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Despite our wildest hopes and dreams, there simply isn’t any filler in a bottle – I mean, when there is was we would all use something like that, right? However, there are many skin care products that work like Bulking to defy gravity and restore volume when you’re feeling a little sunken.
Dermal fillers and injectables are obviously the only safe, real-world treatments that provide instant results, but these alternative skincare treatments and beauty tools achieve a similar effect with continued use (consistency is key). For me skin care is self care and frankly, an act of self-love, so why not indulge in at-home treatments to keep your skin looking plump and supple and your confidence at its peak?
To find the best OTC skincare products for plump and supple skin, we went directly to the experts for their suggestions. After all, as someone who does dermal fillers, botox, and lip injections on a daily basis, who better to ask for the next best thing than going under the needle? “I swear by consistent microcurrent treatments. This will retrain your facial muscles to get back to where they were when you were younger. For example, the brows are lifted, the cheeks are brought back into shape and liveliness and frown lines are reduced. It really is the best alternative to fillers! Nuface has a great at-home option that you can use between treatments,” advises Rachel Liverman, CEO and co-founder of Glowbar.
In general, these plumping skincare products work by temporarily swelling the skin, filling in lines and texture. It’s a similar effect you’ll experience when you apply a plumping lip gloss – but without the tingling. Beauty tools and facial massagers aside, moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid and elastin-boosting collagen are your next best bets.
“As we age, we lose our hyaluronic acid and collagen, which keep our skin looking youthful,” says Nurse Nancy Pellegrino (aka Nurse Nancy), RN, MN, NP, owner and operator of NP Aesthetics Inc and co-founder of THE ROUTE Beauty.
Hyaluronic Acid is able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, allowing the humectant to restore moisture levels in even the most dehydrated skin, promoting firmness and softening the look of fine lines over time. While topical collagen can be debatable in terms of its effectiveness, reaching for a product that contains both the naturally occurring protein and other anti-aging ingredients will help “fill in” fine lines and restore fullness. Below are our favorite skin plumping products for a luscious, glowing, needle-free complexion.
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Bio-Performance Skin Filler Serum Duo
Simplify your skincare routine with this duo that gives you a serum to use early in the day and a slightly thicker one for use at night. It literally adds a layer of moisture to your skin while you sleep, so you wake up refreshed and revealing plumper skin.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Moisturizer
If you’re looking for a solid skincare regimen that will give you plumper skin, this expensive product is for you. This lightweight moisturizer contains a blend of lipids (2 percent pure ceramides, 4 percent natural cholesterol and 2 percent fatty acids) along with a cholesterol-dominant ratio to restore facial plumpness and lock in moisture throughout the day.
NuFace Trinity Starter Kit
While a contouring device might sound like a counterintuitive choice when your ultimate goal is to get plump skin, this celebrity-loved modeling device not only works to tighten and firm, but its movements also help promote accelerated collagen production.
Bio-Oil skin care oil
This versatile face and body oil
provides skin with a moisture boost for a youthful, plumped-up appearance. It also improves texture and discoloration over time. The more hydrated your skin is, the plumper and less wrinkled it will look.
Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment
Kate Somerville’s wrinkle treatment is like an oxygen facial in a bottle that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Hyaluronic acid cushions, moisturizes and smoothes your complexion. Plus, the formula also protects against blue light, which is known to accelerate your skin’s aging process. One shopper said it was a “transformational product that saved me from bulking.”
Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Acid Self Tanning Serum
Not just this HA-infused serum
help increase hydration and promote a plump complexion, but it also leaves a glow thanks to the built-in self-tanner. I’m just in love with this multitasking product.
BeautyBio GloPRO regeneration tool
helps increase collagen (and the plump factor) by slightly injuring the skin, causing your skin to produce more collagen as a line of defense against self-inflicted “injury”. It also helps open up your pores, allowing your serums to penetrate deeper.
Isle of Paradise Day Dew self-tanning facial mist
This Isle of Paradise facial mist is packed with brightening Vitamin C, soothing Rosemary Leaf Oil, plumping Glycerin and moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid. There is also cocoa seed oil to protect your skin from harmful blue light. You get a gradual, natural-looking glow. One reviewer said the self-tanner made them look like they had “a full face with filler.”
Pixi Collagen Plumping Mask
The volume-enhancing collagen mask from Pixi provides an immediate pick-me-up
is the quick fix that will brighten your complexion in no time (and it’s actually affordable.) The creamy 15-minute mask is enriched with nourishing and moisturizing ingredients like arginine and botanical collagen to improve elasticity and give skin a new look to impart healthy looking shine.
The Route Beauty The Girlfriend Skin Loving Glow Primer
This versatile skincare prime hybrid
is my first choice when my skin looks a little less prominent and a little sunken. It smoothes the texture and fills in fine lines, leaving skin looking plumper, hydrated and even. It’s also an excellent option for sensitive skin.