Saturday, December 13, 2008

Skincare and Anti-Aging: Best Skin Care Alternatives to Botox

Botox® is considered a “hot topic” these days. Some people swear by it, while others cite recent safety controversies. Still others might want to avoid needles or a visit to a professional facility. Whatever the reason,’s latest article, “Best Alternatives to Botox®” compares five topical alternatives to Botox® that are currently on the market.

There are a myriad of factors responsible for causing lines and wrinkles: facial expressions, environmental damage, UV rays and cigarette smoking. Additionally, skin naturally loses collagen and moisture as we age, making it appear drier and more fragile. Look for some of the following effective ingredients: Alpha hydroxy acids, ceramides, peptides, retinol and antioxidants. Products that contain these ingredients can help to both correct wrinkles and fine lines, as well as prevent future damage from happening. product ratings**

StriVectin SD
Rating: 5

Originally designed as a stretch mark cream, StriVectin SD actually does much more — in fact, this topical cream is now hailed as a non-invasive alternative to Botox® and other fillers. What’s more, StriVectin SD smoothes wrinkles and fine lines that Botox® treatments often leave behind, providing longer-lasting results that continue to improve over time.

Rating: 4

Created by the Cosmedical Aesthetics of Beverly Hills, CosMD-3 works on wrinkles, scars and stretch marks to firm and soften skin. A great choice for delicate skin that’s beginning to show signs of aging, this product is especially effective in preventing new wrinkles by reducing musclecontractions — particularly those around the eyes, mouth and forehead.

Rating: 3

Unlike your everyday moisturizer, Bellaplex restructures the skin and repairs damage in deep tissues, leaving you with a youthful and vibrant complexion. You can also use Bellaplex on just about any place where wrinkles are a concern.

Alterna 7 Minute Lift
Rating: 2

This dermatologist-tested product is natural and hypoallergenic and treats all skin types — even sensitive skin. It works to smooth frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and other signs of aging –without the use of toxins, muscle relaxers or harsh chemicals.

Hydroderm Age-Defying Wrinkle Serum
Rating: 1

This product works on deep wrinkles, helping to refresh and rejuvenate aging skin. Helping to tone the skin and improve texture, Hydroderm Age-Defying Wrinkle Serum is formulated with proteins and peptides that treat wrinkles and fine lines for vibrant looking skin.

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