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      How to Apply Frownies Facial Patches to Smooth Forehead Wrinkles

      Facial muscles are unique in that the muscles attach directly to the skin through connective tissue. This allows for facial expressions as the muscle pulls on the skin to create dynamic expression lines.  

      The intention of Frownies Facial Patches is to immobilize the underlying facial muscles through their unique design of weighted paper and water-activated plant-based adhesive. Frownies Facial Patches create a cast to prevent the facial muscles from moving; therefore, allowing the skin to smooth out over a relaxed muscle. Over time, Frownies help retrain the facial muscles to relax, release tension, and lay flat.

      Similarly, Botox is administered using the same principle of immobilizing more than one muscle. For example, to relax the 11 lines of the glabellar region between the eyebrows, the neurotoxin is injected into at least five different locations. Whether the muscle is immobilized through injectables or through non-invasive topical patches, smooth muscles result in smooth skin. 

       FAQ: Why do I need to cover my whole forehead in patches?

      Helen Morrison, the great-great-granddaughter of the inventor of Frownies Facial Patches and the current face of the brand across social media platforms recommends applying the facial patches over the entire forehead which she calls a “full forehead cast” – from hairline to browline, including between the eyebrows, and from temple to temple, which may also include a patch at the corner of the eyes to address any crow’s feet. 

      Helen describes the reasoning for the full forehead cast in this way – If you were to break your wrist, you wouldn’t just have a cast around the fracture line. In order to fully immobilize the bone, the cast would extend to cover adjacent bones, including up to your elbow and down to your hand. 

      Frownies customers have lovingly called this full forehead cast their Wonder Woman crown.  And we love that sentiment as it aligns with our mission to “Honor, Embrace, and Celebrate… Being a woman!” 

      Check out this video for a demonstration on how to apply Frownies Facial Patches. 

      FAQ: Why don’t you just make one giant forehead patch?

      • Every forehead is shaped differently! In order to cover the entire area – from hairline to browline, including between the eyebrows, and from temple to temple, which may also include a patch at the corner of the eyes to address any crow’s feet – you need to be able to customize the placement of the patches to your own unique forehead. 
      • For a proper application of Frownies Facial Patches, the skin needs to be held taut to eliminate the expression line as the patch is applied with the other hand. It would be nearly impossible to hold a giant patch that would cover the whole forehead area. 
      • Overlapping patches reinforces the integrity of the full forehead cast, making it stronger and preventing facial movement underneath the patches. 
      • Overlapping patches also eliminates creases that could be caused by gaps between the patches.

       

       

      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.

      How to Manage Stress for Better Skin

       

      During Stress Awareness Month this April, we challenge you to make a few changes to combat the stress in your life. The good news is that we also have access to endless resources to cope with stress – many of them right at our fingertips! 

      For a variety of reasons, this may be considered to be one of the most stressful times to be alive. In addition to normal daily stressors of work and family, we are dealing with stressors outside our immediate control – pandemics, economic downturns, international conflict, etc. While it’s true that past generations have dealt with many of the same issues that we face today, we are constantly bombarded with information from all over the globe through all forms of media. 

      Your body interprets all forms of stress in the same way. So, whether you’re dealing with emotional, mental, or psychological stress, your body goes through a similar hormone response. The release of the stress hormone, cortisol, and inflammatory proteins called cytokines, affect the whole body. Stress increases your heart rate and blood pressure, increases your appetite and fat storage causing weight gain, and disrupts your sleep.

      Here are a few ways that stress affects your appearance:

      Wrinkles - We think of stress causing muscle tension in our neck and shoulders, but during times of stress you may also be holding tension in the muscles of your face–think of a furrowed brow.  

      Acne - The stress hormones such as cortisol and cytokines can trigger an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands in your skin which can lead to breakouts. 

      Dark Circles - The skin around the eyes is especially delicate and can show signs of dehydration and aging more quickly than other areas on your face. Due to the capillaries being so close to the surface of the skin, the under eye area shows fluid build up (puffiness) and broken capillaries and bruising (dark circles) more prominently.

      Dry Skin - Recent research has shown that the stress hormones impair the skin’s protective barrier leaving it prone to environmental damage and loss of hydration. 

      Crepey Skin - Similar to the causes of acne and inflammation, aging is thought to be caused by increased levels of chronic stress hormones. Cortisol and cytokines break down collagen and elastin leaving skin thin and papery with fine lines. 

      While you can’t eliminate the stress from your life, you may be able to make a few simple changes to help manage your body’s reaction to stress – and some may improve your skin as well! 

      Ways to manage stress:

      • Self-Care - “Self-care” seems to be a hot topic these days. But what does it really mean? Self-care will look different for everyone, so take time to reflect on what helps you to disconnect from stress triggers and relax. Experiment with different types of self-care – meditation, journaling, a massage, a bath – find something that works for you! 

