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How to stop your glasses from slipping

Having to deal with your glasses slipping down your nose can be really annoying. If your nose is oily or if you're exercising and sweaty, you probably have to adjust your glasses very frequently.

It doesn't take excessive oiliness or sweating to make your glasses slip. I can't advise you whether your skin is too oily or whether you're sweating too much, that's a dermatological diagnosis you're going to have to make together with your doctor. What I can offer are some tips on how to keep your glasses in place on your face.

Take your glasses to an optician

Take your glasses back to the optician so they fit better

The first thing you should consider doing if your glasses are slipping is to take them back to your optician. They were probably not adjusted properly and your optician can fix them for you, probably by tightening the arms or bending them to fit closer to your face.

Opticians usually adjust the earpieces and check the overall fit of your glasses before you leave out the door of the shop with them. It is important they fit your head and ears snugly.

You can also bend your glasses till they fit your face properly but this is not recommended if your pair of glasses is expensive or if they are delicate. It's generally better to just take them to the optician who can adjust them for you.

Taking your pair of glasses back to the optician may not be an option for some of you. Maybe the optician is far from were you stay or maybe you just don't have time to go. Not to worry. In the sections below, I discuss the options available to prevent your glasses from slipping if you can't take them back to the option to have them adjusted.

Ear Hooks

This is what I'd recommend if you're involved in active or competitive sports and can't afford your glasses slipping even if just for a bit. You may also want that little bit of extra reassurance that a physical solution like ear hooks can provide.

There are a couple of different types of ear hooks or temple tips that you can buy. They comes as thin strips, round temple tips or hooks that grip around the back of your ear.

MOLDERP Silicone Eyeglasses Temple Tips Sleeve Retainer

Round Temple Tips Sleeve Retainer
The MOLDERP circular eyeglass retainers are a popular choice
These round Temple Tips are a popular and cheap option especially if you're not using them for sports. They're stretchable and are designed to fit frame arms sizes from 0.2 to approximately 0.5 inch wide.

If you have struggled with a sore ear and temple because of how tight your glasses are, these temple tips will lift the frame of your glasses off your temples so they don't feel sore. Now you can wear glasses again without hating life. 

YR Soft Silicone Eyeglasses Temple Tips Sleeve Retainer

Sleek retainer for glasses to stop them from slipping
Sleek design help the YR retainers stay hidden behind the ears
The YR anti-slip retainers are probably the sleekest option out there if you're looking to stop your glasses from slipping. There will be no more pain behind the ear and the slim, anti-slip design is great for working, daily wear or outdoor activities.

The retainers are designed to fit arm frames from 0.15 to 0.4 inches wide so they may not be suitable for frames with thick arms.

Anti-Slip Glasses Ear Hook Grip

Traditional ear hooks for glasses
Traditional Ear Hooks or Temple Tips
Traditional silicone hooks are made to keep a tight grip on your glasses or shades so you can enjoy the moment without having to worry about your eyewear slipping down your nose or falling off your face constantly.

No need to feel self conscious while wearing the Anchor grips either because they're virtually impossible to see from the front of your face and so small in shape to see from the back of you

Making your own hook basically involves increasing friction between the parts of your face that come into contact with your face. Rubber coat the applicable areas, e.g. places touching the nose or ears.


Nerdwax adhesive stops glasses from slipping
Stop your glasses from slipping with Nerdwax - as seen on Shark Tank

This is something you may not have heard of. It's fairly new and was featured on the TV show, Shark Tank. Nerdwax is a a sticky, adhesive wax that can help you turn any pair of glasses into non-slip glasses.

They're an alternative to the anti-slip ear hooks and temple tips mentioned above. What's great about it is that it doesn't change the look or feel of your glasses unlike with ear hooks that are visible.

Nerdwax works by creating a layer of friction between your glasses and your skin, thus helping to keep them in place. Applying Nerdwax is pretty easy. You just have to wipe any oils off your glasses and apply the Nerdwax as you would a lip balm directly on the surfaces of your glasses that you would like to stay on.

The facial oils produced by your skin wears Nerdwax off and an application will typically remain sticky for an hour but can last up to 24 hours if you apply more wax. If the stickiness wears off, simply reapply.

Nerdwax advertises itself as being made from 'all-natural cosmetic grade ingredients' such as beeswax, coconut oil and gum rosin. While all the ingredients are approved for cosmetic use, as with any product that touches your skin, allergies are a possibility. It would be wise to spot test it on your hand or arm before it comes into contact with your face. Nerdwax isn't recommended if band-aids and fashion tape irritates your skin.

If you're looking for something to keep your glasses in place during exercise or sports, I wouldn't recommend Nerdwax. If you're sweating and temperatures are hot, the wax becomes thinner and less sticky. Better to have your glasses adjusted by the optician or get an ear hook.

Final Thoughts

With so many options available, you shouldn't have to put up with your glasses slipping all the time. Getting them adjusted by your optician should be the option you consider first. 

If that's a no go, then i'd recommend getting an anti-slip retainer like a hook, temple tip or sleeve. They're pretty inexpensive and it's really not worth the time making one yourself unless you have an interest in that sort of thing. 

Finally, there's the Nerdwax option if you just want the occasional reassurance and aren't using your glasses for sports.

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