Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Product Worth the Price: Frownies

image from: Walgreens
I don't usually like putting on skin treatments before bed because they always make me breakout. Because of this, I've never been able to use an overnight treatment for enough nights to actually see any results. Whether it's an oil or a cream, and no matter how many people rave about it, I invariably wake up with blackheads or bumps after using it.

From simple natural options like coconut oil, to all-natural products, to highly chemical products, to sensitive skin products, I've tried a ton (thank goodness for samples and return policies), but the only treatment option that has both shown me results and kept my skin clear is Frownies patches.

If you are not familiar with them, Frownies are all-natural small triangle patches that stick to the skin when moistened. In that way, they are a little like small Bioré pore cleansing strips, but their purpose is to smooth out wrinkles while one sleeps. They have been approved by Good Housekeeping, and have a high rating on Amazon, but are not carried by many of the beauty product stores, so some people have never heard of them.

Frownies do not feel quite the same as the Bioré strips, because they are not quite as strong. The Bioré strips create a there's plaster on my face feeling, which is quite satisfying for their purpose, but probably not something one wants to feel all night. One puts Frownies on after massaging the area for 60 seconds, and then the strips gently hold those muscles in place, forcing them to stay still for several hours. My theory as to why they work so well is that the muscles are relaxed through massage, and then not allowed to move -- kinda the same idea as using Botox, but without the needles.

Wearing Frownies
image from: Frownies
The one drawback is that one looks pretty funny with little paper triangles attached to her face. But in my experience they do work, so if one is unconcerned with her appearance while she sleeps, they are a great choice. And, in my opinion, the best part is that they do act somewhat like small Bioré pore cleansing strips -- they are not as strong at clearing blackheads as the Bioré strips are, but they do pull up a bit of dirt when one takes them off in the morning. Which means that not only do I not break out, but my skin is even a bit more clear when I wake up.

A natural product that smooths my skin and even makes it a bit more clear for about $17.00? Frownies covers everything I am looking for in an overnight skin treatment.

(I test a lot of products. In order for it to be a Products Worth the Price, it must be an item I've lived with for a while and absolutely will purchase again.)

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