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Question: My sister has just started using Frownies Facial Pads and seems to like the effect they are having on her skin. However, she says they do not contain any sort of lotion or skin product. Is that true? If so, how do they work?
Answer: Your sister is right. Frownies Facial Pads consist simply of a vegetable based adhesive on unbleached paper. They claim to work by retraining your facial muscles to return to their relaxed state and thus easing wrinkles. You apply the pads to your face by wetting the adhesive on the back and putting them on your problem areas while holding the skin smooth. They also advise that you massage the skin lightly to promote circulation before application. You keep them on for several hours, preferably overnight, and as often as you like. They say that you can see results as soon as the next day and that you should see lasting results within three weeks.
Frownies are produced by a group called B&P Company based in Dayton, OH. They say that they have been selling the facial pads since 1889. You probably have seen Frownies in your local drug store, but you can also buy them online directly from their website, which offers a 30-day money back guarantee. The website also shows several before and after pictures showing positive results and includes testimonials from satisfied customers and dermatologists, as well as many links to mentions in major press outlets. They do not offer evidence from clinical trials that support their claims.
If you do shop for an anti-wrinkle product in a health store, pharmacy or on the Internet, you’ll often find hundreds of different brands containing a confusing array of ingredients. You may be tempted to experiment with different products until you find one that works. But this approach may be expensive. More importantly, not all products contain the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively promote long-term improvements on the appearance of wrinkles and an overall healthy complexion. That’s why you’ll need to do a little bit of research to find the best, most potent brand for your needs.
Lee Mann, our respected health and beauty expert, did a fantastic review on wrinkle creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprising.