December 04, 2023
Wanting to get rid of wrinkles is nothing new—but using office tape as an anti-aging trick has recently surged in popularity. Face taping has been hailed as a way to create an immediate facelift effect to potentially prevent future wrinkles. Not convinced?
Keep reading to learn more about face taping and my opinion on it from an esthetician standpoint.
From TikTok to the red carpet, face taping has been making headlines as a new way to improve the appearance of wrinkles... but it's actually a method that's been popular for decades. Face taping is precisely what it sounds like. You apply tape to an area where you want to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, like your forehead or under your eyes. Pulling it taut creates a lifted effect and smoothes out the skin.
On TikTok, you might see people using simple Scotch tape to create a facelift effect, following several methods. You can use tape and a string to create a lifted look around your eyes and cheeks. After applying a piece of tape on each temple, you pull the string taut behind your head and cover the string with your hair.
Another technique is using the tape to smooth out wrinkles by taping over any facial lines you're concerned about. For this kind of face taping, there are actually
products on the market that harness the power of skin taping through stick-on patches. Most of these are designed to be worn at night, constructing muscle movement while sleeping. This practice is believed to help prevent new wrinkles from forming and make existing lines smoother.
As mentioned above, face taping has been used for decades, especially by professional and special effects makeup artists. Some makeup artists are launching their brands of facelifting tapes, similar to thin medical-grade tape. These tapes are gentler than your household scotch tape. So, if you want to try face taping, get your hands on a high-quality tape that won't damage the top layer of your skin.
When you think of DIY aging routines, face taping seems like a very appealing option. It's extremely low-cost and yields almost immediate results. However, it's not an effective long-term anti-aging technique. It's like putting a band-aid on something as a temporary fix rather than treating the root cause. The tape can also irritate your skin, especially in sensitive areas like under the eyes.
While I don't recommend face taping for anti-aging techniques, when applied correctly, it can give your face a more "snatched," lifted look for short periods—like that upcoming class reunion or your daughter's wedding.
Fortunately, there are plenty of more effective at-home anti-aging techniques and in-office treatments. Non-invasive options like laser therapy and chemical peels can be highly effective, as can maintaining a skincare regimen that works for you. A great anti-aging serum is critical. The NeoGenesis Skin Serum is one of my holy grail products, as I've seen great results in my and my clients' skin.
If you're looking for something other than anti-aging lotions and serums, consider
adding a device, like a microcurrent tool, to your at-home routine. This small but mighty gadget can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and increase collagen and elastin production (which can help prevent future wrinkles from forming!). You'll notice a difference in face, neck, and décolleté in about two weeks of use,
If you're hoping for near-instant results, options like injections (think Botox or Dysport) could be for you. While the effects of Botox and fillers do wear off over time, they're a less invasive and extremely effective alternative to more drastic procedures, like a facelift.
It can be tempting to fall for the latest fad—especially when it's all you see on social media. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, focus on pursuing a skincare routine backed by science and recommended by a trusted esthetician. And don't forget that consistency is a significant part of any effective skincare routine. Simple things like applying SPF daily can impact your skin's long-term health and appearance.
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