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      Love Yourself First for More Beautiful Skin!

       We are well into February – the month of LOVE – and while we usually think of loving our partner or our friends and family during this time of year, we at Frownies want to highlight loving YOURSELF first! 

      “Self-love means that you accept yourself fully, treat yourself with kindness and respect, and nurture your growth and wellbeing,” according to PsychCentral

      Research has shown that there are endless health benefits to loving yourself – including many for your skin! Here are a few ways that positive feelings towards yourself improve your outward appearance.

      Self-love can:

      • Improve your skin’s texture 

      A positive attitude can actually help maintain healthy, radiant skin through the release of the happy hormones – oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. These hormones help to increase blood circulation to distribute more oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, including to your skin. The increased blood flow gives your skin a youthful glow. And the extra oxygen and nutrients allow your skin to repair and regenerate at a faster rate, so your skin is smoother and healthier. 

      • Decreases acne and inflammation

      The stress hormones such as cortisol and cytokines can wreak havoc on your skin. Cortisol triggers an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands in your skin which can lead to breakouts. Similarly, many skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can be triggered by increased stress. 

      Luckily, happy people have lower levels of these stress hormones. Of course, we all encounter stressors every day; however, having healthy coping mechanisms and taking steps to decrease chronic stress can help maintain healthy looking skin.

      • Slow signs of aging

      Similar to the causes of acne and inflammation, aging is thought to be caused by increased levels of chronic stress hormones. Cortisol and cytokines inhibit collagen production and impair the skin’s protective barrier leaving it prone to environmental damage and loss of hydration. 

      On the contrary, positive people scowl less resulting in fewer forehead wrinkles and sleep better resulting in less puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.

      • More likely to make healthy choices

      When you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to take care of yourself. This often looks like taking time to exercise, eating nourishing foods, and drinking plenty of water – all of which can benefit your skin! In terms of skincare, positive people also take pride in their appearance and may follow a healthy skincare and makeup routine. 

      The best news of all – it’s all part of a positivity cycle! When you choose happiness, your skin looks better. And when you’re pleased with your outward appearance, it can also make you more confident! 

      Not really loving yourself yet? Try repeating a daily affirmation. Research proves that thinking, writing, and even speaking a positive affirmation about yourself can change your attitude and outlook on life. 

      Here are some skin-positive affirmations we loved from Utterly Positive

      I am comfortable in my own skin and I radiate confidence.

      I take good care of my skin to keep it beautiful and clean. 

      I always see the bright side in things and that brightness shows in my face. 

      I choose to eat healthy and it shows in my youthful skin. 

      I drink enough water every day to keep my skin moisturized from the inside. 

      Which are your favorite affirmations?

      Remember, self-love affirmations don’t only have to be skin-deep! Try speaking positivity into any area of your life. You may be surprised by the results!

       

      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.

       

      Frownies Valentines Day FAQ: What will my partner think when I wear Frownies Facial Patches to bed?

       

      Occasionally, the #FrowniesFam asks, “What will my partner think when I wear Frownies Facial Patches to bed?” Recently, we posed this question to our customers on our Frownies Instagram page and here were some of the responses:

      QUESTION: What did your partner think when you first wore Frownies?

      Answer: “That I had bandaids all over my face.”

      Answer: “He didn’t notice.”

      Answer: “He was happy I wasn’t injecting neurotoxin in my body." 

      Answer: “He jokes and calls it my Wonder Woman patch.”

      Answer: “He said if doing it made me feel better, he was all for it!”


      We loved the variety of these responses. You can tell how sweet and supportive these partners are! And that got us thinking, what are the keys to a healthy relationship? 

      Research shows there are a few important aspects to healthy romantic relationships:

      1. Be Silly

      It’s ok if your partner is poking fun at your new look–as long as you’re laughing along with them! According to Psychology Today, “Being playful allows you to bring the positive emotions of joy and laughter into your interactions with other people." Laughing releases all the feel-good hormones including dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins – which can also make you feel closer and more in love with your partner. 

