Honest Frownies Facial Patches Review

If you’re looking for a full review of Frownies Facial Patches you’re in the right place! I heard amazing things about these miracle patches and wanted to try them for myself.

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In this post, I’ll share my honest review of Frownies Facial Patches, and everything you need to know about this product.

This article will cover:

  • Everything you need to know about Frownies Facial Patches
  • How to apply Frownies Facial patches & use instructions
  • How to remove Frownies Facial Patches
  • My honest experience with using Frownies Facial Patches

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I’ve been getting Botox for over a decade and when I became pregnant last year I realized I need a good alternative that will keep my forehead wrinkles in check while I’m unable to do any injectables. I was also questioning if injectables are something I’m still interested in since I’ve started leaning toward the scrunchy (sorta crunchy) life. I’ve tried facial massage, gua sha, and silicon patches, and decided to give Frownies a try. I’ve seen them all over TikTok and Instagram, and have a few friends that use them and swear by them. So I bought a box and started testing them.

Using frownies facial patches to get rid of set lines
These are my set lines I was trying to lighten with Frownies

Everything you need to know about Frownies facial patches

Frownies Facial Patches are non-invasive wrinkle-reducing patches worn while you sleep or for a minimum of three hours. Frownies act to form a cast, holding the facial muscles flat, and preventing expressions that cause wrinkles. They also release tension in the muscles which helps to smooth existing lines.

Apparently, they have been around since 1889! They’re made in the USA and are pregnancy-safe. They come with 144 patches in a box and cost around $25.

Frownies facial patches
Frownies facial patches

How long will it take for Frownies to start making a difference on your wrinkles?

If the expression lines on your forehead are faint you may see results quickly, but Frownies recommends everyone start by wearing Frownies for 30 consecutive days (wear them at night while you sleep). Consistent use is necessary in order to retrain the facial muscles. 

After the first 30 days, you can reevaluate and decide if you need to continue wearing them nightly or if you are able to wear them less often (a few nights a week). It will be different for everyone depending on how expressive you are, how deep your lines were to start, skin type, and age.

What a Frownies Facial patches made of?

They’re made of natural weighted unbleached Kraft paper with water-activated starch-based adhesive. Frownies Facial Patches are clinically tested and dermatologist-recommended through third-party testing to be hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and suitable for sensitive skin

How to apply Frownies Facial Patches

  • Wash your face
  • Apply your skincare (yes, Frownies can be applied over skincare! Just make sure it has time to absorb before you apply the Frownies)
  • Open your Frownies and separate a few of the patches. Place them on your forehead to see how many you’ll need. They should overlap a little.
  • Get your finger wet and apply water to the shiny side of the patches. Lay them down and let them dry for around 30 seconds. Once the edges start curling they’re ready to apply.
  • Massage your skin before application
  • Separate your skin as you apply the patches. Make sure wrinkles are spread apart.
  • Once you apply the patches, continue to press on them until they adhere to the skin. It helps to hold them down for about 15-20 seconds once you have them on.
  • Repeat until all of your wrinkles are covered

Some more application tips

Frownies recommends applying the first patch in between the brows and then extending out from there; covering the full forehead from the eyebrows to the hairline and from hairline to hairline side to side. They say that this is the most effective application technique whether you have only eleven lines, forehead lines, or both. The facial muscles are connected and in order to relax the muscles and smooth the lines you want to cover the full forehead until you achieve the results you are looking for.

However, my friend only wears one patch right on her elevens and says it works just fine for her. I say experiment to find what works for you!

How to remove Frownies facial patches

I saw so many reviewers talking about how painful their patches were to remove, I was scared to try it! I found a few great recommendations for removal.

  1. Use your hands to apply warm water over the patches while you gently slide another wet finger under the patches and push them off.
  2. If you are someone who showers in the morning you can get in the shower with them on and the warm water and steam will help dissolve the adhesive.
  3. If you like to work out in the morning you can leave your Frownies on during their workout and sweat them off!

Regardless of how you remove them, be patient, go slowly, and be gentle with removal.

My experience using Frownies Facial Patches…

The first night I put them on I was so excited I didn’t really follow their instructions and I really struggled. Since I don’t have that many deep wrinkles I didn’t think I’d need to cover my entire forehead. I put 4 patches on- one between my 11s and 3 on my forehead but it didn’t work very well for me. I decided to watch the full tutorial and try again the next night.

One thing I will note, the patches smell bad- like a wet dog. So if you’re sensitive to smells like I am, be prepared. The fragrance lasts about 15 minutes but you definitely need to wash your hands because it lingers on them.

The second night I followed the instructions and covered my entire forehead. It takes a lot longer than my standard nighttime skincare routine. Adds at least 10 minutes. The corners started lifting but I decided to leave them and see how my results were in the morning.

My results were great! I definitely noticed a difference in my more permanent wrinkles, and my forehead wasn’t moving nearly as much as usual!

The third night I applied them ok but the side wouldn’t stay down so I pulled on it and the entire cast came off. I had to reapply all new patches.

Frownies facial patch review
The patches just wouldn’t stay on!

This continued every night I applied them. One side would lift, and the middle wouldn’t be pressed down enough even though I held it for a while. Over and over until I finally gave up after 14 days.

I’m not sure if I have an oddly shaped forehead or what, but Frownies just doesn’t work for me. They aren’t worth the frustration.

My experience with removing the Frownies facial patches:

It wasn’t bad, probably because they were never on enough to make it an issue. Sometimes I’d have to get them wet and go slowly on a few of the patches, other times they’d slide right off.

My final thoughts on Frownies Facial Patches

Overall I believe Frownies can work but they were really frustrating for me. I just don’t see myself applying these regularly enough to see results.

I did find a great Frownies alternative on Amazon that I’ve been testing and I prefer them! They have a sticky adhesive on the back so you don’t need to do the whole get them wet process. They stay on really well and are easy to remove.

Have you tried any wrinkle-reducing products or procedures? I’d love to hear your experience!

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