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Skin Care Alternatives to Popular Cosmetic Procedures

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April 27, 2017 Reviewed by Holly Dawsey 1 Comment

There’s no need to go under the knife. If you wish your skin was firmer, your complexion clearer or your lips plumper, you’re in luck. These days, you have more options than ever. Thanks to advancements in skin care, including powerful new peptides, gentle yet effective resurfacing acids, and foolproof ultrasound technology, you can achieve significant results at home. Keep scrolling to learn more about the products that match up to professional treatments — without the downtime or expense.

ClarityRx Get Fit Serum ($105.75 in the shop)
Alternative to: fillers

Dermal fillers, like Juvederm, are used to enhance the shape of the face by restoring volume and definition and filling out deep creases.  The material — most widely used being hyaluronic acid — is injected into the skin to plump up the targeted area. ClarityRx Get Fit Serum is delivered in pharmaceutical-grade hyaluronic acid base that provides a similar instant plumping action (no needle needed). What’s more, it contains six (yes, six!) peptides that work to tighten and smooth — two of them being collagen-boosting ones known as Matrixyl 3000. “I see most improvement in my overall firmness. The improved elasticity is quite impressive,” claims a reviewer.

Simply Venom Night Cream ($69 in the shop)
Alternative to: botulinum toxins

It wasn’t surprising to hear from industry insiders that Botox, Dysport and Xeomin remain the most popular minimally invasive procedures to date. Known as neurotoxins, these drugs are injected into muscles to temporarily reduce the contractions that occur from facial expressions and to smooth out the resulting lines and wrinkles. Simply Venom, which was developed by two anesthesiologists, uses a proprietary SYNOX-MD technology that exhibits comparable effects. It features a combination of neuropeptides — dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate and palmitoyl tripeptide-5 — that communicate with cells and limit muscle movement, thus inhibiting expression lines. “This stuff has really helped my lines, very visibly, after just a few weeks,” raves one reviewer.

Your Best Face Define Lip Cream ($70 in the shop)
Alternative to: lip augmentation

Lip enhancements are all the rage — many youngsters now crediting the look to Kylie Jenner, but we all know Goldie Hawn has been sporting a plumped-up pout since the First Wives Club. Enhancements can be performed in a variety of ways to resize and shape the mouth, but the result, in our opinion, is rarely a natural-looking fullness. That’s why we opt for Your Best Face Define instead. The anti-aging lip cream uses six peptides to soften, plump and contour the lips. Hilurlip, for example, was designed specifically to increase lip volume, producing a long-term plumping effect. “My lips have indeed become fuller, like the natural fullness of my youth,” reports one reviewer. “The contours of my mouth appear to be more evident and my vertical lip lines appear to be blurred.”

Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop)
Alternative to: a facelift

Forget the facelift. This surgical procedure is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging, but it comes at a cost. The Truth Vitality Lux Renew is a device with both ultrasound technology and LED light therapy that is designed to be used at home. Ultrasonic waves prompt the vibration of collagen and elastin to improve skin laxity. At the end of a 12-week clinical trial, 79.3 percent of participants showed improvement in skin firmness. One reviewer’s results: “My overall face seems to look firmer and more chiseled at the cheekbone area.”

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel ($110 in the shop)
Alternative to: a chemical peel

Gone are the days of the red, blistering post-peel skin. Thanks to advanced and buffered solutions, chemical peels are now choice for anyone who is looking to mitigate sun damage, dark spots and acne or improve their overall tone and texture with no downtown. The best part? You no longer have to have to visit your dermatologist. There are many great at-home options, but we especially like the selection from dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. His Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel uses 15 alpha and beta hydroxy acids to encourage skin regeneration. Antioxidants fortify and protect the fresh skin being revealed. “It gave me a result from first time use — my face looked more even, toned, smooth and even had a glow,” says a reviewer, adding that it did not make her skin red or irritated.

AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop)
Alternative to: an eye lift

In 2016, in adults over 55, browlifts and blepharoplasty (eye lifts) were two of the most commonly performed procedures, reports the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Before you go under the knife, consider upgrading your eye cream. AQ Skin Solutions uses growth factor technology, which stimulates essential cellular activities, to help to tighten sagging lids, decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve microcirculation around the eyes. “It makes such a huge difference for me with crepiness, crow’s feet and sagging,” says a reviewer.

Truth Vitality Treatment Gel ($49 in the shop)
Alternative to: an oxygen facial

These celeb-favored treatments deliver a pressurized stream of oxygen into the skin for an instant plumping effect and added radiance. Oxygen also helps push other active ingredients deep into the skin. Truth Vitality Treatment Gel uses oxygen-boosting perfluorodecalin. Research shows perfluorodecalin has the ability to dissolve and deliver oxygen to help revitalize skin, reduce wrinkles and improve the barrier function. Inside you will also find potent antioxidants like milk thistle, green tea and vitamin C. “My skin feels softer, plumper and has more glow when using the gel,” says a reviewer.

Skin 2 Skin Care Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum ($73 in the shop)
Alternative to: radiofrequency skin tightening treatments

Jowls are one of the most dreaded signs of aging. That sagging that begins to form along your jawline is caused by the combination of gravity and the loss of volume in your face. Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments like Thermage are often used to reshape the jawline, but if you are partial to such procedures, fear not — there’s still hope. Skin 2 Skin Care Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum is a highly-concentrated lifting serum that features two advanced peptide complexes. Syn-Coll has been shown to help restore facial definition, and Syn-Tacks supports the epidermis and stimulates collagen, laminin and elastin. After just a few weeks of use, Marta, the founder of Truth In Aging, happily reported, “My face is softer, firmer and a little more lifted, especially around my cheeks and jawline.”

  • April 27, 2017

    by kdl

    honestly these might do minimal improvements but if you've been really tough on your skin or if you've been really great to your skin so that you don't have fine lines only the deeper ones and skin sag I don't believe these will do much for you. after age 45 most (not all) cremes don't show a dramatic difference, fillers make you look like a puffy horse face and the u/s device requires a minimum of 20 minutes just for that process each night for 12 weeks, which for myself at least, totals in almost an hour of self care each night. not trying to be a Debbie downer but realistic about what these things can do without more dramatic intervention.

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