Retrain Your Muscles To Prevent Wrinkles?
By Kristina Frazier-Henry, Contributing Writer |
I'll admit, I'm a little more obsessed with beauty products than most of my friends are. I'm excited to see the release of newest and best products, especially in the anti-aging section. One evening, while out with some girlfriends from work, a discussion around the latest and greatest came up in conversation. Naturally, I talked about what I thought the trends were and when my speech was over, one of the women mentioned that her one and only product over the years that she used to address wrinkles and lines was something called Frownies.
Frownies? Huh? I had never heard of such a thing.
But apparently celebrities like Rene Russo, various runway models, and even make-up artists, have sworn by them. Some have even called it their last defense before Botox.
Unlike other anti-aging products, Frownies are mechanical in nature. That means instead of treating the symptoms of wrinkles and lines, they actually re-train your underlying muscles to resume their natural position.
How? The concept is SO simple. You take one of the pads, moisten it, and adhere it to the part of your face that has bothersome lines or wrinkles. Leave the pads on for three or more hours (it is recommended that you leave them on overnight). Do this for at least three weeks – and yes – I'm telling you – it does indeed work. I had one particular crease on my forehead that has bothered me for some time. With each application, I noticed that the crease turned into a line. At the end of the third week, that line became a nothing.
Is it magic? No, it's just common sense.
The triangular-shaped natural paper-like pads that you apply to the area act as a splint to your muscles. That's the mechanical nature of this product. This isn't a gimmick folks-it does just as it says.
What are the drawbacks? First, it can take some practice to get the placement of the pads right. Because they are triangular in shape – and because I'm not good at following directions – I did waste a couple of the pads right off the bat. They're pretty cheap though (144 pads will run about $19.95). Second, there's a knack to moistening them appropriately. You can use just water but eventually, I broke down and purchased their Hydrator Spray (retail approximately $10.95). I found that the spray made the entire process much easier for me. Third, if you're not used to sleeping with paper stuff on your face, you might be annoyed by leaving Frownies on overnight. I was annoyed for the first two nights but got over that soon enough. Surprisingly, as long as you adhere them correctly, they won't come off during the night.
In the morning, when you peel them off (and this is pain free), you can go about your usual routine.