OK. So, I’ve heard that women, as young as 18 years old, are being encouraged to get Botox. Dermatologist claim that paralyzing facial muscles, at a young age, will prevent the habitual, repetitive facial expressions, that cause facial wrinkles and creases.
(I just picture a typical teenage girl, screaming at her mother, and the girl has absolutely no facial expression. I’m frightened.)
Anyway, my most common, repetitive facial expression, which will soon be forever etched in my face, if I’m not careful, is the “Whatca talkin bout Willis?” look.
I often make this expression in meetings and apparently, no one finds it cute, like they did, when Gary Coleman did it.
This logic (if you can call it that) then led me to the topical muscle relaxant- Tiger Balm. (The cream version, in the tube, doesn’t smell super strong, like the one in the jar does.)
The active ingredients in Tiger Balm Muscle Rub are Menthol and Camphor. Menthol contains pain-killing properties and induces a cooling sensation. Camphor creates heat, which rushes blood to the area and numbs it. Numbs it? You mean temporarily paralyzes it? Fabulous.
I tried putting the tiniest dab of Tiger Balm Cream on the crease between my brows. Within seconds, the muscles there relaxed and the line was gone. I’m not kidding. (I mean it’s not like I have a super deep line or anything, but it was definitely there and then it wasn’t.)
The muscle numbing effect lasts for around 4 hours at best (not bad for a date or job interview), but by using it every day, for a week, I figure it’ll help break my habitual muscle-creasing pattern.
I now wear Frownies at night and then I apply a dab of Tiger Balm to my “brow cleavage” (I’ll make this part of the American vernacular if it kills me) on days when my facial expressions are acting up.
(I try to use only a tiny dab, as infrequently as possible- wouldn't want it to seep into my brain or anything.)
Thanks, Tiger Balm. Now, I can attend a meeting, without worrying that I'm going to be fired after it.