      Try an at-home spa day with a Frownies Clay Mask and Frownies Under Eye Gels

      • Make Sleep a Priority - Sleep is when our bodies rest and repair. Create a calming routine to help you wind-down and get ready to sleep. As you create the pre-bedtime habit, your body will associate the routine with sleep! 

      A nightly skincare routine does double duty as a bedtime routine. Check out our suggested skincare routine here

      • Exercise - 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. Exercise also forces deep breathing, which helps your body turn off the fight-or-flight response. 

      Read more about the benefits of exercise for your skin in this article

      • Connect with Others - Personal relationships are important in managing stress. Make time to talk to friends or family about how you’re feeling or seek professional counseling. 

      Counseling is more accessible than ever through online companies like BetterHelp


      What ways do you manage stress?

       

       

      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 Under Eye Gels Powered by a Surprising Ingredient - Cactus Collagen!

      Under eye patches are one of the most popular at-home spa treatments. These patches can provide a variety of beneficial ingredients directly to the delicate skin of the under eye area. Under eye patches may be targeted to decrease puffiness, smooth fine lines, or minimize dark circles. 

      The skin under the eye is unique. It can be up to 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. This skin is especially delicate and can show signs of dehydration and aging more quickly than other areas on your face. Due to the capillaries being so close to the surface of the skin, the under eye area shows fluid build up (puffiness) and broken capillaries and bruising (dark circles) more prominently.

      Under eye patches, such as Frownies Under Eye Gels, are ideal to deliver targeted ingredients to treat the most prominent concerns of the under eye area such as fine lines (crows feet), puffiness, and dark circles. 

       

      What makes Frownies Under Eye Gels unique:

      Frownies Under Eye Gels are reusable! One pack is enough for approximately one month of treatments. Each pack contains three sets of the cactus collagen eye gels. And each set is reported to last three to five treatment sessions. 

      Use Frownies Rose Water Hydrator with hyaluronic acid to keep Frownies Eye Gels moist between uses. For an added benefit, store the eye gels in the fridge for a cooling effect. 

      There is little to no waste when using Frownies Under Eye Gels. The eye gel will appear to shrink as it is absorbed directly into the skin over three to five applications. Any remnants of the eye gels are biodegradable and compostable.   

      Ingredient Highlights:

      Cactus Collagen - The cactus extract is loaded with essential fatty acids to keep the skin hydrated and plump, amino acids which stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, and Vitamin E to fight free-radical UV damage. Cactus extract should be the secret ingredient in everyone’s skincare routine!  

      Hyaluronic Acid - Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the top skincare ingredients recommended by dermatologists. HA is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it ideal for locking in hydration into the skin and smoothing the appearance of fine lines around the eyes. 

      Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - Niacinamide is known to have a variety of benefits to the skin. The B Vitamin helps build keratin in the skin to keep the skin firm and protected, can strengthen the ceramide lipid barrier to retain moisture, reduces inflammation, and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. 

      Aloe Vera - Aloe vera is known for its skin healing properties. It is widely used to soothe irritated, itchy skin and aid in the healing of minor cuts and abrasions. Aloe vera is easily absorbed into the skin, making it ideal for all skin types from oily to dry. 

      Frownies Under Eye Gels do not have an adhesive and may slide down on the first applications due to their gel consistency. So lay down and relax for 15-30 minutes while the amazing ingredients penetrate deep into the skin. You will notice a difference in the mirror right away! 

      Check out Frownies Instagram stories for more info on Frownies Under Eye Gels. 

       

       

      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.

      It's Easy to Eat Your Way to Healthier Skin!

      You have heard the old adage, “You are what you eat.” And this is true for your overall health and also for the health of your skin. Luckily, it’s actually quite simple to eat your way to healthy skin. 

      There are numerous micronutrients essential to a glowing complexion – Vitamins A, C, E and K; minerals zinc, copper, and selenium; and fats including Omega 3 and 6. But don’t let the number of nutrients overwhelm you. Intentionally adding a few key foods to your diet will reward you with noticeably healthier skin. 

      Here are the top foods to look for – as well as a few things to avoid – if you want glowing skin from the inside out!

      • A Variety of Fruits and Veggies
      Leafy greens as well as red and orange vegetables (think carrots, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers) will provide Vitamin A to maintain healthy skin cells and to prevent premature signs of aging. 

      Citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, and spinach are high in Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant and essential for collagen production. 

      Kale, spinach, lettuce, and cabbage also supply Vitamin K. Vitamin K is known for its role in blood clotting. Because of this, healthy Vitamin K levels may help to heal bruises and wounds and to minimize dark under-eyes.

      • Healthy Fats

      Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are a key nutrient in your overall health. These fats build healthy cell membranes to create the optimal amount of skin oils to protect and hydrate the skin. Fats also aid in the absorption of Vitamins A, D, and E. Your body does not make these types of fats, so the only way to get these essential fatty acids into your system is through a healthy diet. Although you also need Omega 6s in your diet, most people get more than enough of this type of fat through processed foods. Instead, focus on foods rich in Omega 3s such as flax and chia seeds, salmon, walnuts, and avocados.

