Botox has its fair share of pros and cons.
Tops on the list of the pros? It zaps wrinkles almost instantly and gives you long-lasting results despite the short-term pain.
But settling into your dermatologist's chair for injections isn't as easy breezy as it sounds. Shots can be painful and cause bruising (remember Kim Kardashian's post-Botox debacle?). And at $350 a pop, injections certainly aren't cheap.
But is there a way to avoid injections and still end up with smooth, wrinkle-free skin?
Short answer: Yes. You can achieve similar wrinkle-reducing results from topical beauty products. But here's the catch: Only if you're willing to be patient. Topical ingredients can take up to six months to show results, but they're worth it.
"There are very sophisticated ingredients today that have multiple skin benefits like smoothing, lightening pigment, diminishing lines, replenishing lipids, and stimulating cell renewal," says Annet King, director of the International Dermal Institute. Hey, not even Botox can do all of those things.
So if you have a few months to hang in there, you'll love these eight skin care miracle workers. They all give Botox a run for its money when it comes to fighting fine lines, and they have a ton of additional skin benefits as well.
Also, if you really want to decrease your need for Botox, Howard Murad, MD, founder and CEO of Murad, recommends eating right, exercising, and keeping your stress under control. "Quite honestly, I have seen better total body results in my patients following [a healthy lifestyle] program than with cosmetic fillers and injectibles," he says.
So here's your new plan: Take care of yourself, and start using these eight better-than-Botox beauty products.