You may think this is an odd post on a site about men’s popularity and attractiveness, but in reality, it’s exactly what we’re about. While we teach a lot about personality, we also know the importance of physical looks in attraction and success, for both sexes. While there may be cultural pressure that taking care of your skin isn’t “manly,” the truth is that looking your best is extremely attractive.
“Frownies” are a product designed to smooth out wrinkles and lines on the face. They hypothetically work by holding the skin and facial muscles in place in a way that doesn’t scrunch the face up. Theoretically, if used over time, they train the facial muscles to work in a way that doesn’t create lines. Here are some official videos that show you how to apply them.
I bought some, but I thought the price was a little high. So, I decided to make some homemade ones, since they’re basically glue and paper. However, the homemade stuff requires a little work. If you don’t want to do the work, just go ahead and buy the Frownies outright.
If you want to make them yourself, you’ll need some scissors, gum arabic (aka acacia gum), and parcel paper (aka kraft paper). The products I have linked to above are the best prices that I have found on Amazon, and that I use myself.
Basically, you have to make the glue and then cut out the shapes.
Making The Glue
First, make glue out of the gum arabic. To do this, I suggest mixing two teaspoons of gum arabic to two tablespoons of hot water. Add some water to a cup and microwave it until it is boiling. The hot water will make the gum arabic dissolve a little better.
Add the gum arabic to the water and immediately stir vigorously with a whisk. It will gum up a little, but keep whisking until it dissolves nearly completely.
Then, heat up a cooking pot on the stove. Pour the liquid into the pan and let it heat up. Once it starts bubbling, let it bubble for about ten seconds, then turn off the heat and use a rubber scraper to scrape it into the container you will store it in. It should be a slightly gooey consistency.
If this doesn’t stick enough when you apply it to the paper, heat the solution again to make the solution thicker.
Cutting And Gluing The Paper
Then, cut out your own shapes from the parcel paper. You can base them on the original Frownies, or make your own shapes.
After you cut what you want, apply a thin coat of the gum arabic solution on your fingers and rub it on the paper. Make sure you spread it out evenly, so that every inch of the paper is covered with a thin layer. Then, let it dry just a little (for a second or two).
Then apply the paper to various areas of your face, like you would with Frownies.
I have found that it holds just as well, if not a little better, than the real thing.
So, there you have it. Personally, if you have the money, I say just buy the Frownies. They are easier and pre-cut. However, if you want the homemade option, this should work well.