Let’s face it, not everyone is comfortable with injecting a toxin into their face but now you don’t have to. ‘No-Tox’ face treatments have been around for a while, but the word is spreading about these effective and non-invasive treatments that can knock years off without stopping you moving the muscles of your face or having foreign substances injected into your body.
There are lots of options out there: I tried and liked Beetox, (bee venom), Pre-tox, (Peptide gel), Dr Nabet’s L.Boxin (natural enzymes), and Endocare (snail secretions). All good choices and worth exploring.
However what I discovered is, at the moment, the term most buzzed about amongst beauty editors – and indeed at Gymborees and Starbucks around the nation – is ‘VTOX’.
Created by skincare guru Linda Meredith and voted ‘the best alternative to Botox’ by Tatler Magazine, VTOX is quite simply, the Queen of No-tox.
It contains neuro-peptides and natural algae which surround the muscles with proteins to block the skin contracting. Says Linda, “Researching through the thousands of ingredients available, I found that the most effective botanical was Algae Extract. Combined with other natural ingredients, the skin will appear more youthful and relaxing without looking frozen in time.”
A toxin-free treatment with staying power, VTOX works by gently helping the skin avoid conforming to expression lines when the muscles contract. The key words here are ‘gently’ and ‘natural’. It’s like Botox without the poison or freeze.
Sold online as a stand alone lotion, or as part of a professional facial treatment, VTOX is hugely popular amongst the women who frequent Linda Meredith’s Knightsbridge salon.
A skin care expert for more than 40 years, Linda Meredith developed VTOX after a storied career of taking care of some of the world’s most beautiful and famous faces. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Kate Beckinsale and Sienna Miller have all been clients.
Linda says, “Unsurprisingly, staying young and beautiful for as long as possible is on every woman’s wish list. Medical professionals continue to develop treatments deemed ‘cosmetic,’ some of which are certainly beneficial, but others put pressure on women to have procedures they are not totally comfortable with. The first buzz word was of course ‘BOTOX’ but not all women want to be injected with a poisonous toxin.”
She adds, “When developing my own range of skin care products one of my priorities was to have an effective option for those women looking for a Botox alternative including those pregnant or breast feeling who had to refrain from their usual Botox fix.”
The VTOX Oxygen facial begins with a deep cleaning, steaming and intense hydration followed by a generous amount of the VTOX cream. It feels tingly but not unpleasant. This is followed up by more gentle blasts of pure Oxygen, layered on to plump up what is now, rather smooth skin. The end result promises to leave you with skin as smooth as the bottom of the baby in your arms.
I emerged glowing, which many facials can admittedly achieve, but also got the added benefit of the lift that I was looking for. My skin was tighter and looked less tired than it had been in quite some time. I was delighted to look a bit more like the person I was used to seeing in the mirror.
VTOX retails for £99 and a VTOX Oxygen Facial is £150. Both can be found at www.lindameredith.com