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

Share Article delves into the many topical treatments available as an alternative to Botox®, and compares five of the top-selling products.

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. covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs are natural acids derived from fruit, milk or sugar cane, which dissolve dead skin cells and allow fresh, healthy cells to emerge. With so many kinds of AHAs, including glycolic, lactic, citric, mandelic and malic acids, the degree of exfoliation depends on the particular acid and its pH level. Because of their ability to boost cell regeneration, AHAs are used for everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne and age spots. Dermatologists and other skin care professionals use higher doses of up to 70 percent for chemical peels.

Amatokin for Anti-Aging
One of the goals of stem cell research is to find ways to repair damaged parts of the human body. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before stem cell technology extended to the skincare industry. Launched in the spring of 2007, Amatokin is a revolutionary product that claims to harness the power of epidermal stem cells to generate fresh, brand new skin cells, untouched by age, pollution, sunlight or other environmental stresses.

Idebenol and Idebenone
Used to treat Alzheimer's disease, depression and stroke, idebenone only recently entered the skin care market with a big, exciting bang; dermatologists and patients alike anticipated its arrival. Idebenol, a similar ingredient, has also enjoyed surging popularity. And it isn't merely hype: there's research to suggest both idebenone and idebenol are effective anti-aging ingredients. For one, idebenol and idebenone guard skin against free radical damage. It's free radicals, or environmental factors, including chemicals, pollutants and cigarette smoke, that damage skin and cause signs of aging, such as wrinkles, dryness and age spots.

While grapefruit is typically associated with one's diet, it can also do amazing things for the skin. First documented in 1750 by Reverend Griffith Hughes in a theological discussion on Biblical fruit, grapefruit is considered one of the "Seven Wonders of Barbados" because of its health and skin benefits. Today, skincare companies are taking full advantage of this natural ingredient by including grapefruit in a variety of products.

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*Botox® is a registered trademark of Allergan Inc.
**All ratings determined by the Skincare-News Product Research Panel.


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