Beauty

Botox Scaries Got You Down? Use These Alternatives

Injectables are so last year.

2,111 Hypes

Botox Scaries Got You Down? Use These Alternatives

Injectables are so last year.

Nowadays it feels like you can only scroll so far online without running into conflicting advice and questions about how to improve the appearance of your skin: Baby Botox or preventative Botox? Which celebrities have done buccal fat removal? Am I too young for filler?!

So, if you too have ended up in one too many TikTok black holes about navigating the changing elasticity of your face and body or even videos about whether or not it’s totally passe to discuss wrinkles at all — listen up and listen well.

We spoke to Dr. Emma Horton, skincare expert and founder of online dermatology service Uncouth, to get the 411 on why we get wrinkles and what ingredients we can use to improve their appearance sans botox; which, FYI, has an average effect duration of 12-16 weeks.

Scroll below to read Hypebae’s guide to improving skin firmness, without injectables.

@yszwnska How low maintenance is too low maintenace yk? #sephorakids #drunkelephantskincare #skincareviral #antiaging #antiagingskincare ♬ original sound – YOLA 🩰

So, why do we even get wrinkles?

According to Dr. Emma Horton, “Wrinkles develop primarily due to the natural aging process, as the skin gradually loses its elasticity and collagen production decreases over time.” Why is this an issue you say? Well “Collagen provides structural support to the skin, maintaining its firmness and resilience, while elastin allows the skin to stretch and bounce back.” explains Horton.

Does my diet or lifestyle make me more susceptible to wrinkles?

The answer to this is both yes and no (but mostly yes), explains Dr. Horton, who advises that overall “The main two lifestyle factors to look out for are excessive UV exposure – cough cough Mrs Kardashian with the sunbed – and smoking.”  She continues by adding, “Smoking promotes the release of enzymes that break down collagen which can subsequently lead to more wrinkles.”

What alternatives treatments can we use rather than Botox to reduce wrinkles?

“One of the most important things is wearing an SPF.” says Dr. Horton. “Regular use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 can help minimize sun damage and reduce the risk of developing wrinkles.” If that wasn’t enough for you then Topical retinoids, for example the prescription-strength retinoid tretinoin, can stimulate collagen production, helping to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Now that you’ve heard from the expert, here are some of our favorite product alternatives and treatment options.

TULA Pro-Ferm™ Overnight Complex

TULA Skincare
Pro-Ferm Overnight Complex
$61 USD
TULA TULA  

Think of your favorite eye cream, but in overdrive. This overnight eye treatment works to combat the look of fine lines and wrinkles, by hydrating and replenishes the delicate skin around eyes while you sleep with botanical retinol alternatives. For those of us with sensitive skin, Pro-Ferm™ overnight complex is also formulated soothing chamomile to help soothe things along.

Naturium Retinaldehyde Cream Serum

Natruium
Retinaldehyde Cream Serum
$40 USD
Space NKSpace NK 

Trust the internet’s new favorite all over skincare brand to also be the brains behind one of one of the most accessible retinol options on the market right now. The creamy serum is formulated with sustained-release retinaldehyde, making it a unique, next-generation retinol that works to visibly address the look of fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture. Buy now, thank us later.

111 Skin Repair Serum NAC Y²

111 Skin
Repair Serum NAC Y2
$157 USD
111 Skin111 Skin 

111Skin and its Repair Serum NAC Y² has become the stuff of beauty legends over the past few years but make no mistake, the results you’ll get from using this product are far from fantasy. As it’s a real “do it all serum,” this offering from 111 Skin, works to hydrate and nourish skin as well as crucially, accelerate cellular repair by boosting glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant, so its ability to reduce fine lines is a given.

Nakery Beauty’s LIFT-TOX Multi-Power Firming Rich Cream

Nakery Beauty
Lift-Tox Multi-Power Firming Rich Cream
$44 USD
Nakery BeautyNakery Beauty 

This multi-powered formula infused with (deep breath) SepiLift, Vegetable Collagen, Argrilene, Pentavitin, two types of Vitamin C, Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Matrixyl 3000 is the perfect option for anyone looking for a AM/PM skin nourishing option that actively supports skin in the natural process of aging.

Erborian Skin Therapy Oil

Erborian
Skin Therapy Oil
$65 USD
ErborianErborian 

Using actives and treatments to improve fine lines and wrinkles may be a choice, but having dry dehydrated skin no matter your skincare routine certainly isn’t. This K-Beauty brand’s potent overnight oil features 17 plant extracts in oil that work to improve seven aspects of skincare, including bamboo to moisturize and maintain skin hydration, fermented yuzu to encourage a more even tone and red pepper to improve the skin’s natural radiance.

