’m not really a grump, I just squint a lot, particularly in the morning when I’ve just woken up. All that squinting over the years has left me with a noticeable crease, and I hate it. I’ve tried a variety of treatments and serums, but even though I’ve seen a difference nothing has seemed to really decrease the depth of that one little line. That line that tells me I’m really a grown up, the one that makes me look like an angry, unhappy woman.

Anyone remember the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?  Well, what if you could counteract those repetitive motions that create some of your more irritating wrinkles? What if there was an easy to use product that was inexpensive, effective, and didn’t require a needle or doctor visit? Wouldn’t you just love to know about such a thing? Hey, you ask and I answer my friends. I live to serve…

Who would’ve thought that something as simple as unbleached paper and adhesive could be crafted into something as effective as Frownies? That’s right, Frownies. Just as the name implies, they’re made to fight those persistent frown lines on your forehead and around your mouth and eyes. According to the packaging, “Frownies patches are the safe, natural way to dramatically reduce or eliminate expression lines and creases by relaxing and retraining facial muscles while you sleep”. Simply moisten the back with water or Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray and apply to problem areas. I put mine on right before I go to bed, though you can wear them during the day if you’d like. The thing is, you’ve got to keep them on for at least 3 hours, so unless you want to walk around with a patch of paper on your face getting weird looks from strangers -which is totally cool if you like that sort of thing- all those hours spent sleeping could be put to good use. One minor caveat, you can’t use any creams, lotions, etc. on your face or the adhesive won’t stick. Your face has to be fresh and squeaky clean, so if you use a specialized treatment, be prepared to move it from your evening routine to the morning. Your regular night cream can be applied around the patches so you’re not completely ditching your care regimen.

Blah blah blah, I’m sure taking my sweet time getting to the info you really care about aren’t I? What you really want to know is do they work?  For me the answer is a definite yes. After about a month’s worth of consistent use I have been really happy with the results.  It takes very little time to figure out the placement, especially since the instructions in the box offer helpful tips.  My crevasse has faded to almost nothing.  The only time it becomes noticeable is towards the evening, when a whole day of squinting and pondering starts to catch up with me.  Friends have even noticed and that feels really good, let me tell you. With regular Frownies use and a good pair of sunglasses to reduce my squinting during the day I have seen more improvement that I ever did with all the serums and treatments I’ve tried combined. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this is my favorite find of the year yet.  And I haven’t even told you the best part yet. The cost of this marvelous find?  How does $20 plus free shipping and handling (in the contintental US) sound to you?  That’s right, 144 patches (I use 2 at a time) for only 20 bucks.

Frownies are used by actresses like Rene Russo and Danica McKellar, and have even been mentioned in O Magazine.  The original Frownies came about in 1889, and the line has since grown to include cleansing, hydrating, and treatment products.  It’s a simple system, but not all their products are low cost.  The Immune Perfect wrinkle cream will set you back $100, with the Face Lift in a Bag kit also at $100. As for the Frownies themselves, you have the choice of forehead and between the eyes or corners of the eyes and mouth. The concept remains the same for both styles, but the shape varies slightly. For only $20, what have you got to lose?  Except maybe some of those lines you hate. And there’s no botulism involved!!


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marilyn  |  June 11, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I don’t know, paper patches or botulism…hmmmm…..a difficult call. I’ve NEVER understood the attraction of botox injections. Show me one person who looks better afterwards and I’ll eat my contaminated home-canned beets from 1975. Way to go, Jen! Great find!

  • 2. Jen Hill  |  June 11, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Frownies are brilliant and a “believe-it-or-not” effective product. They have to be used consistently over several weeks, but they really work! I have to give Mo the credit for discovering them, and many thanks Mo for the fabulous post!

    Don’t you dare eat those beets Marilyn!

  • 3. tracy m  |  June 12, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I had a dream about Botox last night! This weird scientist guy came at me in a glass elevator, and just shoved the needle between my eyes. I was shocked and appalled, and it leaken down into my left eye, and my face got all saggy. Then, all the sudden, cause it was a dream and all, my face was normal and radiant again. I was worried about the waxy look thing. Dreams… weird.

    Anyhoo… I want to try these things, because I HATE the crevasse… Down with crevasses!

  • 4. jen38  |  June 12, 2008 at 7:26 am

    That was a freaky dream. As much as I am tempted to try botox for my crevasse (have had one since my early 20’s), I am thrilled to find a pretty dang effective and safe alternative to it.

    My dad mentioned that you probably could use a postage stamp for the same effect, and it might be cheaper! Happy birthday Dad!

  • 5. tracy m  |  June 12, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Maybe I’ll just stick my boys’ Transformer stickers on my forhead tonight. Or maybe a Breathe Right strip?!

  • 6. jen38  |  June 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    You might be onto something Tracy!

  • 7. Gigi Sommers DePascale  |  June 14, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    I have a few hereditary “creases” around my mouth and they make me crazy! They made me crazy when I was a child (and future makeup/skin care addict). I recently read in a beauty magazine that Frownies are wonderful, but I wanted to research them before purchasing (money is tight around here right now, as my husband’s public school teaching contract/raise won’t go into effect until September and I earn about $1.00/hour at a Catholic prep academy–okay, I’m exaggerating but I’m not there for the money). I’m buying them. Thanks, as I’m not going to feel bad about it any longer.


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