Thanks to social media, we’ve all become pretty accustomed to that perfect filter-like skin. Often, there’s not a wrinkle, dark circle or fine line in sight. And as much as we all know that instagram isn’t reality— the picture perfect skin we’re exposed to on a daily basis doesn’t half make it tempting to reach for the needle. In fact, the global market-research agency Mintel has found that 51% of women aged 16-29 would consider getting cosmetic enhancements either now, or in the future.
Injectable skincare procedures (botox, dermal fillers and other hi-tech facial treatments) might be on the rise, but they’re not for everyone.
So if you’re someone who wants big results, without going under the needle or forking out on expensive facials… we feel you. Of course, injectables can give instant results— but nowadays, topical skincare can be just as effective as smoothing fine lines, reducing wrinkles and plumping the skin. With just a few simple products (and some facialist approved application methods) you can be smoothing fine lines, firming and lifting skin from the comfort of your own home. No needles necessary.
Wondering which skincare products really work? We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch here at BEAUTY BAY, to help you look fresh-faced and fierce, whatever your skincare concern…
For targeted wrinkles
If you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, but aren’t ready for botox or other injectable methods, Fillerina could be the range for you. The whole skincare collection is inspired by the plumping and smoothing effects of fillers, without having to be physically injected into your skin.
Available in different grades (dependent on how advanced your wrinkles might be) Dermo Cosmetic Filler Treatment is packed with a blend of hyaluronic acid— the same hydrating molecule that’s used within dermal fillers. Rather than being injected into the skin, it’s applied topically before being layered with a barrier treatment (Phase 2) that locks in moisture and feeds the skin with vitamins and shea butter.
Use once a day consistently for 14 days, and your skin will appear visibly smoother, plumper and more youthful.
For instant results
Got a big night out that you want instant results for? Dr Brandt Needles No More is for you. The clever expression line smoother works to relax fine lines in seconds, thanks to its powerful blend of ingredients. Plus, the targeted delivery of peptides simultaneously helps to defend against wrinkles future development.
For amped up hydration
Did you know that many fine lines are actually as a direct result from dehydrated skin? Your complexion might be crying out for moisture, rather than actually ageing. Let your skin drink up the goodness of Starskin Micro Filler Mask.
The two-step mask works in the same way as a professional micro-needling facial— dosing skin in hydration, lightening pigmentation and plumping dehydration lines.
First apply the hyaluronic micro-pyramid filler contents of the syringe to cleansed skin. Using circular motions, massage and tap the formula into the skin for 1-2 minutes. This boosts the circulation of the skin, and helps the skincare ingredients penetrate deeper. Next, apply the micro-pyramid melting sheet mask to the skin and leave on for 20 minutes. When you’re done, be sure to massage in the rest of the remaining serum left on your skin— It’s an at-home facial for less than £30!
For lifting and tightening skin
If your skin is looking dull and feeling way less tight and toned than it used to be, TonyMoly Megatox Lift Shot Ampoule Mask is the facial treatment for you. The sheet mask is made with thin, microfibre cellulose for maximum absorption. Packed full of an effective blend to lift the skin, and improve elasticity, this innovative mask works in just 20 minutes for a younger, firmer looking complexion.