Keeping my glasses from slipping down my face is a constant battle. It’s a classic nerd trope that holds true, for me, and I’ve been losing the fight against gravity. But I’ve found some help in the form of Nerdwax.
Many people have no problem keeping their glasses in place; it depends entirely on your nose, your choice of frames, and perhaps the inherent oil slick of your skin. I’m partial to plastic frames with retro flair, but unfortunately, such frames prioritise aesthetic above function and lack those little rubber nose pads that hold metal frames in place. The lack of rubber grips combined with weighty plastic results in slippy spectacles, particularly during a humid, slick New York summer. Even if you don’t wear prescription lenses, the problem is even more common with sunglasses, which are often larger, weightier, and sometimes made from glossy plastic.
I recently bought new frames and found myself constantly having to re-assert their place atop my nose, adopting that classic nerd mannerism. The new frames’ constant slipping was annoying enough that I considered just switching back to my older pair. What could be done!
Nerdwax is simply a beeswax-based substance that you apply to beneath the nose-bridge area of the frames — the part where your glasses make contact with your nose. It has a mildly sticky, tacky feel that works to keep your glasses in place. It comes in a small tube like chapstick.
Does work? Yes, kind of. It helps.
Once a day, in the morning when I typically clean my lenses, I also rub a little wax beneath the nose-bridge. Not huge gobs of the stuff; it’s more like drawing a line with a soft crayon. It doesn’t glue your frames to your face but it does make them a little more grippy.
ungainly rubber nibsnose pads
Nerdwax started as a Kickstarter project in 2014 by Don Hejny and was later featured on Shark Tank. (Mr. Wonderful and Kevin both made offers, but Hejny and his wife ultimately declined.) But life goes on, as does the wax upon my glasses, and you can pick up a single tube for about ten bucks on Amazon. Alternatively, retailers like Queen B are stocking it, or you have have a look on eBay.
I still have to adjust my glasses quite often, but a little less often than before.