As the years go by, our appearance changes. Sometimes the change is barely noticeable and sometimes it’s a little more dramatic.
I keep feeling like the years are not being kind to me but when I look back at photos that are 10 or 15 years old, I become aware that I really haven’t changed all that much.
I have a few age lines, very few actual wrinkles but the thing that has bothered me a little for the last few decades are my jowls. That droopiness in the cheeks beside my mouth.
I had read about how to minimize the look of jowls, had discussed it with a makeup professional and learned the basics of using the medical tape solution. But getting the effect “just right” was always a challenge.
So at a recent conference I attended, the topic came up in casual discussion. A friend (thanks Cynthia!) recommended a product called Secret Lift so I thought I’d give it a try. “Easy to use and very adjustable” she said.
Her suggested supplier was Cosmesearch. Upon investigating, I discovered they had two versions. The “original” and the “pro” version. I ordered the original, and in a shade for those of us with dark hair.
Secret Lift is basically two elasticized face-lifting bands with barbs on the ends and a hook to connect both sides and a bunch of adhesive tapes with a hole for the barbs. There is also a single lifting band for the neck.
How It Works
While looking at yourself in a mirror, place your index fingers on your cheeks just in front of your ears and gently push your cheek back or up. Note the effect. Move your fingers up and down, forward or back and watch the changes to your overall face. This is basically what Secret Lift does.
I spent a minute or two trying to determine my sweet spot while looking in the mirror. That sweet spot is the spot on my cheek that will give me the most flattering look when pushed back a little.
Once I found that spot, I wiped the area with rubbing alcohol to remove any lotions or skin oil that might negatively affect the adhesive tapes. Before attaching the tapes, I pushed the barbed end of each of the two lifting bands through the small hold in the tab part of the tape. Next I peeled the backing off the tapes and pressed them to my face in the spot I had previously determined to work best. Getting the tapes in the right spot with the lifting band attachment tabs pointing in the right direction wasn’t easy for me and will likely become easier with practice. I think I was very close on my very first attempt.
As instructed, I pressed firmly and rubbed the tapes for 30 seconds. I didn’t connect the lifting bands together to attain the lift just yet. Instead I went ahead and did most of my makeup. When I was almost done, I pulled the lifting bands together at the top of my head and noted the effect it had on my face.
Pulling too tight looked gave my face a stretched look; not tight enough minimized the effect, but somewhere in between I found the right amount of tension.
Wig cap, wig over the lifting bands and a quick touch-up to my foundation and powder and I was all set.
How did I look? I looked marvelous! It really did knock a few years off my appearance!
The manufacturer’s short instructional video can be found here.
Now I didn’t go into great detail about the lifting band connection but suffice to say the bands are easy to connect and there’s a lot of adjustment.
The kit also contains a lifting band for a neck/jaw lift. I’ll try that at some point too and will report back to you on it’s benefit.
That first day, I wore Secret Lift for about 5 hours and was mostly indoors in a very controlled climate. The next time I used it was while attending an outdoor garden party. It was a very warm day and I was outside into the evening; about 9 hours in total, and the bands stayed where I put them and there was no issues with the adhesive.
I removed the adhesive tabs when I got home and they had been quite kind to my skin.
The cost of the kit was around $20 including shipping from their Amazon checkout. The kits included three lifting bands (two for the face and one for the neck) and 40 adhesive tapes. So that’s 20 wearings when using it for the face only. Tape refills are $12.95 for 40.
Although the product sheet shows women with their hair pulled back wearing Secret Lift, I can’t comment on how detectable the adhesive tapes would be. But for a shaggy, hair-in-the-face girl like me, no one would have ever suspected I was wearing it. And it’s comfortable. After 10 minutes, I really wasn’t aware it was there working it’s magic.
Just how perceptible was my overall change created by Secret Lift? When I came down from my makeup room, my darling spouse raised her eyebrows and gave me a “wow! You look fabulous!”