Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun Answers the Question: Is Any Cosmetic Better than Botox®?

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Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun receives numerous letters asking if there are any cosmetic lotions or creams that can work better than or as good as Botox. Begoun provides the answer in her special report, "Is Any Cosmetic Better than Botox?"

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 19, 2005 – Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun's Web site ( offers answers to frequently asked questions about the many lotions and creams claiming to mimic the effects of Botox. Her new report, “Is Any Cosmetic Better than Botox?”, includes detailed product reviews and is available at to those who sign up for her free Beauty Bulletin.

The number of letters and e-mails Paula receives asking about those products claiming to mimic the effects of Botox is astounding. Results from Botox injections are so instantaneously impressive, it's no wonder it has become the most commonly performed cosmetic corrective procedure in the United States and such a recognizable name. In 2003, there were 2,272,080 Botox injections administered, making it the No. 1 non-surgical cosmetic corrective procedure.

“Alas, Botox is also expensive and the thought of being injected with the botulinum toxin (that's what Botox is) leaves some people fearfully furrowing their brow," Paula says. "This explains why myriad cosmetics companies are launching their own non-invasive, topical products claiming to be better Botox alternatives.”

Better Than Botox? Bogus!

Is there any cosmetic lotion or cream that can work better than or as good as Botox? Paula can barely hold herself back, “Absolutely not! Botox injections relax muscle movement and you can't affect muscle movement topically, in part because you can't localize it. If topical applications worked they would also relax muscles you do not want affected, such as those in your hands or near your mouth. But, of course, this hasn't stopped the cosmetics industry from trying to convince women otherwise. As nice as it would be to get Botox-like results 'without painful injections,' the reality is there are no ingredients that can improve wrinkles as effectively as Botox. It just isn’t possible.” Paula adds, “By the way, about those painful injections, I'm not going to pretend Botox injections don't hurt, but from the millions who have this done on a regular basis, it is more of a mild, temporary discomfort than a painful experience. From my perspective, wasting money on products that can't live up to their claims is far more painful.”

Plumped-Up Promises?

Paula knows many women are hoping that the next “works-like-Botox” product will truly fulfill that promise, but she also warns, “The appalling lack of substantiated information and absence of any published studies demonstrate that there is no cosmetic that can work as well or come close to any cosmetic corrective procedure performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Any product claiming to work like Botox should be considered completely bogus.”

For the complete “Is Any Cosmetic Better than Botox?” report, including detailed product reviews, visit and sign up for Paula's free Beauty Bulletin.

About Paula Begoun

With more than 25 years of experience and study, Paula bases all of her information on comprehensive interviews with dermatologists, oncologists, cosmetic chemists and cosmetic ingredient manufacturers, as well as extensive research from cosmetic industry magazines and medical journals. Paula Begoun's books, newsletters and online publications are the leading source of valuable, straightforward hair-care, skin-care and beauty information for women, helping them navigate around common misconceptions, outrageous hair-care and cosmetics companies' claims, and exorbitant costs. Paula Begoun is the author and publisher of several best-selling books on the cosmetics industry including "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," "The Beauty Bible," and the groundbreaking "Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal." She is also a syndicated columnist with Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service and her "Dear Paula" column appears in newspapers throughout North America. She is an internationally recognized consumer expert on the cosmetics industry and has made repeat appearances on CNN, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, ABC's Primetime, Oprah and The View.


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