Why Covid-19 Could End Botox
In a time where facial tune-ups like fillers and botox are no longer an option, beauty addicts everywhere have started to get on board with DIY alternatives. Perfecting their at-home beauty game, top-performing skincare products and good old fashioned TLC seem to have taken the place of injections and professional aesthetic procedures. As we navigate our way through this “new normal”, we’re breaking down the #stayhome alternatives and new skincare trends that celebs and beauty lovers swear by in place of Botox.
Celebrity take: Denise Richards is a natural-beauty convertNo stranger to the spotlight, celebrity and Real Housewife Denise Richards got candid when discussing her use of Botox in the past — and her feelings on the injectable treatments now: “I did try Botox and it wasn’t for me. I don’t like the way my face feels afterward, but I definitely looked more rested.”
To achieve similar physical results — minus the facial discomfort, Richards swears by her staple beauty tactics: staying out of the sun, keeping hydrated, and not overdoing it with products for her sensitive skin. With gentle-yet-effective skincare in mind, she’s also recently launched her own line of products, CBMe Beauty.
Try this: Facial massagesOne of the biggest draws to botox and fillers is the restoration of balance to facial features, improving areas where the skin has begun to sag or suffered loss of elasticity and fullness with aging.
Facial massaging has become popular, with viral videos by beauty bloggers and expert testimonies proving the effects to be the real deal. With some patience and proper technique, this strategy is not only effective but also a treat for those looking to add something new and enjoyable into their evening beauty regimen.
We love this easy-to-use and sleek tool from Amazon. Pro tip: Store this one in a cool place or run under cold water before using to cool and refresh the skin as you massage. Opt for a facial oil or hydrating serum to reduce any friction between your skin and the massaging tool. For tips on how to perfect your technique, check out this Instagram tutorial by Meghan Markle’s facialist, Nichola Joss.
Celebrity take: Kate Winslet doesn’t hold backAs their cover girl in March of 2015, Kate Winslet didn’t hold back when Harper’s Bazaar asked her for her thoughts on Botox: “Oh f*ck no!”
Winslet isn’t alone. She’s joined in her sentiments by actresses like Julia Roberts and Julianne Moore, who just don’t feel Botox is right for them and instead are vocal about the choice to “age gracefully”.
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Try this: Hyaluronic acidFor those looking for non-surgical solutions to anti-aging, one popular ingredient in recent years has been hyaluronic acid. The hydrator, which can attract and retain over 1,000 times its weight in water, is a favourite for those looking to combat dullness and signs of aging. We love The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, which gives you a potent dose, for a fraction of the cost of similar products.
Celebrity take: Jessica Alba doesn’t judgeWhen chatting with Living Healthy about her Honest Beauty brand, Jessica Alba shared her thoughts on Botox and fillers: “Whatever makes you feel good. I think it’s all about not being judgmental…”
Admitting she hadn’t (yet) tried Botox for herself, Alba let InStyle in on her favourite beauty hack: "My mother taught me to always wear sunscreen, and to treat my beauty products as an investment… She'd say, 'Listen, this is your face. It's all you've got.'"
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Try this: Wrinkle filler creamGoing beyond a primer, which temporarily blurs fine lines to create a smooth base for makeup application, wrinkle-filling creams and serums work to fill and smooth age lines over time. The results may not be instantaneous, but if you’re looking for an ongoing treatment designed to give natural-looking results, this is a great option. Our pick? Cult-status brand No.7’s Instant Illusion Wrinkle Filler, which contains particles designed to reflect the light, creating a bright and smooth base while filling lines over time.
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Celebrity take: Gabrielle Union is all about beauty without limitsIn an interview with Byrdie, Gabrielle Union held nothing back when talking about the need to work against society’s tendency to put limits on black women’s beauty. When asked about her own beauty regimen, Union was quick to share her secret: "I do drink a gallon of water a day. I started that in my mid to late 30s. So for a good 10 years, I've been drinking a gallon of water a day. It makes a difference for hair, skin, nails, all of it.”
As for beauty products she swears by, Union loves Luzern Laboratories, with some of her favourites being the Brightening Serum and Oxygen Cream.
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Try this: Overnight masking solutionsShort on time but eager to target those fine lines — minus the invasive treatments? Masking has come a long way, and in 2020, overnight masks that do the job as you sleep are one of the biggest beauty treatments on the rise.
We love Laneige’s Time Freezing Sleeping Mask, a bestseller on Sephora and one of the products Allure calls “the closest thing to Botox in a bottle”.
Celebrity take: Jennifer Aniston is all about “no-tox”Jennifer Aniston got candid with InStyle when sharing her views on Botox: "I believe in 'no-tox.' It absolutely distorts peoples faces and you end up actually having the opposite effect… You look older, in my opinion, when you can’t move and don’t let your natural expressions have their way." Tell us how you really feel, Jen.
It seems like the whole cast of Vanderpump Rules is on board with Botox — have a look and see if you can spot the difference in these stars through the seasons.
Try this: Cosmetic acupunctureIt’s been called the “new botox” — facial acupuncture, similar to botox in that facial needles are still involves, is all about stimulating collagen production – and has even been known to help with acne, including healing acne scars. Considered a more “holistic” approach to beauty, the treatment is double-pronged, as it works to address skin concerns, but also still adheres to the body-points practice that is rooted in addressing underlying triggers, such as depression and anxiety.
Growing in popularity, Toronto-based 6 Babe Beauty offers acupuncture sessions like their Glow Up treatment, which works to “stimulate collagen naturally to your face with Cosmetic Acupuncture. We use ultra-thin needles to create micro-circulation to your face, relax your facial muscles and give you that natural glow” – a one-hour treatment will run you $135.
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