If you’ve ever gotten Botox injections before, you know that it can be VERY expensive… We’re talking hundreds of dollars every 3 months (if you’re lucky and it lasts that long). It can also be a bit unnerving (no pun intended) to inject a neurotoxin into your skin from one of the most deadly bacteria known to man – Clostridium botulinum. I’ve done Botox in the past but found myself wanting something more sustainable… Something I can do at home that will last longer and actually undo some of the aging.
First, let’s go over the serums I use in conjunction with the at-home treatments.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found within the human body. It is also the ingredient used in cosmetic fillers and lip injections. With its stunning ability to trap in moisture, I use hyaluronic acid as my daily facial moisturizer. It’s extremely affordable and because it’s lightweight and non-greasy, it works well for acne prone skin (like mine :/ ).
My next favorite is B5 gel or serum. I use SkinCeuticals B5 Gel and love it. It is a tiny bit heavier than the hyaluronic acid so it’s good for those with dry skin. I use it daily in the wintertime and when I’m back home in Colorado where it’s dry. Once again, it works very well with acne prone skin.
Vitamin C, E, & Ferulic Acid
If you can’t tell.. I’m all about replenishing my skin with vitamins and substances that are naturally supposed to be in and on skin!
The combination of vitamin C, E, and Ferulic acid (all three found in fruits & veggies) makes for a powerful, synergistic antioxidant effect on wrinkles and environmental stress. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is my go-to for this and while it’s a bit pricey (~$165), it lasts FOREVER and is hands-down the most powerful anti-aging serum I use. This serum fights free radicals (we already know how I feel about those guys) from infrared radiation, air pollution (yes, skin absorbs pollution!), and UVA/UVB.
This one is a bit heavier and I only use it at certain times and in certain areas (more tips on when and where in a minute).
The best way to have all of these amazing serums work to their full potential is by microneedling before applying. The idea is that tiny needles slightly puncture the skin’s surface, initiating the body’s healing response, which naturally stimulates collagen production. Sounds crazy, but it works! This slight puncture also allows full absorption of skincare products, which is awfully important when you drop $165 on C E Ferulic acid antioxidant serum!;)
This can be done by an esthatician or at home but needs to be done with extreme caution if doing it yourself. Be sure to follow all guidelines and directions or scarring and damage can happen.
I use my roller on my forehead and crows feet only.
Product I use: o.5mm microneedle roller (found on Etsy ~$15) + C E Ferulic on treated areas + hyaluronic acid on untreated areas (I apply this all over before microneedling as well)
Tip: Be sure to rinse the roller with alcohol and warm water after each section of the face to prevent spreading bacteria. NEVER use on an active break out – this will only spread bacteria and exacerbate acne.
Downtime: None, but should not be performed every day to allow adequate healing time.
Similar to microneedling, microdermabrasion manipulates the top layer of the epidermis to expedite the natural rejuvenation process. With microdermabrasion, this is done through exfoliation rather than puncture. This is beneficial for acne scars, pox scars, and wrinkles. The nice thing about microdermabrasion is it’s very easy to do at home so there is no need to go to an esthatician. Once again, ALL instructions and safety guidelines should be met to avoid damaging or scarring of the skin.
I use my microderm all over to reduce acne scarring and wrinkles. It can also be used on the neck, chest, and body!
Product I use: PMD Personal Microdermabrasion Pro + C E Ferulic on face and neck
Downtime: None but microdermabrasion should not be done more than 1 x a week and should not be used back-to-back with microneedling. It is ok to alternate the two but check with your doctor before implementing both treatments.
Red Light Therapy
Holy moly does this work. I may never get botox again! I’ve been using an at-home light and my skin has never been smoother or more vibrant. Red light therapy works by emitting UV-free wavelengths of red, orange, and yellow light, which induces collagen production, increases lymph system activity, and improves circulation and the release of ATP (energy) to the cells. The result is improvement of skin elasticity and a reduction of wrinkles, brown spots, skin damage, and scars. Red light has even been shown to reduce stretchmarks and stimulate hair regrowth.
These treatments can be drying on the skin so it’s extra important to apply a serum before and after.
Product I use: RejuvaliteMD by Trophy Skin ($249) + B5 serum to hydrate
Downtime: None!! There is also no increased sensitivity to the sun, as you would see with blue light therapy (good for acne)
The absolute, hands-down best de-wrinkler out there… Retinol! It is technically vitamin A1 (hence, “Retin-A”) and is found inside animals. It has the ability to rejuvenate cells by promoting cell turnover, meaning it can actually undo wrinkles, which is very hard to do! Many people have a hard time committing to this wonderful product due to its tendency to make the skin peel and the need to be patient in seeing results. However, if used regularly, the peeling subsides and the anti-aging effects are profound.
Retinoids are best used during the winter due to photosensitivity.
Product I use: SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Cream
Thanks for reading! I wish you the most vibrant, glowing, wrinkle-free skin in town!:)
Please consult your dermatologist or healthcare provider before starting any at-home treatments. Be sure to follow ALL instructions when using new skin products. Avoid the sun and always wear SPF to protect your skin.