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      Frownies Blog — 2022

      Smooth Fine Lines with Frownies Forehead Serum Patch

      Smooth Fine Lines with Frownies Forehead Serum Patch
      If you are looking for a natural way to get rid of the lines on your forehead, try Frownies Forehead Serum PatchThe Frownies Forehead Serum Patch can be thought of as a blend of a serum and a face mask. The skincare ingredients of the serum are delivered over a longer period of time similar to a face mask. The patch is an effective treatment to plump and hydrate the skin and smooth fine lines when used two to three times per week – or as often as you like! 

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      Celebrating Earth Day with These Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

      Frownies is proud to be a company aligned with the environmental awareness movement. 

      Sadly, the beauty industry is a major contributor to our planet’s pollution problem. Packaging and shipping creates excessive waste. In addition, unsold, returned, and expired products contribute to the waste problem.

      In contrast, Frownies is one of the leading environmentally conscious beauty brands.

      Here are some ways that Frownies products stand out from others on the market: 

      • Frownies Facial Patches are recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.

      Frownies Facial Patches are made from weighted paper with a water-activated adhesive making the patches recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. 

      • Many of Frownies’ other products are also reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable. 

      There is little to no waste when using Frownies Under Eye Gels. Frownies Under Eye Gels are unique compared to other eye gels on the market as they are reusable. The eye gel will appear to shrink as it is absorbed directly into the skin over three to five applications. Because they are made from cactus collagen and aloe vera, any remnants of the eye gels are biodegradable and compostable.  

      Frownies newest product, the Apple Serum, is packaged in single-dose ampoules to maintain potency without added preservatives. The ampoule packaging is made from biodegradable plant-based packaging, making it environmentally friendly by limiting excessive waste.

      • Frownies’ skincare is all-natural, non-GMO, and organic whenever possible.

      Frownies formulations are primarily based on natural ingredients derived from sustainable, renewable sources, Occasionally, Frownies skincare may include select functional synthetic ingredients where warranted to achieve enhanced performance and safety in clean beauty formulations.

      Free from synthetic dyes and fragrances, Frownies skincare carries the scents of pure, cold-pressed therapeutic-grade essential oils. These natural sources are better for the environment. 

      • Frownies limit waste through small-batch, in-house production. 

      Frownies products are made to order. Frownies is proud to hand-make all their formulas in small batches in their warehouse in Ohio. 

      • Frownies products are vegan and never tested on animals. 

      Due to its commitment to sustainability, Frownies skincare is better for you and better for the environment. 

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three young boys.

      Frownies Celebrates Women’s History Month!

       

      Our mission at Frownies is to “honor, embrace, [and] celebrate being … a woman!” And those are the principles that our company was founded upon over 100 years ago!  

      Before many women were in the workforce, before woman owned businesses, even before women had the right to vote, Frownies has been owned and operated by strong, independent women since their invention in 1889. 

      In honor of Women’s History Month, we at Frownies would like to highlight the accomplishments of the five generations of women who have led our family business. 

      Margaret Krosen (1873 - 1962)

      Margaret Krosen was the oldest of eight children to Irish immigrants. As a young woman, Margaret worked for a bank as an assistant to the bank manager. She eventually worked her way up to managing director of the bank-owned B&P Company which, at the time, sold barber supplies. However, the business was struggling, but Margaret bought the company from the bank and began to sell her own invention – the “Wrinkle Eradicator” that would eventually come to be known as Frownies Facial Patches

      In her own home, Margaret rolled an adhesive onto weighted paper and used a special perforating tool to cut the paper into the small patch shapes that could be wetted and applied to form a cast to lift the skin and relax the muscle – and the technology has basically remained the same ever since. 

      Alice Laumer (1893 - 1953)

      Margaret had one daughter, Alice, before her husband passed away. Alice became a well-known concert pianist, and she traveled the country with her mother Margaret– and later with her own daughter Peggy – playing shows including many appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and most notably for President and First Lady Coolidge at the White House. 

      Alice’s mother Margaret would bring her “Wrinkle Eradicators” with her to share with Broadway performers and make-up artists. Eventually, the little box of facial patches made it all the way to California where they became known as “Hollywood’s Best Kept Beauty Secret.” 

      After Alice’s husband passed away, she and her infant daughter Peggy moved back in with her mother Margaret, and the three women ran the business out of their home. Frownies were mostly advertised by word of mouth, so the women responded to letters from all over the world ordering the facial patches. 


