3 Ways to Tighten the Skin (Botox-Free)

The stigma that was once attached to Botox is long gone. The starting age is getting younger and younger and using it for preventative measures no longer seems ridiculous. Celebrities shamelessly plug it, yet you no longer need a sort of status to get it yourself. Some are even getting quick top-ups during their lunch break! That’s not to say that Botox should be the automatic solution to fine lines and wrinkles. It’s costly, temporary, and can be quite painful. There are many other ways that you can hide the signs of aging, needle-free. 

1. Silicone pads (such as Apricot Eye and Forehead Pads)

One of the main reasons people turn to Botox is to attack those dreaded lines that gather on the forehead and in the corner of the eyes. The lines that have resulted from years of both frowning and laughing, and the lines that allow you to buy alcohol without an ID. However, it seems a shame to invade the entire surface of the skin simply to reduce the signs of aging in these specific areas. Ingredients like retinol are often recommended as an alternative but can be harsh on these areas, especially for those with sensitive skin. Silicone patches, although lesser known than retinol, are just as effective in helping to fade the appearance of aging on the skin. In fact, 100% medical-grade silicone pads such as these forehead pads from Apricot, brings blood flow to the surface, which can help to stimulate collagen and visibly soften wrinkles. After trying Apricot’s eyepads we noticed the skin under our eyes becoming visibly smoother.

2. Ice-Rolling

A swollen, dull face is a telling sign of your years creeping up on you. We all long for that youthful, early-twenties glow that no amount of lotion can replicate. Enter: the ice-cold jade roller. Keep your jade roller in the freezer before bed and take it out first thing in the morning to de-puff and give your skin a boost of radiance it deserves. Rolling upwards and outwards against the face can stimulate lymphatic drainage and drain your face of any water retention (otherwise known as facial-bloat). Meanwhile the icy cold temperature can instantly reduce swelling and brings blood to the surface of the skin, making the skin look tighter and dewy, as though you’re just in from a run! 

3. SPF

Lastly, I think it’s common knowledge at this stage that SPF is not only to be used on the one day of summer that usually falls in July. That’s right, to protect your skin against skin cancer, SPF should be lathered on every, single day. Even when you don’t step outside. However, did you know that SPF not only acts as a protection from skin cancer, it is also proven to protect against photoaging. Photoaging is mostly caused by UV-A rays, which differ to the rays of sunlight which burn us, called UV-B. UV-A rays lead to winkles, sagging, and spotting. Photoaging is not part of the natural aging process and is avoidable by using SPF. It’s never too late to implement some SPF into your routine and the great part is that you don’t have to fork out on one to save your skin. You can pick one up for as little as 5 pounds! 

That concludes the three ways that you can tighten your skin and maintain that youthful glow. You may also look into skin tightening procedures like Agnes RF in Phoenix, AZ that’s non-invasive. Before reaching for aggressive products, try these methods that are more natural, cost-effective and kind to the skin. 

Josie Wilkins

Josie is a Journalism graduate from Galway, Ireland. In her free time, she writes for her blog, Naturally Fuelled (@josiewilkins on instagram). When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing the one song she knows on the piano, 'I Giorni', saving the postman from her aggressive Shorkie, and defending brussels sprouts as an all-year-round snack!