The quest for everlasting youth is an unending goal for many. Botox has been an expensive boon and I won’t lie, I’ve thought about having it too.

Botox, also known as Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxic protein that when it is injected into the face prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle (Nichols, 2017). This is where you get the joke that people who get botox cannot emote. That is not true, and overuse of botox causes this.

There have been many clamouring for over-the-counter botox that they can do themselves at home instead of getting it from a qualified doctor. Although, there have been many cases of people injecting themselves with black market botox, and even many other crazy products to achieve the same effect as Botox for cheaper or due to an addiction.

For now (and probably for the best), the FDA has not approved such products, and you need qualified doctors to administer them as Botox is still a neurotoxic protein. Key work Toxic. While one may think it’s easy and they can do it themselves. The truth is you can’t and you shouldn’t.

Although, that isn’t to say that many companies are working and have products that claim to mimic botox, or reduce wrinkles, and whatnot. Below are links to products that try to strive to become the “Over the counter Botox”.

[BoLCA+] Bolca Biotechnie Intensive Spot Serum

Midaskin a Korean Brand has a special ingredient, the Botulinum Polypeptide-1. Said to mimic Botox. You can buy it here.

Botulin Supreme Skin Gel

Boutlin is a product that claims you can looking younger within 60 minutes and boast loudly about Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and other celebrities’ endorsements. You can buy it here. and on Amazon.

Fillerina Dermo Cosmetic Filler Treatment

With three grades, they look like needles but they are not! They have a Gel filler and Nourishing Film to undergo a dramatic skin transformation. You can buy it here, on Amazon, and at the Dermastore and on their official site.

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer

This product is a concentrated gel that primes skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can buy it at Sephora and Amazon.

Dr. Brandt Needles No More Expression Line Smoother

Dr. Brandt envisioned an injection-free wrinkle-defying solution for the upper half of the face. You can buy it at Sephora, Amazon and the official site.

This is not to say that in the future, over-the-counter botox won’t be available. When there is a demand there is a way. Of course, not every product will work for people as our skin is sensitive. My advice is to get a professional opinion if you can and if you are introducing new products into your skincare. Do them one at a time. That way you’ll know which products are not working for you.

  • Nichols, H. (2017, August 15). Botox: How Does Botox Work? Retrieved from
  • The Dangers of Black Market Botox. (2016, November 30). Retrieved from

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