      • Nuts and Seeds

      Vitamin E in nuts and seeds is also an antioxidant. It is secreted by the oil producing glands in the skin and absorbs harmful UV rays to protect from sun damage. 

      Nuts and seeds, including pine nuts, cashews, and sunflower seeds, contain zinc, copper, and selenium which may act as antioxidants protecting your skin from cancer-causing free-radical damage. 

      • Lots of Water!

      Drinking water not only keeps your skin hydrated from the inside out, it also helps flush waste and toxins from your body keeping you healthier overall. 

       

      Avoid:

      • Sugar

      Processed sugars have been shown to break down collagen and elastin, the connective tissues that keep your skin supple and youthful. 

      • Alcohol

      Alcohol is dehydrating to the skin, making it appear more dull and wrinkled. Drinking alcohol also can affect your sleep, emphasizing dark undereye circles. Plus, alcohol is inflammatory, which can also lead to increased puffiness, redness, and breakouts – YUCK!

      • Inflammatory Foods

      In addition to alcohol and sugar, fried foods, other highly processed foods, and red meat are inflammatory to your skin and your body as a whole. It is good practice to eat these types of foods in moderation and balance them out with the healthy food choices mentioned above. 

      • Personal Triggers

      All health is personal. What is “good” for one person’s skin, may not work for someone else. This is especially true with the foods we put into our bodies. Pay attention to how your skin reacts to certain foods. Do you notice dry skin after eating pizza? Or a breakout after greasy fries? While no food is inherently “bad,” some foods may not allow our bodies to function optimally. 

      Want to dig deeper? Try keeping a food journal or eating on an elimination diet to pinpoint the food triggers your skin may have. 

      Need fresh ideas for healthy recipes to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals for glowing skin? Check out the recipe for Creamy Green Goddess Soup below created by Frownies CEO Kat Wright, ND! 

       

       

      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 Launches NEW Apple Serum with Stem Cell Technology!

      Frownies, the home of the Original Wrinkle Patch, has expanded its skincare line beyond its wildly popular Frownies Facial Patches to include Frownies Apple Serum with plant-based stem cell technology. 

      To better understand how the stem cell technology works, it is helpful to learn the basics of stem cells. Stem cells are special cells, found in all multi-cell organisms, that have the ability to mature into any type of cell. There are two types of stem cells – embryonic or pluripotent stem cells and adult or somatic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells can develop into any type of cell in the entire body; whereas, adult stem cells can only mature into a few different types of cells within the organ they are a part of. Adult stem cells are important for the repair and regeneration of tissues in the body.  

      Stem cells for Frownies Apple Serum are harvested from the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple, a type of apple native to Switzerland that is known for its amazing longevity. This Swiss apple has an extended shelf-life and can maintain freshness without wrinkling and withering months longer than other types of apples. Scientists discovered that the apple’s longevity is due to its specialized stem cells. 

      The apple stem cells from the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple have been shown to provide extensive benefits when applied to human skin. In the presence of apple stem cells, human skin stem cells showed an increase in numbers, protection against UV damage, and maintained function for longer periods of time. And these microscopic changes at the cellular level directly translate to improved skin texture at the macro level – Applying apple stem cells directly on the skin showed a decrease in wrinkles around the eyes.  

      In research, these apple stem cells have been shown to:

      • Reduce wrinkle depth in the crow’s feet around eyes (Household and Personal Care TODAY n.1/2009)
      • Improve skin smoothness as shown in digital images (Household and Personal Care TODAY n.1/2009)
      • Stimulate the proliferation of skin stem cells (Phytochem Rev (2008) 7:599-605)
      • Protect skin stem cells from UV radiation damage (Phytochem Rev (2008) 7:599-605)
      • Maintain function of skin stem cells even in advanced age (Cosmetics & Toiletries Vol 125, No. 5/May 2010)

      Frownies Apple Serum is used to repair the skin and enhance the skin’s natural ability to heal and regenerate. Apply Frownies Apple Serum after cleansing the skin. The serum has a silky texture which absorbs into the skin quickly and may be applied under Frownies Facial Patches without interfering with the adhesive of the patches.  It is recommended to apply other hydrators and moisturizers overtop of Frownies Apple Serum. 

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


      Product highlights:

      • Over 80% active ingredients (apple stem cells)
      • No preservatives
      • No added fragrance
      • Safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding
      • Can be applied to skin anywhere on the body including neck, hands, and decolletage 
      • Single-dose, biodegradable packaging

      Learn more about Frownies Apple Serum in this interview on Instagram with Frownies Director of Brand Strategy Helen Morrison and Frownies CEO Kat Wright.

       

      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.