TikTok is wild. It seems like every week there is a new must-have skincare product or hack that claims to save your skin and give you that “healthy IT girl” glow. This week, it seems like silicone patches are all the rave.
There are tons of silicone patch brands out there – Frownies, Wrinkles Schminkles, Silc Skin, Pacifica – the list goes on. There are also off-brand versions you can find on Amazon for fairly cheap. The patches vary in size and shape depending on the area of concern you’d like to target ranging from forehead to décolleté.
With so many options for under $20, I figured why not give them a try? After trying out a silicone patch on my forehead, I honestly don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else.
What are Silicone Patches?
Silicone patches are exactly what the name implies – patches cut in specific shapes for the face and chest that are made of medical-grade silicone. Most patches are also made with a latex-free, hypoallergenic adhesive to help the patch stick to the skin while you wear them.
Silicone, or a version of it called Dimethicone, has been used in skincare and cosmetic products for decades, and is considered safe for most people according to The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. It’s what gives a lot of cult-favorite makeup primers (Smashbox Photo Finish, e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer, etc.) their silky smooth texture.
But in the case of silicone patches, manufacturers use only 100% high-quality, medical-grade silicone to sit over the skin, not necessarily on top of it. Kind of like a band-aid for wrinkles!
Why Do Silicone Patches Work for Wrinkles?
Why is medical-grade silicone so great for fine lines and wrinkles? First, the silicone helps trap and retain moisture in the skin. It can also help lock in any skincare treatments or products you apply before using the patch, which helps the ingredients penetrate more deeply into the skin. Plus, the patches don’t allow for airflow to the skin, which then pulls the skin’s natural moisture to the surface, creating a plumping effect.
Second, silicone patches increase the amount of blood flow to the area in which they are applied, which promotes collagen production in the skin. Collagen is the protein that helps keep our skin looking smooth and healthy. As we age, our skin naturally produces less collagen, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging.
Benefits of Silicone Patches
Silicone patches are a great option if you are pregnant, or are sensitive to retinol products! Women who are pregnant are advised against the use of synthetic vitamin A (retinoids), as it can lead to miscarriage, early delivery, or birth defects. Those with sensitive skin who may struggle to incorporate retinol into their routine may also benefit from silicone patches. Both silicone patches and retinol work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but silicone patches come with a lower risk of irritation or “retinol burn.”
Additionally, if you’re like me and cannot receive cosmetic injectables or fillers like Botox due to keloid scarring, silicone patches are a great alternative.
Another added benefit? Most silicone patch brands manufacture their patches to be reusable, so you save money AND reduce waste!
While there are a ton of silicone patch brands on the market, I ended up purchasing the Pacifica Reusable Brow Mask — mostly because it had a cute design and it came with a storage tin, so I didn’t have to worry about debris or bacteria getting stuck to my patch in between uses.
After going through my nighttime skincare routine, I waited about 15 minutes to let my products settle in before applying the patch. The patch was much stickier than I initially thought it would be, but I’m an aggressive sleeper, so that actually turned out to be necessary. The patch was also fairly comfortable to wear; I almost forgot I had it on while I slept.
In the morning after I took the patch off, my forehead felt TIGHT and almost no visible wrinkles (unless you got up really close) were left. The extreme tightness eventually faded as the day went on, but my skin still looked smooth and fine line free, especially under makeup. Clean-up was super easy too. After I took off the patch, I simply rinsed it under some water, patted it dry, and returned the patch to its (adorable) storage tin.
I’ll give it to TikTok – they were right again. I totally see the hype over silicone patches on the skin, especially if retinoids or injectables are out of the question for you. Just make sure that when purchasing, you find a brand that uses 100% high-quality, or medical-grade silicone in their patches.