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Botox has its fair share of pros and cons. Tops on the list of pros? It zaps wrinkles almost instantly and gives you long-lasting results.

But settling into your dermatologist's chair for injections isn't as easy-breezy as it sounds. Shots can be painful and cause bruising. And at $450 (or more, depending on how many areas you have injected), it's certainly not cheap either.

However, with a little patience and dedication to a nightly skin-care regimen, you can achieve smooth, wrinkle-free skin without injections. And you can really maximize those results by eating right, exercising and keeping your stress under control, according to Howard Murad, MD, founder and CEO of Murad. "Quite honestly, I have seen better total body results in my patients following [a healthy lifestyle] program than with cosmetic fillers and injectables," he says.

When it comes to fighting fine lines, these eight skin-care miracle workers all give Botox a run for its money, and they have a ton of additional skin benefits like lightening dark spots and stimulating cell renewal as well.

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No. 8: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, $270
Key Ingredients: Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), hyaluronic acid, palmitoyl tripeptide

You may already be familiar with hyaluronic acid's ability to moisturize and plump skin, but GABA is probably new to you -- though it's definitely worth knowing. Murad says GABA can "have a tightening and 'freezing' effect similar to what occurs following Botox injections." Combine that with collagen-stimulating peptides, and you've got a serum that works overtime to fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

Key Ingredients: GABA, ferulic acid, retinol

Not only does this eye cream have GABA and retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also contains ferulic and gallic acids to protect the sensitive skin under the eyes from sun damage and reduce those pesky dark circles that never seem to go away.

Key Ingredients: Pro-Xylane, hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica

This drugstore alternative to Botox combines Pro-Xylane for firmer skin with hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica to help keep skin moisturized and repair it from environmental damage.

Key Ingredients: Snail conopeptide, matrixyl

The secret behind this anti-wrinkle serum lies in the synthetic snail venom, which was created to mimic cone snail venom's ability to relax wrinkles for a smoother appearance. This luxe serum also contains matrixyl to boost collagen production and actual diamond dust to blur fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

Botox has its fair share of pros and cons. Tops on the list of pros? It zaps wrinkles almost instantly and gives you long-lasting results.

But settling into your dermatologist's chair for injections isn't as easy-breezy as it sounds. Shots can be painful and cause bruising. And at $450 (or more, depending on how many areas you have injected), it's certainly not cheap either.

However, with a little patience and dedication to a nightly skin-care regimen, you can achieve smooth, wrinkle-free skin without injections. And you can really maximize those results by eating right, exercising and keeping your stress under control, according to Howard Murad, MD, founder and CEO of Murad. "Quite honestly, I have seen better total body results in my patients following [a healthy lifestyle] program than with cosmetic fillers and injectables," he says.

When it comes to fighting fine lines, these eight skin-care miracle workers all give Botox a run for its money, and they have a ton of additional skin benefits like lightening dark spots and stimulating cell renewal as well.

Image via Imaxtree
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