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A tad droop­ier here…a bit flab­bier there… we’re all feel­ing the con­fi­dence-sap­ping

ef­fects of age. So it’s no shock that mil­lions of women opt to go un­der the knife for a lit­tle nip and tuck. But the cost, pain and down­time of cos­metic surg­eries aren’t for every­one.



Women ages 40 to 50 now fa­vor breast lifts over im­plants by a ra­tio of 2-to-1, the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Plas­tic Sur­geons re­ports. Why? Lift surgery tight­ens the tis­sue sur­round­ing the bo­som and re­moves ex­cess skin for perkier, plumper breasts that look nat­u­ral. Down­sides: Re­cov­ery is two weeks, it costs about $5,000 and the surgery can cause scar­ring.

AT-HOME HERO: A firm­ing cream with CoQ10 Ap­plied top­i­cally, coen­zyme Q10 (a po­tent an­tiox­i­dant) ab­sorbs deeply into skin to in­crease col­la­gen and elastin pro­duc­tion—and this firms chest skin for a lifted ap­pear­ance, says der­ma­tol­o­gist Joshua Ze­ich­ner, M.D. Re­search also shows that daily ap­pli­ca­tion of CoQ10 cream makes skin 26 per­cent smoother within six weeks for a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance. Just mas­sage cream (like Der­m­elect Cleav­age Con­tour Cream, $40 for 4 oz., Der­m­ onto the chest twice a day for a boosted bust in three to six weeks.

So FIRST con­sulted a panel of the top skin and makeup ex­perts for at-home tips and tricks that can turn back the clock for a frac­tion of the price—no re­cov­ery time needed. Here, the pain-free al­ter­na­tives that will have you look­ing and feel­ing 15 years younger!


PRICEY PRO­CE­DURE: Sclerother­apy

Spi­der veins are such a com­mon con­cern that last year alone, women in the United States spent $97 mil­lion on vein-min­i­miz­ing treat­ments. The pro­ce­dure in­volves in­ject­ing the web­like veins with a chem­i­cal that dam­ages and scars the in­side lin­ing of the vein so it closes, which forces blood flow to reroute. It takes three or four ses­sions to com­pletely fade vein clus­ters, at a cost of up to $2,000.

AT-HOME HERO: Horse ch­est­nut cream

Horse ch­est­nut seed ex­tract has been shown to strengthen the weak­ened blood ves­sels that leak and lead to spi­der veins. “It also pro­motes healthy blood flow to pre­vent pool­ing,” says Dr. Ze­ich­ner. Plus, stud­ies show that anti-in­flam­ma­tory aescin in horse ch­est­nut works to re­store vein health. Sim­ply rub a cream (like Plan­e­tary Herbals Horse Ch­est­nut Cream, $13 for 4 oz., onto veins twice a day for results in six weeks.

Sofía Ver­gara

SMART STAT FAN FA­VORITE Sofía gets the award for “best breasts”— plas­tic sur­geons report that the Mod­ern Fam­ily star’s bo­som tops their most-re­quested list

Christie Brink­ley

SOUND OFF GLAM GAMS “Light­weight stock­ings make ev­ery­thing look smooth,” says Christie of her key

to in­stant wow

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