Life in the time of coronavirus has been a truly dramatic shift. While our top concerns are centred around staying safe, staying home and taking care of each other (and we’re thinking of all of you and wishing you the same), we’ve also had a lot of time on our hands to get distracted by some of the smaller stuff. For example, should we just go ahead and cut our own bangs right now? Are we ready to attempt to remove this gel mani yet? How many YouTube tutorials should we watch before trying to shape our own brows?
For these questions, we may never have the right answers. But there’s a great question we’ve been hearing from you: what should I do now that I can’t get my Botox? And for that, we actually can offer some answers, tips and suggestions that we hope will help.
The results of Botox last around 3 to 4 months, so we typically recommend that our patients come in for maintenance treatments every 3 months or so, though it’s also totally fine to leave longer intervals between injections and some people prefer to come in a little less frequently. That means that nothing bad will happen if you miss your regular appointment. Your body will continue to metabolize your most recent treatment, and slowly the areas you’ve had treated will return to the way they looked before you started getting Botox.
The most common reason people opt for Botox is that they want to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face, meaning around the eyes and on the forehead (for volume loss and wrinkles on the lower face, we typically use filler, which can last up to 12 months). Luckily there are skincare options that address these same concerns, albeit a little less dramatically than with injections.
Here are some key ingredients you’re going to want to incorporate into your skincare routine to treat these concerns.
Peptides for Healthy, Firmer-Looking Skin
Peptides are amino acids that act like a kind of building block for important skin proteins like elastin, collagen and keratin. These essential proteins are responsible for your skin strength and texture, and when they’re supported by peptides, they help maintain the appearance of firmness and plumpness in the skin. So peptides are super helpful when it comes to reducing the look of fine lines by firming, smoothing and hydrating. We love that.
Peptides should definitely be considered a skin essential and can be applied all over the face to give your skin a boost. For best results, it’s a good idea to incorporate them with other active ingredients on this list that work a little harder in specific areas more prone to fine lines or wrinkles.
Retinol is a Total Skin BFF
Retinol! Where would we be without it? It helps refine and firm the skin, can enhance collagen production and can reduce and even out pigmentation (think sun spots or scarring). It does this by stimulating cell turnover, which eliminates dead skin cells that sit on the surface, but also works deeper within the skin to get real results.
Added bonus: it helps treat acne and breakouts. Retinol is a real all star for all kinds of skin types and concerns.
It’s best applied at night so that it can go to work as you rest and your cells regenerate. It breaks down in sunlight, so by applying it during the day, you’re not doing yourself any favours—it won’t be as potent as it needs to be to get real results. And because it increases cell turnover, you’re going to want to apply SPF 30 every day to protect the bright new skin it reveals.
AHAs like Glycolic Acid & Lactic Acid
Alpha-hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliants that help to sever the bonds that hold dead skin cells on the surface, which dulls your complexion. Your skin can naturally shed dead cells much more easily after those bonds have been broken. AHAs help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture and help hydrate the skin.
These bad boys are the main ingredients that go into your chemical peel treatments, but they’re also available in more gentle formulations for daily at-home use. Lactic acid is a milder option that works really well for sensitive skin types and is well known as a moisturizing exfoliant. Glycolic acid is probably the most popular; it has the smallest molecules and penetrates the skin most effectively to achieve a more dramatic result.
When you apply these products, you’ll likely be able to feel them working—they should feel “active” but they shouldn’t feel painful or sting. If they do, you may need a different formulation.
Sunscreen Every Day No Matter What
This may not seem like an obvious answer to this question, but wearing sunscreen on the daily is always a good idea. It safeguards your skin from sun damage and helps prevent the visible signs of aging from forming. Plus it’s vital for your skin health, protecting you from the most dangerous potential side effects of sun exposure like melanoma.
Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors, sunscreen is the way to go. And you’ll be well protected with an SPF30—going higher than that won’t provide you any significant benefit, but reapplying after sweating or swimming certainly will.
Need these products now? We can help!
Shipping is free on every order at Miracle 10 right now so that you can continue to safely stay home and still get the products you need. For the absolute best Botox-like results, you’ll want to check out the Platinum Collection. Eye Lift is a great option for treating fine lines and dark circles around the eye area (verified buyers have reviewed it as the “best eye cream [they] have ever used”). And Night Repair is really the ultimate luxury anti-aging treatment for the whole face, formulated with the most power-packed cocktail of peptides, AHAs, retinol, plant stem cells and more. If you want it, chances are, Night Repair’s got it.