This year marks the 30th anniversary of Botox. It was first used back in 1977 for the treatment of a eyelid spasms (strabismus). 25 years later the US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light for Botox to be used for cosmetic procedures. It’s only been on the cosmetics market for 15 years but forecasters predict that the global market is expected to reach $2.9 billion by 2018. With users of Botox becoming younger and younger, in my opinion down to the fact that the procedure is also marketed as a preventative wrinkle cure as opposed to a reactive one, it’s necessary to remind oneself that Botox is a toxin and with the current trend for living a healthy lifestyle and being mindful of the not only the food we consume but also the products we use on our bodies surely injecting toxins into our facial muscles to paralyse them in the pursuit of eliminating wrinkles is surely a tad drastic. Botox is short for Botulinum toxin which is a caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum is currently the most lethal toxin known to man. If you are infected by clostridium botulinum then this leads to botulism, which although rare, is fatal. With recent developments in cosmetics and science many brands have developed non-invasive products that offer a safer alternative to Botox. Here are five that we’ve come across although we have’t had a chance to try them out for ourselves – mainly to do with that fact that we’re all wrinkle-free…so far – no shade…
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate, £30.99 (6x5ml) superdrug.com
Claims: Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate is an intensive anti-wrinkle serum to be used in combination with the daily anti-age care. The formula combines high and low molecular Hyaluronic Acid to target and treat ageing skin where wrinkles originate and additionally contains bio-active Glycine Saponin to support skin’s natural production of Hyaluronic Acid. With regular use, skin appears smoother and more youthful.
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum, £50.80 (25ml) rodial.co.uk
Claims: This revolutionary serum instantly minimises the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles with Syn®-Ake, a dipeptide inspired by the potent effects of the temple viper snake’s venom. Liposomes work to fill lines instantly whilst a ground-breaking oxygen carrier boosts glow and radiance for fresher looking skin with a 3D plumping effect.
Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel, £43.00 (15ml) tesco.com
Claims: .Less wrinkles and a visibly younger look within 60 minutes ? With the new biotulin no sorcery. This transparent, fragrance-free organic gel was developed by a team of scientists led by pharmacist and chemist Dr Claus Breuer. The gel is sold in a dispenser which is 100 percent airtight to ensure hygienic application. One of the main ingredients of Biotulin is Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from the plant Acmella oleracea (paracress).
Snoxin Serum, £29.99 (30ml) boots.com
Claims: The highest allowable concentration of the most effective anti-ageing peptides come together in this advanced serum to combat all aspects of skin ageing appearance, including the look of dynamic wrinkles, deeper folds, fine lines, crow’s feet, textural irregularities and sagginess.
Nip+Fab No Needle Fix Serum, £9.95 (50ml) superdrug.com
Claims: No Needle Fix Serum is a revolutionary plumping + volumizing serum for a younger looking skin. CellActive® – FORM helps plump fine lines whilst oat extract acts as an instant tensor, blurring imperfections + smoothing the look of wrinkles.