      2. Be Vulnerable

      Perhaps the most powerful and most important aspect of a healthy relationship is being vulnerable with your partner. World renowned speaker and author Brene Brown says, “[T]here can be no intimacy…without vulnerability. Vulnerability is the glue that holds intimate relationships together.” We often feel pressure to always put our best face forward, but for your partner to truly know you, you must be willing to let your guard down. So, it’s really to the benefit of your relationship to take off your make-up, put in your retainer, and wear your Frownies Facial Patches to bed! 

      3. Love Yourself First

      According to Scientific American, “taking responsibility for one’s own happiness has the potential to drastically improve the quality of our relationships.” So, if looking good and aging gracefully make YOU happy, it can actually increase your satisfaction with your partner as well! Win-Win!


      If you are still self-conscious to wear your Frownies Facial Patches around your partner, here are a few other suggestions:

      • Wear your Frownies Facial Patches at a different time of day. 

      Many customers report wearing their patches during the day – especially as so many people are working from home. Or just throw on a hat or a headband and wear them to the gym, school drop-off, or to the grocery store!

      • Get your partner to wear them too! 

      Hey, men get wrinkles too. Stay smooth together by wearing Frownies Facial Patches to bed as a couple!

      • Get into maintenance mode.

      While we recommend wearing your Frownies Facial Patches for at least 30 nights in a row, eventually, you’ll be in what we call maintenance mode. You may only need to wear your patches to bed a few nights a week to maintain your face-smoothing results. 

       

      We want to hear from you! Do you wear your Frownies Facial Patches around your partner?

       

       

      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.

      Frownies Celebrates Black History Month!

      In honor of Black History Month, Frownies interviewed April Carter, make-up artist and lifestyle vlogger based in Greenville, SC, for her unique perspective on skincare concerns that BIPOC consumers may face.  

      First, “there is more that makes us the same than what makes us different,” April emphasizes. Regardless of race or color, all skin is skin. “The same skincare concerns that a person of color experiences are also the same skincare concerns that any nationality experiences–There just may be varying degrees or certain factors that make one more pronounced than the other.”

      So, what are the real differences in skin among different races? While there may be slight differences in thickness and texture, the most obvious difference is color. The variations in color of our skin are due to differing amounts of melanin, the pigment of the eyes, hair, and skin. In fact, there are two types of melanin: eumelanin which is responsible for darker tones and pheomelanin which creates more red and pink tones.  All skin tones–from light to dark–contain these two types of melanin in varying ratios. 

      Historically, however, all skin has not been treated equally. For example, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (April 2020) found that dermatology textbooks only included a mere four to 18 percent of images were of darker skin tones. In addition, studies in dermatology research lack representation of darker skin tones. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (July 2021) sampled 58 dermatology research studies and found that fewer than 25% of participants identified as a race other than white. 

      These disparities can pose major challenges in healthcare as well as the skincare industry. Lack of education and awareness of the differences in presentation on varying skin tones can make diagnosis and treatment of health issues more difficult. And alarmingly this delay is not only a problem in more benign skincare concerns such as eczema or acne but also more serious health conditions that show signs and symptoms on the skin, such as melanoma skin cancer and Lyme’s disease, for example. 

      Lack of representation in dermatology research and education has also led to a lack of understanding of how skin care products perform on darker skin tones. Darker skin may react differently to skin care products that were formulated and tested on lighter skin due to the increased concentration of melanin.

      April confirms, “A skin care concern that is more pronounced on people of color is hyperpigmentation, dark patches and spots on the skin that cause uneven appearance. Learning how to correct this concern is often a plight for many women of color.” April continues, “For people of color, it’s about finding products that help to even out and balance without whitewashing the skin per se.” 

