With the modern pressures to have beautiful, youthful skin, there’s no surprise that women all over the world are opting more and more to spend money on expensive skincare treatments, in the hope to turn back the clock. From chemical peels, to fillers and Botox, there are many salon treatments that promise to tighten, plump, smooth and restore your skin… but for a hefty price.
It’s also been noted that the number of facelifts and invasive plastic surgery for a more youthful appearance has sky-rocketed in the last 5 years, with American’s spending more than $16 billion on cosmetic surgery in 2016 alone. 
However, going under the knife is a radical step for those wanting a fresher face, and carries many risks including infection and scarring. Not only this, but even the more popular salon treatments like Botox are painful, and come with their own risk of side effects… not to mention the $200-400 price tag.
Here at Cel, we believe that beauty lies within the power of nature and that there are many ways to achieve Botox-fresh skin without the need for needles. Take a read below to find out our 5 most popular, at-home tips for salon effects, without surgery. You could save your skin, as well as your money!
1. Facial Yoga
Designed to work the muscles in the face, a facial exercise plan is a pain-free and inexpensive at-home alternative to surgery. The idea behind facial yoga is to work the muscles below the skin’s surface, to increase circulation, tone and tighten the skin. More blood at the surface of the skin means more oxygen delivered to skin cells, repairing any aging or damage that may occur. 
Exercising the muscles in our face also helps to tighten the small tissue bonds between the muscle layer and our skin, reversing the effects of gravity and firming any sagginess. Regular sessions of facial yoga promises to provide firmer, healthier skin, and a ‘lifted’ appearance.
2. Peppermint Oil Lip Plumping
Lip plumping is another common cosmetic procedure, almost as sought after as Botox. Using Restylane, lip filler injections are designed to add fullness and volume to thin lips. The filler used in lip plumping can also be used to smooth fine lines and restore the contours in your jawline, nose or chin. The side effects of this lip injection include swelling, itching, discoloration, and infection.
As a natural alternative that’s far less painful and costs a fraction of the price, a small amount of peppermint oil on the lips will have a similar effect!  Apply using a clean cotton swap onto dry lips, and a slight tingling sensation will start. Leave this for a few minutes and then wipe off. Your lips will have plumped slightly, and this will last a few hours (perfect before a night out!).
3. Stem Cell Sheet Masks
One of the most common reasons that individuals pay out for Botox is the desire for fresher, more youthful skin. Reducing the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles is one of the easiest ways to appear younger, but you don’t always need needles to achieve this!
Cel’s Nanotech Stem Cell Face Masks are expertly designed to restore your skin to its youthful firmness, thanks to next-generation Plant Stem Cell technology. Proven to repair any damaged skin cells, regulate hydration and fight off the early onset of lines and wrinkles, these weekly masks will deliver results, fast. Sheet masks are one of the newest skincare crazes sweeping the USA, and the unique bio-cellulose material of these masks make them the most nourishing ones on the market today.
4. Pineapple & Lemon Juice Chemical Peel
Most salon-delivered chemical peels use AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to gently peel away the top layer of skin (the epidermis) from our face and neck, exposing new skin underneath. Although AHA peels are natural, they can sting, itch, irritate and leave your face red and sore. Especially for those with sensitive skin.
For a natural alternative that works just as well, you can use fruit juice! Pineapple and Lemon juice both contain skin-nourishing enzymes and citric acid that can deliver the same results as an expensive chemical peel, with much less irritation. Just apply some freshly squeezed pineapple or lemon juice to your entire face, leave for 10 minutes, and rinse off with clean, warm water. Repeat daily for 1 week, and then weekly thereafter for best results. 
5. Wrinkle-Smoothing Patches
Wrinkles occur because of repeated muscle movements (expressions), that gradually loosens the skin on our face. Botox is designed to freeze this muscle movement, to reduce fine lines from developing. But can this freezing effect happen any other way? Frownies, or other branded facial patches, are small sections of inexpensive natural paper, that are ‘glued’ to your face, temporarily reducing the movements that cause creases. The patches claim to train your underlying facial muscles to regain strength and tone lost with age, resulting in dramatically reduced lines and wrinkles.
Botox and other cosmetic procedures are expensive, painful, and can leave you with a myriad of dangerous side effects. Before opting for the needle or knife, why not give nature a chance! Above are 5 examples of effective alternatives to popular salon treatments, all proven to work with scientific backing. Try them for yourself, and see what difference you can make to your complexion, and your confidence.