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 convert
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 massages
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 back
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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Celebrity take: Jessica Alba doesn’t judge
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 cream
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Celebrity take: Gabrielle Union is all about beauty without limits
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 solutions
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”
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 acupuncture
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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