      Peggy Wright (1923 - 2018) 

      When Peggy became an adult and married her husband, she became a businesswoman in her own right. She assisted her husband’s business ventures and entertained his clients and their wives while continuing to make and sell Frownies Facial Patches.

      Peggy and her husband eventually bought a building in Cleveland, Ohio. Half was used for her husband’s business and half was kept as Peggy’s office and Frownies warehouse. 

      Peggy, like her grandmother Margaret, continued to run the family business well into her late 80s.


      Kat Wright 

      Kat, Peggy’s daughter-in-law, is the current CEO of Frownies. Kat has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She has written two books, opened a yoga studio, taught cooking classes, and run a healing practice as a naturopathic doctor – all while raising her five children. 

      Kat began working alongside her mother-in-law, Peggy in the early 1990s and took a more full-time role with the company in the early 2000s. Kat brought her wealth of natural health knowledge to the company to expand the Frownies brand with a natural skincare line including serums, moisturizers, and lotions. Kat is always researching the most innovative natural skincare ingredients to continue to elevate the Frownies brand while staying true to the Original Wrinkle Patch. 

      The Next Generation of Frownies Women

      The fifth generation of Frownies women have brought the Frownies Facial Patches into the modern era. Like their great-great-grandmother Margaret, Kat’s three daughters are entrepreneurial and have started their own businesses in health, wellness, fitness, fashion, and make-up. 

      Recently, Kat’s oldest daughter, Helen Morrison, has become the face of Frownies across social media platforms. But Helen and her two younger sisters have been involved in the family business since an early age. Reminiscent of their grandmother Peggy’s childhood, some of their first memories are helping in the warehouse folding and packaging Frownies Facial Patches alongside their grandmother and mother. 

      We at Frownies are proud to be known as a fifth-generation female owned and operated brand. We strive to maintain the personal customer service that the Frownies customers have always appreciated since 1889. 

      Check out this recent comment from one of our customers on Instagram:

      “Did I mention the customer service is winning with this company!!
      Being in sales now I truly appreciate incredible customer service!
      People will always remember how you make them feel… doesn’t matter how good your product is!
      I shared my video yesterday and they were so sweet, reached out and thanked me, then offered some helpful tips and even shared a video and a friendly voice memo.”

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.

       

      Is Your New Year's Exercise Routine Hurting Your Skin?

      It’s that time of year when everyone is hitting the gym as part of New Year’s resolutions. Of course, exercise has endless health benefits – including some for your skin! Here are some ways exercise may improve the appearance of your skin – and some things to watch out for!

      Exercise is essential to positive aging – not only for your body but also for your skin! Exercise has been found to:

      Increase Collagen Production - Through increased blood flow, your skin will be able to make more collagen. Exercise increases the rate of blood circulation throughout your body. With improved blood flow, all the cells in your body receive the essential nutrients they need – water, oxygen, vitamins, and minerals – at a faster rate. With regular exercise, you’ll not only have a healthy glow, but the skin on your face will be able to create more of the beneficial compounds responsible for healthy looking skin, such as collagen and elastin. 

      Clear Pores - Sweating opens the pores in your skin and flushes out dirt and bacteria that can cause acne. Make sure to wash your face after the gym to cleanse your skin of the build-up that was pushed out of your pores by sweating; otherwise, you may be prone to more breakouts!

      Decrease Acne - Exercise decreases stress – And can decrease stress-related acne! It is well known that exercise is essential to positive physical, mental, and emotional health. This may be related to the fact that exercise has a direct effect on the amount of the body’s stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is known to cause excess oil production which increases stress-related acne. So, exercise to reduce stress, decrease cortisol production, and reduce breakouts!

      But beware! To make sure you are caring for your skin before and after you exercise, take these additional precautions:

      Remove Make-Up Prior to Exercise - Make-up on your skin while you workout can prevent the sweat from pushing out all the harmful, acne-causing dirt and bacteria and worse – further clog your pores. To quickly and easily remedy this, just remove your make-up with a gentle cleanser or an oil-free face wipe prior to exercise. 

      Wipe Down All Equipment - To prevent the introduction of more dirt and bacteria onto your skin, wipe down all exercise equipment prior to use. This includes all shared equipment but also your personal equipment, such as your yoga mat. You can further limit transferring foreign bacteria to your skin by avoiding touching your face, a good habit to have anyway. Try carrying a clean towel with you to wipe sweat. 

