FOR an overworked, overtired 40-year-old mother of three, I’d like to think my skin isn’t too bad and holds some good memories.
But there’s no denying that “11er” between my eyes deepening by the minute.
I work long hours, rarely get more than three or four hours of sleep a night, and am always up early with the kids. I worry about it showing on my face and like most women I want to slow the signs of aging.
The obvious solution is Botox. However, since this is typically done every three months, I don’t need another recurring charge added to my bills.
Also, the idea of sticking needles in my face is repulsive.
When I saw TikTok users half my age greeting magical wrinkle marks, my interest was piqued.
The hyped product is a £23.95 pack of 144 frownies night out wrinkle patches, available at amazon.co.uk and frownies.co.uk.
Going viral on TikTok, @frowniesfamily has attracted 181,000 followers and 10 million views for the miracle patches dubbed ‘Botox Skin Patches’.
Manufacturers claim the patches smooth skin and reduce wrinkles while you sleep by retraining facial muscles to stop wrinkles from forming.
They aim to prevent and reduce lines that form on the skin due to repetitive movements such as frowning, squinting or smiling.
The stick-on patches act like a plaster cast for the muscles – keeping them flat and smooth for hours and preventing you from making facial expressions that could cause wrinkles.
Eventually, the muscles should stop this movement altogether.
With 20-somethings using them as a preventive measure and older women claiming they reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Frownies have already garnered more than 10,000 five-star reviews.
But the social media sensation has been a Hollywood secret for years.
Hollywood legend Raquel Welch, 81, credits them with their wrinkle-free skin.
While Kris Jenner, 66, mother of the Kardashian clan, revealed her as her beauty secret. She claims daughters Kim, 41, Khloe, 37, and Kourtney, 42, all used them — and even ex-husband Bruce, now Caitlyn Jenner, 72, joined in at times.
Well, if they’re good enough for the Kardashians, I think they’re worth a try.
I’ve tried all sorts of creams and lotions, from cheap to expensive.
I’ve also tried facials, deep tissue facial massages, and tricks like face tape.
But nothing was worth buying again. The patches look like little triangular patches that you tear apart depending on how many you want to use.
Before applying, it is advisable to massage the skin a little to stimulate blood circulation.
Then just dab some warm water on the shiny side of each one to make them sticky before smoothing the skin down with one hand and sticking them on with the other. I found them incredibly easy to use.
Since I prefer to wear them overnight, I put them on around 10 p.m. and went to bed half an hour later. I worried they would be too uncomfortable to wear to bed, but I hardly noticed them and they didn’t affect my sleep in any way.
They also didn’t feel stiff or itchy. You can easily put them on for a few hours while working at home.
The brilliant idea was developed by the American Margaret Kroesen in 1889 when she noticed that her concert pianist daughter Alice had unsightly frown lines.
The design and packaging have changed over the years, but the formula never.
You can buy them for the forehead, between the eyes, the corners of the mouth, the lip line, and under the eyes. When I woke up I was excited to see the results.
I just dabbed warm water on the stains and peeled them off. It was quick and painless. According to Frownies UK, the patches can make a difference to new lines in as little as three nights, but deeper wrinkles may take longer.
You use them until the line is no longer visible, and then stop. Once the line begins to form again, continue applying the patch.
After just one use I was very impressed. When I pulled them off for the first time, my skin looked a little red – like after a hot eyebrow wax. But right away I could see that my 11s were a lot less visible and flatter. I was surprised.
The lines were much softer than the night before. It was like turning back the clock. I looked refreshed and dare I say younger.
The consulting dermatologist Dr. Anton Alexandroff says, “While there is no conclusive scientific evidence that these patches work, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who believe they have a beneficial effect on fine lines, so there’s no harm in trying them. However, any effects are likely to be mild and temporary.”
The patches are good value too – the 144 in the box will last you 36 nights if you’re using four a night, and I guess I probably won’t need that many.
As the day progressed the frown lines returned a bit but I will definitely continue to use the patches. I hope those “11” lines will be gone in a few weeks. You can also always use them the night before a special event. I love that there might be a way to get rid of wrinkles without needles or toxic chemicals. It’s a routine I can definitely get used to.
Online reviews state that the product makes you look about 20 years younger. Maybe that’s a bit far-fetched, but I’ve definitely got a few years behind me and I’m happy with that.
I was so impressed that I’ve since ordered a tube of Frownies cellulite cream and their new “stem cell” serum, which claims to activate regeneration of your skin’s stem cells and reduce the depth of crow’s foot wrinkles in two weeks.
Hopefully I’ll be looking younger than my 40 years in no time. In the meantime, I’m glad that my “11s” are getting on in years.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17971716/botox-patches-viral-sleep/ I’m a 40 year old mum and tried Kris Jenner’s favorite £23 viral botox patches