Maybe you’re unable to get to your aesthetician for Botox appointments due to social distancing. Maybe you’re curious about cosmetic injections but prefer a treatment you can do at home — or without needles. Whatever the case, there are a lot of beauty products on the market right now that can be used as Botox alternatives to aid in wrinkle treatment and fine lines.
Botulinum toxin, which is administered by certified medical professionals in the form of Botox injections, is used both to treat and prevent facial wrinkles by paralyzing muscles underneath the skin. Common targets include fine lines on the forehead, frown lines (also called “the elevens”) and crow’s feet. Once a taboo topic, female and male celebrities alike now talk openly about their injections — Kelly Ripa even filmed a recent Botox appointment for her Instagram Stories.
Lines and wrinkles are a completely natural part of aging, caused in part by reduced collagen production and loss of elastin in the skin. While some choose to embrace (or simply don’t care about!) their wrinkles, others look for ways to reduce the appearance of aging. If Botox is off the table, even just for now, we’ve found some stellar products that can mimic its effect by smoothing, plumping, blurring, brightening, lifting and other magic-like tricks through powerful ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.
Injections no more — and wrinkles no more! This powerful skin care treatment tingles a little as it works its magic. Its neuropeptides relax facial areas that need it, while magnesium and adenosine soften the appearance of fine lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. It’s worth noting that in a self-assessment test conducted on 25 volunteers, 100% reported that the skin around their eyes had a more lifted appearance after just 15 minutes of using this cream.
The high-end Eve Lom Cleanser was described by Vogue as “worth every penny.” This cleanser can be used on all skin types and deep cleans (without drying) while exfoliating, toning and improving circulation — and it’s on sale for a limited time at LookFantastic.
Wish list item! La Mer’s pricey but powerful eye treatment delivers faster everything: brightening and strengthening of the skin, smoothing of lines and wrinkles, and soothing of the under eye area. In a sensory test conducted by a third party, the concentrate was shown to reduce aging signs in 21 days after participants used the product twice per day for four weeks.
This affordable lightweight serum uses glycerin to smooth and moisturize lines and wrinkles, while reflecting pigments form a light-diffusing cushion. The result is a younger, healthier-looking complexion — all without fillers. (You can also use it on your neck!)
Sunday Riley’s Bright Young Thing Set includes Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream and C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. A trio of Sunday Riley’s advanced formulas that help fight the appearance of dark spots, discolorations, fine lines and aging to reveal clear skin.
Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum by Olga Lorencin is a lightweight serum that gently exfoliates while providing skin with massive amounts of hydration so the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines are reduced. This formula can be used alone as a hydrator for more oily complexions or under your moisturizer for normal to dry skin types.
Re-create Sarah Chapman’s world famous Skinesis facial at home with the Skinesis Overnight Facial. This silky serum is enriched with the anti-aging complex Renovage, vitamins A and C, and omega oils to smooth, balance and refresh your skin overnight.
If you’re new to Lancer Skincare, we highly recommend trying the Method range with this intro kit. Dr. Lancer’s bestselling three-step regimen features the Polish, Cleanse and Nourish products to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize the skin, helping with a range of skincare concerns from breakouts and dullness. The Method line is available in options for normal-combination skin (pictured here), sensitive-dehydrated skin and oily-congested skin.
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment deeply exfoliates the surface of your skin to reveal radiance, clarity and a youthful glow. This super-concentrated treatment plumps the look of fine lines and wrinkles on your face in three minutes.
Patyka’s Advanced Plumping Serum is a certified organic option that uses a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to firm skin, fill in fine lines and revive natural collagen production. This bottle will last a long time — you only need to apply a few drops at a time.
Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro is an LED wearable device that targets and treats wrinkles and the common signs of aging. The LED device smooths out fine lines balance discoloration, wrinkles and redness. Expect to see noticeable results within two weeks.
The Strivectin Power Starters Tightening Trio contains Tightening Face Serum, Tightening Eye Serum and Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus. These three products visibly tighten, lift and firm your neck while toning the look of your fine lines and firming, tightening and revitalizing the skin around your eyes.
If your skin is looking dull and needs a refresh, the Caviar Lime Acid Peel — a Victoria Beckham staple — is the solution. This wash-off peel boasts 10% glycolic acid and caviar lime along with 10% phytic acid to resurface the skin for a brighter, radiant complexion. It also has stabilized retinol to help with lines and wrinkles. This product is an anti-aging essential.
The Clinique Smart Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer – Revolumize is formulated to achieve a plumped look by combining three different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid. You should apply where needed (or your full face) twice a day on face, neck and décolletage where you see a loss of volume.
Tula’s 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream is perfect for combination skin — its filled with probiotics, superfoods, watermelon fruit extract and squalene to deeply hydrate and firm skin. Stuff it’s not filled with? Parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehydes, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, triclosan, retinol or gluten.
Dermatologist to the stars Dr. Erno Laszlo treated radiant style icons like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. His namesake line’s Firmarine Lift Essence Lotion Anti-Aging Essence lifts the skin thanks to a blend of botanical extracts and spirulina maxima extract. The firming gel formula glosses over wrinkles, bounces light away from the face and is a quick fix for smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and help your body repair damaged cells. This serum from Miranda Kerr’s organic beauty line is chock-full of it (and is especially good for fading dark spots), while its sodium hyaluronate helps to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Kate Somerville Ageless Icons Set contains a full-size Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum and ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. To use this dynamic duo: Apply the serum twice a day to your face, eyes and neck, after gently cleansing the skin. The exfoliating treatment should be used once or twice a week, either morning or night.
Approved by Goop and radiant actresses like Olivia Wilde and Laura Dern, True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil contains a blend of natural ingredients like pomegranate and grapeseed oils that fight free radicals and reduce signs of aging. If you have breakout-prone skin, try Clear Pure Radiance Oil; if you have sensitive skin, try the Calm version.
First Aid Beauty’s FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum is safe for sensitive skin. This serum combines retinol and polypeptides to help soften the look of wrinkles and fine lines with ingredients including hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, aloe, colloidal oatmeal, allantoin and ceramides.
Physicians Formula’s Plump Potion Needle-Free Lip Plumping provides instant lip plumping effect for the look of fuller lips with no lip injections required. Hyaluronic Acid is used for moisture that penetrates to fill in the look of fine lines in your lips.
The comprehensive Eva Naturals Facelift in a Bottle 3-in-1 Anti-Aging Set contains a retinol serum, a vitamin C serum and an eye gel. This trio is formulated to reduce wrinkles, fade dark spots and treat under-eye bags and dark circles.
If you’re looking for an eye-specific product, this treatment contains eight forms of hyaluronic acid and three forms of collagen to tackle crow’s feet. The applicator is shaped like a fingertip; use it to gently massage into the delicate area around your eyes. Fillerina has an extensive anti aging skin care collection that targets eyes, lips and mouth with varying strengths.
Expression lines and wrinkles from your pillow — yep, we get them too — are no match for this innovative patch, which uses medical grade silicone to compress and smooth your brow line with near-instant results. You can wear it while you sleep or for a few hours while you’re working from home. According to SiO Beauty’s clinical studies, regular use can even prevent new lines from forming while wearing the patch.
This firming overnight mask gives “sleep tight” a whole new meaning. A combination of peptide water, shape-memory and oat-derived polymers, and collagen work together to firm up the skin and improve facial contours. It’s appropriate for all skin types, but especially if you need an extra shot of moisture. Use this two or three times a week while you get your beauty rest.