Question: Since becoming forty I’ve noticed a real deterioration in my skin, with a number of lines and wrinkles appearing around my eyes and mouth. I’ve always prided myself on my healthy skin and this is concerning me so much I’m considering surgery.

Before I do though, I’d like to try one of these creams that claim to be ‘Botox’ alternatives. Pliatrol looks pretty good – what makes it reduce wrinkles so well?


Answer: While having Botox injections are not as invasive as plastic surgery, they are expensive and often leave the user with an unnaturally ‘frozen’ expression. Taking advantage of this fact, there are now a number of skin care manufacturers that claim to have produced creams that work just as well, although whether this is true is highly debatable.

Pliatrol is a fairly new addition to the skin care market and already states that it is the ‘#1 Botox Alternative’. The very brief website for the product lists ‘super anti-oxidants’ as ingredients, but does not say exactly what they are. The site also shows a couple of before and after shots of ‘real’ users, although the small print does admit that the results are dramatizations.

While it is great that the potential consumer can try a free 14-day trial of Pliatrol, which normally retails for a costly $99.99, they will be enrolled into an ‘auto-shipping’ program whereby they are sent and billed for the product every 30 days.

As anyone familiar with these types of programs may know, they can sometimes be impossible to cancel and lead to unwanted charges on your credit card.

If you do shop for an anti-wrinkle product in a health store, pharmacy or on the Internet, you’ll often find hundreds of different brands containing a confusing array of ingredients. You may be tempted to experiment with different products until you find one that works.

But this approach may be expensive. More importantly, not all products contain the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively promote long-term improvements on the appearance of wrinkles and an overall healthy complexion. That’s why you’ll need to do a little bit of research to find the best, most potent brand for your needs.

Lee Mann, our respected health and beauty expert, did a fantastic review on wrinkle creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprising.