Like Frownies? Use this super cheap trick instead!

I happened across Frownies (the little brown paper & glue tapes that help you de-wrinkle) a number of years ago. I loved them (’cause they do work if you work ’em). However, a couple years ago I ran across a method that works just as well, is super cheap and easy. All it takes is a trip to your local drugstore and about $5.00.

I use medical tape! I started out using the flexible plastic tape (waterproof, it holds on gauze bandages) and now also use the thin paper tape. The best way to use this method is to first cleanse and moisturize your face. Then take just a tiny dab of extra moisture or treatment cream (read notes below) and run it into the areas where you’ll put the tape. Don’t rub it in completely, only partically so your skin is a bit damp with it.

Tear of a square of tape and place it anywhere you need to–on crease between eye, forhead, naso-labial fold (lines between nose and mouth), side of eyes, etc. Press it on and sleep with them on. The beauty of using the plastic clear tape is that once on, you really can’t see them. Not so with the large, brown shapes of Frownies.

You can use the paper tape also, however it has some caveats. It will crease during the night if you use too large a piece. These creases can crease your skin and once removed, you’ll have a deep crevice for a few hours. Not good. Use the paper in small square and in areas that don’t get a lot of movement. I have a small divet on my cheek developing where my sleeping mask (think Mrs. Howell or “Lovey”) burrows into my face when I sleep. I place a small square piece of tape on the spot (over some good cream) and voila! In the morning, no divet!

A word of caution: Be sure to use the extra dollop of cream under these tapes. Using them night after night with no cream may leave a reddish, raw spot. These tapes actually exfoliate when you pull them off so using them in the same spot with no barrier (the cream) will start to irritate your skin.

Also, be careful with the tape around the eyes. Don’t place the plastic tape too close to the eyes. I always tear up if I get it too close. However, if it’s at least 1/4 inch from my eyes, I’m fine.

To remove, wet your face with several spashes of water. Once your face is very wet, the tapes will soften and peel right off (like a band-aid comes off easily in the shower). Have fun experimenting with this!



  1. Pirsey said

    If you want to hear a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for 4/5. Decent info, but I just have to go to that damn msn to find the missed bits. Thank you, anyway!

  2. I will do this. TY Zahzel

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