When I was young, my Mom used to always tell me off for frowning without even knowing it. She said that due to having a protruding brow line and my father having deep frown lines I was a big Frowning Mary candidate. But my 12-year old self then was more interested in playing with my Barbie Dolls and giving them experimental haircuts. Fast-forward through thirteen years, which was about a year ago, with my much older self frowning at the mirror, wondering when I first got that faint curved line along the inner side of my left eyebrow. Well, what do you know– I finally got that frown line!
Relaxing the Muscles
Fortunately, my frown line had just started forming when I first discovered it. It was probably more of a stress line than a wrinkle. It had not left any permanently deep crease yet although there was already a faint line forming and very slight drooping of the muscle. And usually, since frown lines are considered expression lines, the conventional albeit non-natural way to get rid of them is through Botox which relaxes the muscles. But Botox wasn’t and still isn’t an option for me, especially at my age. I’m just about to cross my mid-20’s in a couple of days. But its general concept of relaxing the surrounding muscles to prevent or hide dynamic wrinkles gave me an idea on how I could possibly prevent mine from getting worse.
A Simple Massage
What I do is to simply massage my brow line during my morning and night time skincare routine, focusing on the round muscles at the inner corner of my brows that protrude whenever I frown.
REMEMBER: Types of facial massage that involve pulling of the skin and facial muscles, should only be done on properly moisturized skin.
Step 1. I concentrate on the round muscles that once overused, cause curved folds and lines underneath the inner corners of the eyebrows. I use my middle finger for this and I massage both sides at the same time and apply a comfortable yet firm level of pressure–as with the following steps below.
Step 2. As mentioned on the illustration below, I sort of stretch the muscle and the skin outwards from the spot above the center of my brow line which is susceptible to another type of frown lines, the “Number 11”. Just like step 1, the movement should only be outwards and never inwards or the massage will yield the opposite effect. I do this for around 5 times. The routine can already stop here but if you want to take it a step further you can proceed with Step #3.
Step 3 (optional). If you are familiar with the basic detox lymphatic massage that makes use of the lymph channel that passes through the side of your neck, you can incorporate Step #3. I was inspired by the Tanaka Massage and thought that this would further enhance the effects of my simple massage routine. All you have to do is continue from where you left off in Tip#2 which is on your temples. From there, use all four fingers/entire hand to do a straight sweeping motion, passing the front of your ear, down to your neck and then to your collar bone. This will help drain the toxins and water retention pulled out from doing massage steps #1 and #2.
Whenever I feel my frown muscles tensing anytime during the day, usually when I’m in front of my computer, I do Step #1 to help me release the tension from my brow muscles. Unless you’re worried about smudging your makeup, Step #1 and Step #2 are relatively safe to do even without prior moisturization. Step #3, however, requires clean and freshly moisturized skin.
Prevention Is Better than Cure
Although I must admit that I don’t do this massage as regularly as I used to, I still try to do it at least once a day or during days when I’m spending extra time at work. If like me, your job entails a lot of computer work, you might also want to stop keeping that “computer face” or you might get yourself more than frown lines in the future.
This simple massage routine miraculously got rid of my impending frown line. Aside from that, it also made my eyes appear gentler and kinder as I don’t seem to frown unconsciously as much as I used to. Unfortunately, I don’t think this massage technique will work on existing deep frown wrinkles. It might only help ease the muscle tension enough to minimally lighten the appearance and prevent the frown lines from worsening too fast.
Are you also suffering from frown lines?
Or off-topic, do you think guys with a bit of frown lines seem sexier? Haha!