      Wash Your Face After Exercising - It is essential to cleanse your face after exercising to prevent break-outs. While sweating can help clear your pores of dirt and bacteria, if you let the sweat sit dry on your skin after a workout, the dirt and bacteria from your pores are trapped on your face, creating the perfect breeding ground for acne. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser such as Frownies pH Balance Face Wash.


      As long as you are taking these few simple precautions, healthy glowing skin is another amazing benefit you’ll get from exercising regularly!

       

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.

      NEW YEAR, NEW SKIN!

       Your Top 5 Skincare Concerns and How to Fix Them 

      Happy New Year! It’s that time when everyone is making resolutions and setting goals for the year. Many  resolutions will revolve around looking–and FEELING–better! So, why not make better skin part of your New Years’ goals? 

      Here are five common skin issues and how to address them in the new year!

      Wrinkles

      According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure with an estimated 4.4 million injections performed last year. Obviously, wrinkles are one of your top skincare concerns. In fact, the fastest growing age-group receiving the wrinkle-treatment is 18-24 year olds! 

      Not ready to go under the needle just to achieve smooth skin? Luckily, there are a few non-invasive alternatives. First, a great skincare routine, plus extra hydration from the inside-out, will diminish the appearance of fine-lines and wrinkles. In addition, facial massage, facial yoga, and facial patches can actually train your muscles to lay flat and prevent wrinkles. 

      Join Frownies, the Original Wrinkle Patch, in their #frownies30daychallenge on Instagram to see how these simple paper patches can train your muscles to lay flat and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. 

      Dry Skin

      It seems like everyone is battling dry skin this time of year with the cold, dry winter air. There are a few simple things that you can do to address dry skin. First, make sure you are hydrating from the inside-out! Yes, just drink more water! Aim for 64 ounces of water each day as an achievable goal. (Bonus: This will also help with your exercise and weight-loss resolutions!) 

      Second, use a great facial moisturizer. Look for deep penetrating moisturizers that won’t clog pores. We love layering Frownies Rose Water Hydrator with hyaluronic acid under Frownies Moisturizer Face & Neck with its aloe base and naturally occurring vitamin E. 

      Additionally, you can lock in moisture while you sleep by skipping your standard cotton pillowcase which can actually pull hydration from your face. Opt for silk or bamboo–You’ll love the luxurious feel! 

       

      Acne

      While we think of acne as a concern of our teenage years, the fact is that acne can plague us at any point in our lives. Whether it’s “that time of the month” or pregnancy-related, it’s especially embarrassing to deal with as an adult. Diet and hydration may help in preventing acne. Again, drink plenty of water to aid your body in eliminating toxins. Keep a food journal to try to pinpoint any triggers–fats and sugars are common ones! 

      A key component in treating acne is washing your face-twice a day and after exercise-to cleanse your skin of bacteria, environmental toxins, and pore-clogging make-up. We love Frownies pH Balancing Face Wash because it’s soap-free formula includes fruit peel extracts that gently, but effectively, deep clean pores and balance the skin’s natural pH. And the pH balancing properties make it perfect for any skin type, from oily to acne-prone.

      Large Pores

      There are actually a number of reasons your pores may appear large. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and pores tend to look larger on sagging skin. Our skin also changes texture as we age; thicker skin creates the appearance of larger pores. But there are some products that you can use to address these issues.

      Of course, start by washing your face twice per day to make sure dirt or makeup is not settling into your pores, which can make them appear clogged and larger. You may also deep clean your pores one to two times per week with a great facial mask. We love Frownies Blue Green Algae Clay Mask with three different types of pore-clearing clays.

      Check out what one customer had to say about Frownies Blue Green Algae Clay Mask:

      "It seriously feels like my skin is lifted firmer and so much more clean after just one treatment." 
      — KATHERINE SCOFIELD
      Dark Circles and Bags

      The skin under the eyes is up to 10 times thinner than the rest of the face which can show signs of fatigue and aging more quickly. Using specific creams for the under eyes to provide targeted hydration to keep the skin under the eye smooth and supple. Make sure to gently pat in a small amount of product using your ring finger, the weakest finger, to protect the delicate under-eye area. Frownies Eye Cream comes with the added benefit of caffeine from green tea to reduce the appearance of dark circles and decrease puffiness under the eye. 

      Under eye patches are also becoming increasingly popular to achieve that spa-like experience at home! Under eye patches help targeted ingredients to deeply penetrate the skin of the under-eye. We love Frownies Cactus Collagen Under Eye Gels–They are cooling and soothing; they provide ultra-hydration with aloe vera; and they are reusable!  

       

      What are some of your skincare New Years’ resolutions?

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.