After the pandemic, when so many people over-analyzed their faces thanks to hours spent on Zoom, the beauty industry has seen an increase in changes. But now there is further development.
Overzealous modifications are dwindling, says Dr. David Jack, whose clients have come to expect more from high-performance skin treatments while cutting down on procedures. Now, the “less is more” approach has led to an increase in post-procedure creams that claim to extend the longevity of some treatments and thus reduce repeat visits.
Plastic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 111Skin, agrees: “My goal is to create products that minimize people’s need to enter a clinic, as customers are now looking for a more natural look.” Skin care technology and ingredients are now so advanced, says Alexdrides, “they can achieve Botox-like results and can improve and prolong results.”
I’m no stranger to Botox injections, which I started doing in the mid-1940s to relax wrinkles, but who wouldn’t rather save money on expensive injectables in favor of a home solution?
So which skin care products do the best they can? “Many of the new post-procedure creams such as Allies of Skin Molecular Barrier Recovery Cream, aka ‘bandage balm’, are rich in ceramide and will work well to repair a compromised skin barrier and can be soothing after laser or any heat-inducing procedures. skin like radiofrequency, “says beautician Dr. Sophie Shotter. But adds:” They won’t work in terms of extending the length of your Botox. “
Newby Hands, beauty director of Net-a-Porter, agrees: “While I haven’t tried anything that matches Botox in the last 20 years, a good hyaluronic acid serum and a retinol-based night cream mean that I can go a little more between Botox refills for children.
She explains: “Dehydrated skin is flatter, less plump and will show more wrinkles. I love Dr Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum (£ 85, net-a-porter.com) and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (£ 60, net-a-porter.com). And I learned to use the bite left on my fingertips to caress the wrinkles and around the mouth. “
Likewise, nighttime use of a retinoid (choose a product with retinol or retinaldehyde, a cousin of retinol) will help your skin repair itself and create new collagen. “Retinol is a scientific game changer when it comes to proven results on lines and wrinkles,” says Hands, who is a fan of Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 (£ 79, lookfantastic.com). Surgeons Dr Ashwin Soni and Dr Shotter, meanwhile, both evaluate Skinbetter Science’s AlphaRet Night Cream (£ 112, store.skinbetter.com).
What about so-called “fauxtox” creams that claim to reduce muscle movement in the skin? Alice Hart-Davis, editor of The Tweakments Guide, says, “These products contain a blend of peptides that affect muscle movement. The new Revox Line Relaxer looks promising. It’s not cheap (£ 147, revisionskincare.co.uk), but studies claim a 97% reduction in horizontal and vertical expression lines and under-eye lines, so it might be worth a try.
Although, Hart-Davis clarifies, no cream will reach the muscle layer like toxin injections do, it can have a superficial result on smoothing wrinkles, particularly around the eyes.
Meder Beauty’s Myo-Fix Concentrate (£ 86, mederbeauty.com) was originally formulated for pregnant or breastfeeding women who could not receive regular Botox injections. If you read the reviews, fans claim that it extends their Botox appointments by around two months.
I have personally seen improvement in wrinkle reduction, hydration and overall skin radiance over 50 years with Augustinus Bader’s The Essence, £ 21, and The Cream, £ 69 (augustinusbader.com). Sure, using the two will set you back a fair amount, but since using them I’ve reduced my Botox injections to twice a year instead of three and stopped having it around my eyes.
Whether a cream can make your Botox last longer depends on multiple factors, how much sun exposure you get, how diligent you are with applying it, but one thing is for sure, the science of skincare has come a long way since. Ponds cold cream. Here are my five favorites for younger looking skin.
5 products for younger looking skin
Advanced night repair serum
£ 60, Estée Lauder, net-a-porter.com
Each beauty editor has a bottle. This bestselling hyaluronic acid and peptide serum helps repair damaged skin.
£ 79.17, Meder, mederbeauty.com
The most concentrated peptide solution on the market for Botox-like results. It works to smooth out expression lines on the forehead, crow’s feet and barcode lines around the mouth.
Crystalline retina 10
£ 79, Medik8, lookfantastic.com
A leader in retinoid products, this retina has been shown to work.
Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correction Serum
£ 57, Clinic, lookfantastic.com
Excellent as a daily serum to soften wrinkles and give the skin a healthy glow.
From £ 69, Augustinus Bader, augustinusbader.com
For the famous “Bader glow” favorite by so many celebrities, its patented TFC8 trigger factor complex improves collagen and elasticity for younger looking skin.
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