It seems that people are willing to go to any length nowadays to look younger and like their favourite celebrities. With more people than ever heading under the knife, we have seeked out the latest alternatives to plastic surgery.
Here at FemaleFirst we think that no-one should be fooled by the glamorised and celebrity endorsed culture of cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery is full of risks and even the simplest of procedures can go wrong. So, avoid the pain and price in the pursuit of a A-list body, with our tried and tested alternatives.
Firstly, we have an alternative to one of plastic surgery's most popular procedures; liposuction. Toning and firming creams might not have the instant effect of liposuction but they are far less expensive, evasive and dangerous. Nivea's My Silhouette Body Gel Cream, can be bought for just Â£11.74 and over time can shave up to 3cm off your thighs, hips and tum.
The cream contains a natural Bio-Slim Complex which combines two high-performance ingredients to tone skin - white tea and anise extract which been found to lead to increased collagen production. With regular use in just four weeks you should notice your skin to be smoother and toned. A product survey found 74% of 187 women found the product to be effective, and there isn't a needle in sight!
Next, we have looked at anti-wrinkle eye creams instead of cosmetic surgery eye lifts. There are lots of cream on the market claiming to banish wrinkle but, Simple's Regeneration Plus Firming Eye Cream is our favourite and is available to buy for just Â£12.71.
The cream has a vitamin mineral complex that stimulates skin regeneration to tone and firm. Shea Butter is also in there for all-day moisturisation, making the skin appear brighter and smoother. Moisturising is part of a normal beauty regime for a lot of women but using a cream specific to the eyes will help fight anti-aging and have you looking as fresh as Kylie!
Lip enhancements through the use of collagen is seen to be one of the less evasive cosmetic procedure, but why not opt for a natural alternative? Sally Hansen's Lip Inflation Treatment, boosts circulation in your lips for added volume and is available to buy for just Â£5.82.
Once applied the tingly gloss instantly creates fuller lips, with the use ginger and cinnamon extracts. These natural stimulants plump lips without the discomfort that some other products do, including collagen. Once on lip colour can be applied onto of the plumper leaving you with a pout to challenge Angelina!
The latest at home treatment to out-do cosmetic surgery is microdermabration. These are a great alternative to very evasive chemical peels, and this one by RoC is great a price - just Â£39.14. The Renewex Microdermabrasion Expert Skin Renovator System is the latest development in at home microdermabrasion.
Exfoliates have been used by many of us as part of our daily beauty regime of years now, but microdermbrasion is perfect at glossing away to wrinkles. It is a technique used by dermatologists to remove dead skin cells, promote cell renewal and reveal radiant face skin. After just two weeks of use the skin appears more evenly toned, brighter and more radiant. Using three times a week by the four week the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be reduced. Perfect. Microdermabrasion is really gentle on the skin and safe enough to do yourself at home.
Finally, we have an all-natural alternative to botox with the Bee Venom Mask by Heaven Skincare. The mask contains bee venom and manuka honey which gently firms, smoothes and plumps the skin. At just Â£55 it is a lot cheaper than a series of botox injections.
The mask uses only natural and organic ingredients, which are combined to work in synergy for an instant anti-ageing effect. Manuka Honey in the mask is renowned for its soothing and healing properties, it also contains Bee Venom which works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming. Just apply the mask daily and leave on for 20 minutes before washing off to get instant younger and smoother skin to rival Madonna.
FemaleFirst - Stacey Malvern