However, with technology improving and brands bringing out some seriously impressive skincare formulas, it might be worth parking that idea for the time being. Not only could you save a lot of money, but you could find something just as effective which doesn’t involve needles, the risk of sometimes irreversible unwanted results, and even leaving your front door.
Not only can super serums, retinols and treatment kits help to erase lines like botox, and hand-held tools help to sculpt like fillers, but more and more technology is available to mimic results of in-clinic machines too. ‘Our LED mask was designed to bring the salon experience home’, Hannah Measures & Laura Ferguson, founders of the The Light Salon (where the technology is used in treatments and facials) told ELLE. ‘It uses the same clinically-proven wavelengths as in-salon.’
Super-facialist Teresa Tarmey first intended to just use this on her celebrity clients before big events, but found the results so brilliant she couldn't hide it away in her clinic. Used straight from the freezer and rolled over the skin, it helps to lift, de-puff and smooth skin by harnessing cryotherapy and stimulating the cells.
One of the main functions of fillers is not to exaggerate cheeks, but to lift where gravity has taken hold. For example, those marionette lines between the lips and chin, or sagging at the jawline. This editor-adored serum is one of the best for plumping things back up, and can go a surprisingly long way to mimicking the effects of the needle.
Proven to make light work of wrinkles and skin texture more than any other at-home ingredient is vitamin A. Medik8 are famed for their vitamin A formulas: retinols, retinoates, and this crystal retinal. It encourages cell-turnover to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, for about a 10th of the price of botox...
Many skin rejuvenating treatments require the use of needles, but not this one. Used over nine days, this treatment plan resurfaces, revives and replenishes skin just as well, if not better than, many aesthetic treatments. Served in dose-sized ampoules, it's great for newbies to active ingredients.
The original NuFace tool is famed for its skin tightening qualities, defining a jawline as well as fillers would. Think of this one like botox - erasing forehead lines and pesky wrinkles. It's down to the micro-currents, which encourage plumper, smoother skin.
Treatments like Profhilo involve injecting hyaluronic acid or other hydrating agents into the face to smooth, plump and improve the tone of the skin. This mask, loved by beauty editors and celebrities, does that too, but without any scary needles. It also comes with portions of the hydrogel mask for the neck, to battle the tech-neck wrinkles.
Famed for her red carpet ready treatments, an appointment with Dr Sturm would usually include a whole host of gadgets, techniques and yes, sometimes botox and fillers. But one of her staples in her skincare is hyaluronic acid, which deeply hydrates to refresh and renew the skin. This course, which comes in mini doses, is a great pre-event ritual.
One of the most popular in-salon treatments right now is using LED light - to calm, rejuvenate, lift or firm skin (depending on the colour of light used). The Light Salon is one of those places, but if you can't get there you can get a taste of it at home. Red 633nm and Near-Infrared 830nm wavelengths are industry-leading and clinically-proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
One of the main causes of wrinkles is lack of cell turnover and regeneration, which just happens as we get older. This laser - which claims to re-train those cells to mimic their younger years - is the most powerful you can use safely at-home, giving you results you'd normally only get under an aesthetician's hands. Those results? Smoother, clearer, bouncier skin. The technology is pretty game changing in the market, hence the price tag...
In many facials, tools (light LED, steamers, etc) will be used to make treatments more efficacious. This small-but-mighty device does just that, at home. You insert your desired treatment or mask, this customises the settings to modes that can help boost collagen, clear spots, calm redness, tighten with cryotherapy, relax with sonic waves.... . the list goes on
'The device’s full-spectrum LED therapy is clinically tested to rival in-salon treatments therefore adding maximum power to your at-home facial treatment', Chris Luckham, Head of Education at the brand, told ELLE. 'Which dramatically improves results of skincare products.'
Developed by the facialist to models, actresses and a certain actress-turned-Princess, Sarah Chapman's facial massager rolls up and down your jawline, neck and face to help drain toxic, reduce puffiness and define contours. It's especially great for mimicking the results of skin tightening treatments on the lower face.