      What should you look for in a skincare regimen? “The number one thing I believe all people of color should look for is oil.” April says. “Our skin loves and needs oil–it’s what keeps our skin supple and hydrated, it is what keeps those fine lines away, it can even help to even out our skin tone. When you look down our ancestral line at our homelands, whether that be from Africa or the islands, you find that a lot of the native people use the natural oils of that land. Olive oil, jojoba oil, palm oil, etc. – All these different types of oils in their natural state do wonders for the skin.” 

      Regardless of your skin’s color, April believes “it’s important to not overcrowd the skin with chemicals and lab-made products.” She suggests instead opting for natural and organic products with eco-friendly packaging. Frownies Skin Serum contains organic oils from plants primarily from: Hemp oil, Oat oil high in vitamin E and Sea buckthorn Oil full or antioxidants that nourish and protect the skin. 

      April is a make-up artist and spent eight years with MAC Cosmetics and six years doing freelance work. She is a self-proclaimed skincare enthusiast after suffering years of poor skin texture and tone, acne, and post-acne skin issues. April is happy to report that she is now balanced, radiant, and acne-free. 

       If you’re interested in hearing more of April’s perspective, you can check out her YouTube channel and her Facebook Page

       

       

      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.

      Give your body some extra love this Valentine’s season with Frownies Citrus Honey Body Wash!

      Don’t just cleanse your skin – protect and nourish your body’s largest organ with Frownies Honey Citrus Body Wash

      Your skin is your first line of defense for your immune system. Healthy skin provides a physical barrier against the outside world. Healthy skin is smooth, hydrated, and glowing; While dry, cracked skin anywhere on your body can allow for bacteria, viruses, or fungi to get in causing infection or serious illness. 

      Take your morning routine beyond simply cleaning your skin and begin hydrating and healing right in the shower with Frownies Citrus Honey Body Wash loaded with thoughtful, healthy ingredients! 

       

      Ingredient Highlights: 

      Organic Aloe Vera  - Unlike other body washes where the main ingredient is water, our body wash starts with an aloe vera juice base. 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. 

      Organic Apple Juice - Apple juice contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which is known to have multiple skin-related benefits. AHA acts as a gentle exfoliant and helps to remove dead surface cells from the skin improving the overall tone and texture. AHA in apple juice is also thought to brighten skin and promote collagen production.

      Willow Bark - Willow bark has a host of skin benefits as it is rich in salicin, the compound that salicylic acid is derived from. The salicin in willow bark is a potent anti-inflammatory and reduces irritation and redness on the skin. Willow bark is also a gentle exfoliator and antimicrobial which helps leave your skin clean and radiant. 

      Honey - Honey is a superior natural moisturizer and a powerful antimicrobial. Honey is unique in that it can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers due to its specific enzymes; therefore, it hydrates from within by drawing moisture past the skin’s surface. As an antimicrobial and gentle exfoliant, it clears the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria. It cleans pores and reduces acne and blemishes all over the body. 

      Citrus Essential Oils - The essential oils of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and mandarine not only provide natural fragrance, but these essential oils are known for their mood-boosting properties. Citrus essential oils are thought to decrease stress, ease anxiety, and increase energy levels – The perfect way to start your day! These specific essential oils are also known to be natural antimicrobial agents

      Vitamin E - Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is known to reduce free-radical damage to the skin caused by UV sun exposure. It may improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars. 

       

      Just as important as what’s IN our body wash, is what we left OUT! Frownies Citrus Honey Body Wash is free from synthetic fragrance, toxic preservatives, and harsh surfactants that strip the skin of natural oils and moisture. 

       

      Elevate your showering experience with Frownies Body Brush! Squeeze Frownies Honey Citrus Body Wash onto a wet Frownies Body Brush to cleanse, exfoliate, and stimulate your lymph system from head to toe. The natural bristles expand as they absorb water to exfoliate your skin without causing damaging micro-tears. The small rubber knobs between the bristles increase blood circulation to the skin and underlying tissues as you wash, aiding in the body’s natural detoxification to improve the tone of the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

       

      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.