Coco & Eve Daily Water Gel SPF50

Coco $ Eve
Daily Water Gel SPF50
$28 USD
Coco & EveCoco & Eve 

Use your SPF everyday! This is not a threat but a promise of supple, healthy skin without the sensitivities that UV exposure — remember what Dr. Horton said about that? Coco & Eve might have made its name as a go to for textured hair but they make a pretty good SPF, too.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliant Cleanser

Murad
AHA/BHA Exfoliant Cleanser
$57 USD
MuradMurad 

We know, we know physical exfoliants have been on the naughty step for a few years, however, there are a few exceptions to rule. In this instance it’s Murad’s cleverly formulated chemical and physical exfoliation cleanser which works to help clear dull, dry skin from the surface for a fresher appearance and to improve penetration of treatment ingredients that follow. Use 2-3 times a week and bask in your skin.

iS Clinical Retinol+ Emulsion

iS
Clincial Retinol+ Emulsion
$157 USD
iSiS 

Yes, another retinol because we are big fans of the stuff over here. This is the very cleverly formulated Retinol+ Emulsion from one of the best in the skin game, uses encapsulated bio-identical lipids in order to ensure the nourishing form of retinol is easily delivered to your skin. That and it also protects against the effects free radicals and pollutants, what’s not to love?

CurrentBody LED Light Therapy Face Mask

CurrentBody
LED Light Therapy Face Mask
$375 USD
CurrentBodyCurrentBody 

Although the look of this mask when worn feels like the stuff of nightmares, make no mistake the Currentbody mask is most definitely the stuff of skincare dreams. The mask emits Red light waves that accelerate the production of new collagen, calms redness while creating an even skin tone. Use regularly and enthusiastically.

Profhilo Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Treatment

Profhilo
Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising Treatment
Price varies
ProfhiloProfhilo 

Not quite a sold on over the counter options? Not to worry for anyone not yet ready to break up with injectables then Profhilo might just be the next best thing. It’s a groundbreaking hyaluronic acid moisturizing treatment, injected under the skin, which activates skin cell receptors, addressing skin laxity and enhancing firmness. It’s perfect for on the fence clinic lovers who want an added boost to their skin.

THE PERFECT PEEL® SUPERBLEND

THE PERFECT PEEL
SUPERBLEND
Price varies
THE PERFECT PEELTHE PERFECT PEEL 

Now, thanks to that SATC episode and more reality TV shows than we can count, chemical skin peels have become A-Lister’s worst kept secret. The one that Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Kerry Washington are all fans of ? The PERFECT PEELof course. It’s a hybrid chemical peel that effectively targets both medium and superficial depths in a single treatment and works on all skin tone and types and has an on average one week peel time with full results at day 28. Just make sure to consult your derm first.

Read Full Article
Text By
Text
Ata-Owaji Victor
Share this article

What to Read Next

The Best-Dressed Celebs at the 2024 GRAMMYs
Fashion

The Best-Dressed Celebs at the 2024 GRAMMYs

From Doja in Dilara to Miley’s Margiela look.
5,036 Hypes

HBX Launches New Digital Gift Card
Fashion

HBX Launches New Digital Gift Card

Available in Hong Kong and the United States.
1,418 Hypes

7 Emerging Designers You Should Know From Copenhagen Fashion Week FW24
Fashion

7 Emerging Designers You Should Know From Copenhagen Fashion Week FW24

Exciting names shaping the future of the Nordic fashion scene.
1,993 Hypes

Saint Laurent Sponsors Juergen Teller's New Milan Exhibition
Art & Design

Saint Laurent Sponsors Juergen Teller's New Milan Exhibition

“I need to live” retraces some of the iconic photographer’s most celebrated works.
122,596 Hypes

Channel Sporty Spice With Vagabond's New Lykke Pumps
Footwear

Channel Sporty Spice With Vagabond's New Lykke Pumps

Making their debut at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
4,286 Hypes

Barbara Kruger Returns to London With "Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You."
Art & Design

Barbara Kruger Returns to London With "Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You."

Presented at the Serpentine Gallery from February 1 to March 17.
1,693 Hypes

Ask a (S)expert: “Why Do Men Always Keep Tabs on Their Exes?”
Sex & Dating

Ask a (S)expert: “Why Do Men Always Keep Tabs on Their Exes?”

Welcome to our new series led by Gigi Fong, Hypebae’s in-house sex and dating editor.
19,629 Hypes

Kosas Splashes Into Tinted Moisturizer With New BB Burst Tinted Gel Cream
Beauty

Kosas Splashes Into Tinted Moisturizer With New BB Burst Tinted Gel Cream

“No makeup” makeup look baes, this one’s for you.
2,520 Hypes

Chet Lo Hones in on Romance Realness in New Tinder Capsule
Fashion 

Chet Lo Hones in on Romance Realness in New Tinder Capsule

Get ready to rep your “chaotic” status.
1,695 Hypes

Inclusivity, Immersive Shows and Danish Drama: Your Definitive Recap of CPHFW FW24
Fashion

Inclusivity, Immersive Shows and Danish Drama: Your Definitive Recap of CPHFW FW24

From the most inclusive show to the best staging and set design.
9,977 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.