Beauty heroes to help you smooth, fill and prevent frown lines - we think they're better than botox!
It’s true that when it comes to our skin, not all wrinkles are created equal. While a smattering of twinkly lines around the eyes can be quite charming and a sign of a life filled with laughter, frown lines (or ‘number 11s’ as you might know them) are not quite as welcome for most of us.
We know what you’re thinking – we said no needles, right? Despite appearances this cult ‘filler’ is actually a topical skincare serum, containing a super-potent blend of six hyaluronic acids (the skin plumping molecule which holds over 1000 times its weight in water) which you administer through this targeted, non invasive applicator. So you’re literally filling in lines. You can buy Fillerina in 3 ‘grades’ and you should see results in a fortnight – we say if you’re already seeing deep furrows, skip straight to 3.
The beauty industry’s answer to those old Hollywood forehead taping tricks, Realine’s Frown Line Patches fight forehead lines and creases with no more than a diamond of hypoallergenic sticky film. Pull your skin taut, pop on a patch and turn in for the night while your muscles undergo ‘retraining’ for a smoother appearance.
They say prevention is better than cure, and if you have ever woken up with a face that can only be described as ‘crumpled’ then you’ll know night-time damage prevention is key to beating frown lines. This silky pillowcase from Illuminage not only looks and feels fabulous, it also prevents all that night time creasing, so effectively future-proofs your face. It also helps with a little bit of the cure too, as it’s embedded with copper oxide fibres, which release ions as you sleep to boost skin’s natural renewal. Sweet dreams indeed.
The product that launched a thousand copycats, but Nanoblur is still the original and best skin-smoothing solution by our standards. Not to be confused with a primer, this velvety liquid can be smoothed on top of make-up, under it or be mixed with moisturiser to give skin an instantly soft-focus, smooth, plumped appearance. Yes it’s a quick fix, so it won’t make frown lines actually disappear, but they will certainly disappear to the eyes of your beholders, which is surely the next best thing?
If frown lines are seriously bothering you and you’re willing to invest some money and time to give them the heave-ho, then this is the way to do it. Lightstim uses a combination of LED lights to send signals to your skin to produce more collagen and elastin for a plumping effect. It only needs to be used for a few minutes each night, it’s not painful (relaxing and warm, actually) and most importantly, is backed up by clinical trials where 100% of participants saw an improvement in their lines after 8 weeks of use. An investment, but one that could well be worth making.