Immobilize your forehead for cheap – UK Frownies alternative

MAY 2015 UPDATE: I’ll leave this post here for reasons of historical accuracy, but I’m older and wiser and I use Frownies every night now. Yep, every single night I stick a beige triangle on my head. I recommend them. Also, I’m still alive. OK, read on:

You may or may not be aware of Frownies, overpriced face-rigidizers that are supposed to help keep wrinkles at bay by acting as removable paper Botox. Meant to be worn at night and/or when no one’s looking, they seem to be especially useful for the “elevens” (frown lines between the eyebrows). They are basically pieces of adhesive brown paper that you stick onto your face:

Frownies in action

Frownies in action

The reviewers on MUA have figured out that some brands of surgical tape work just as well and are considerably cheaper, but a lot of these reviews are US-based and I’ve not seen any UK alternatives suggested (although it’s been a while since I looked into this momentous issue, so, you know, my bad if the landscape has changed). My 11s have decided to arrive early and with a vengeance, so I’ve tried out a few different surgical tapes on this side of the pond and this is what I’ve found:

Boots own brand
Little to no immobilizing effect – too pliable.

Tesco own brand
Better, but some evidence of nocturnal frown activity visible upon waking.

3M Micropore Surgical Tape
Winner! No furrows to be seen in the A.M. As with Frownies, they’ll show up again to some extent later in the day, but I’ve found that with consistent taping mine have become much less noticeable even by the end of the day.

3M Micropore Surgical Tape

This is a good thing for me. It’s not just vanity (although it is partly that) – the rest of my face still looks mostly twenty-something, which it is, and I don’t want people to think I’m frowning at them all the time when they see incongruous 11s.

In the end, though, we are talking about putting tape on one’s face. So if this has been of interest to you, get to taping, but then go out and achieve world peace.

Speaking of which, I should note that I’m not in any way affiliated with 3M and I really hope they’re not some village-destroying, tax-evading evil entity.

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