Easy Botox Alternatives
Answer: There may be no need.
"The latest anti-aging creams make a noticeable difference in muscular lines, so they're perfect for anyone who isn't ready for Botox injections," says Fredric Brandt, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City and Miami.
Look For: The plumping agent GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid), a natural muscle relaxer found in the body but synthetically produced for these products. "You can use it around the eyes, the forehead, the mouth, anywhere there's a line," says Dr. Brandt. The effect is temporary (most creams last for 24 hours), but it can be reapplied right before a big night out for a quick lift.
Try: pH Advantage Rhydex-2, $75, sephora.com.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2006.
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