Monday, April 30, 2012
Frownies is a product line created by The B & P Company which was started in 1889 and is located in Dayton, OH. The products use natural ingredients and focus on the mechanical side of skin damage and wrinkles meaning the lines and wrinkles formed by our everyday facial expressions. The products are designed to be used mostly at night while the skin is relaxed and susceptible to accepting treatment. While Botox is designed to paralyze the muscles under the skin, Frownies work to prevent the same movements Botox does in a natural way by mechanically preventing them from occurring and works in conjunction with topical creams, lotions, or gels to help penetrate active ingredients deep into the layers of the skin without injections or other harmful side effects. The products can be applied to any of the typical wrinkles of the face... on the forehead, over crow's feet, between the eyes, and there are even treatments for the fine lines around the mouth.
I was given the opportunity to try the Frownies Beautiful Eyes Gift Bag which included of course a carryall bag, Facial Patches for wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes, Eye Gels Under Eye & Eyelid Treatment, Rose Water Hydrator Spray (with Active Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid), and Immune Shield (40% Whole Vitamin E oil.)
I did not include another photo of the Rose Water Hydrator Spray since it is just a spray bottle and is already shown in the first photograph. One 59 ml. spray bottle retails at $10.95. This product is used to keep the eye gels moist and bacteria free as it contains many of the same ingredients as the gels, or as a pick-me-up sprayed directly onto the face. It is also used to wet the Facial Patches before application and then again to moisten them enough for safe removal from the skin.
My experience with these products are as follows: The facial patches of course work by encouraging a lack of facial movement and by not allowing moisture and other product benefits to escape the skin. The downside is that it takes a while to get used to having them adhered to the face which can make sleep uncomfortable for some. The pointy corners can also be a bit, well... pointy depending on where the patches are worn. I also found the adhesive to be a bit less forgiving coming off the skin than I had hoped even after using the Hydrator Spray at first and then also some water to moisten them. They come off a bit like pore strips, so anyone applying them in areas with any type of facial hair will definitely feel it. Because I understand that fines lines are often formed by our expressions over time I do understand that over time these patches would be beneficial by preventing this excess movement. In my opinion, the product would best be used during the daytime since that is when I would normally be making the unwanted facial expressions and would also allow me a better nights sleep. I also have the benefit of working from home and not having to see people every day so this isn't too inconvenient for me. Folks who are only able to wear these at night may not see results quickly unless their lines are caused by sleeping on their face, but I can understand that not everyone can wear these for a 3 hour minimum during the day.
The Eye Gels work for me the way most eye gels do. The coolness from being in the fridge helps with puffiness and it is just a nice way to relax and hide from the world for 30 minutes. They are quite pricey however, so for me I'd rather buy a type that is not disposable. These would make a lovely gift though for someone who enjoys treating themselves now and then.
The Immune Shield is extremely pricey, and you know how I feel about expensive products. It does roll on nicely and it is a thick oil in that it sits on the skin until you massage it in. I'm at an impasse on my feelings for this product. When it comes to treating over exposed skin I think I would prefer a much cheaper form of aloe. The rollerball does allow for easy application around the eye and mouth areas. I just don't know that at $59 it produces any results that an excellent $30 eye cream can't produce. Again, this would make a great gift if it is within your price range for someone who enjoys treating themselves to a luxury now and then. For me, I think I can find something more affordable and equally as affective. I suppose the debate would really come down to product ingredients and if you feel the ingredients in this product are natural enough and more natural than the ingredients in another product that also produces results. If the ingredients impress you then you may decide it's ultimately worth the cost.
The Rose Water Hydrator Spray is probably dupable. It does play an important factor in keeping the Eye Gels bacteria free however, and the price is equivalent to many other pick-me-up type facial sprays. For me, I would say that if you are going to use the Eye Gels repeatedly then you may as well pick up the Hydrator Spray just to be safe. In all other uses you are probably free to choose any type of spray you enjoy. Again it would make for a nice gift for someone unfamiliar with the product all in all.
As always I will continue to use these products and if my opinions change over time I will keep you updated accordingly. I have enjoyed my experience with these products as they are unusual in comparison to other products currently on the market.
For more information visit frownies.com or call 1-800-648-6891
Thank you to BeautyStat for the opportunity to review these products.