Wouldn’t it be nice if we discovered the fountain of youth? Unless you have vampire blood, stopping the signs of aging is next to impossible. But there are little-known secrets to help you achieve younger-looking skin without fillers, surgery or Botox. If you’re trying to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines on your face, neck or hands, here are some Botox alternatives you may want to consider:
1. Laser Therapy
If you want a non-surgical method to achieve youthful-looking skin, laser therapy has been considered the most effective option available. Fractionated resurfacing lasers improve texture and tone, dark spots and pores will be reduced and the skin texture will improve. How fractional lasers work is they damage the skin’s top layer to stimulate its natural healing process. When this layer is ablated, it promotes the production of collagen resulting in firmer, younger-looking and healthier skin.
Microcurrency involves gentle electrical stimulation of the skin’s deepest layers of the skin, promoting elastin and collagen production for overall firming and toning of the skin. It also triggers cellular activity leading to reduced wrinkles, less puffiness, less fine lines and improved muscle tone.
Spas, salons and clinics offering microcurrent facial use 2 handheld prongs to deliver controlled energy doses to work in producing collagen and repairing the dermis, while erasing signs of aging gently.
3. Radiofrequency and Heat Therapy
Radiofrequency generates heat needed to help tighten the skin sending heat into the deepest skin layers to stimulate collagen formation and skin tightening. One example of this is ePrime, which uses fine needles to develop RF waves to the skin. As with lasers, there is no scabbing or crusting and the duration of treatment is about 1.5 hours per session. After treatment, the patient will have swollen skin in the target area for a week or more.
Ultherapy is another form of RF therapy and it uses ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin especially under the eyelids, neck, jawline and brow. It is an FDA-approved treatment and targets skin tissues to lift and tighten the skin without requiring surgery.
Microneedling also referred to as skin needling punctures the skin using ultra fine needles, in order to stimulate the production of collagen. Among the most popular products that use microneedling technique is the Dermapen which is like a roller pen that microscopically punctures the skin.
5. LED Light Therapy
LED (light-emitting diode) therapy interacts with the cells in the skin to stimulate collagen production promoting rejuvenation to reduce wrinkles and lines as well as age spots and pores. Oftentimes clinic administer LED therapy via single units or panels.
As for Botox alternatives that you can use at home, experts recommend retinol and hyaluronic acid. Retinol can stimulate collagen production and encourage cell turnover. Home exfoliation also boosts cell turnover while at the same time help reduce the appearance of age spots. Finally, hyaluronic acid has been proven effective in plumping up the skin to keep it tight and firm, as well as smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Serums containing this powerful ingredient are easily available in stores and online.
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