Does Face Taping Actually Reduce Wrinkles? Plus, Other Options
When I first heard about face taping to ease wrinkles, I figured it was another passing fad, but the hack has seemed to stick around and gain even more attention as of late.
It has even received expert approval: Below, a holistic plastic surgeon explains why face taping works and who can benefit most.
Does face taping help reduce wrinkles?
Face taping may help to ease wrinkle appearance, but not by smoothing them overnight (as many people think).
In the clip, Youn reacts to another video from content creator, @likalifestylee, sharing positive results from using the patches on her forehead lines.
The results from consistent use show less movement on the forehead area when the user raises her brows, hinting at a similar effect to Botox.
While they may not work like the aforementioned skin treatment, that doesn’t mean face taping is useless. In fact, tape can be extremely helpful for expression wrinkles, like those in the original video. “They can act as a reminder for you not to crinkle those muscles that create those lines,” Youn says.
The less often you move those facial muscles, the smoother your wrinkles will appear over time. That being said, they’re more beneficial for dynamic wrinkles than simply age-related fine lines.
However, be sure to test the tape on a small patch of skin before applying all over, just to ensure you don’t have sensitivity to the adhesives.
Other ways to encourage tighter skin
You don’t have to reduce your wrinkles at all, if they don't bother you. However, there are ways to encourage tighter skin far beyond patches, if that’s what you’re after—many of which can also benefit your overall skin health. Here are a few ideas:
- Supplements: Take a collagen supplement—here are some of our favorites if you’re not sure what to look for.
- Moisturizer: Don’t forget to wear moisturizer daily, as dry skin accentuates fine lines and wrinkles.
- Retinol: Incorporate retinol serums into your routine to trigger collagen production1 and smooth texture.
Using face tape may ease the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, because it helps encourage less movement on the face, thus alleviating the depth of those fine lines. So folks looking to tighten their skin from other kinds of fine lines (yes, there are multiple different types) should opt for other techniques—here are a few more to consider.
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including skin care, women’s health, mental health, sustainability, social media trends, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends and innovations, women’s health research, brain health news, and plenty more.