When it comes to skincare, you'd think that actual royals would settle for nothing less than the "royal treatment." If I had to put a price point on Kate Middleton's skincare routine, I'd guess something in the thousands. After all, her skin looks impeccable. Fillers and at least $500 have to be involved, right?
Wrong, apparently. According to a report from Elite Daily, the Duchess of Cambridge's secret-weapon skincare product is an organic "botox gel" that retails for under $60. Apparently, Middleton is so obsessed with the product that she turned First Lady Michelle Obama onto it, too. Michelle Obama's makeup artist, Carl Ray, says she "has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton." According to Ray, the product has been working miracles to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Fascinated to learn more about this British serum? Keep scrolling to find out how it works (and where you can buy it).
Here's the story behind the serum: It's sold by UK brand Biotulin and contains a natural anesthetic ingredient from the Acmella oleracea plant, commonly known as paracress. This ingredient promises to inhibit muscle contractions around the eyes, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, just like Botox. The formula also contains another South American plant extract known for its intense moisturizing properties, as well as hydrating favorite hyaluronic acid.
With most over-the-counter skincare products, you have to wait several weeks to see results. But according to Biotulin, you might notice your skin looking firmer and smoother just an hour after application. The Botox-like effect lasts for up to 24 hours, especially if you reapply regularly throughout the day, which the brand recommends.
Unlike Botox, however, the product does not alter sensation, restrict facial expressions, or cause any side effects. It also doesn't contain botulinum toxin (the key ingredient in Botox and similar injectables). So, if injectables scare you, you might try this affordable, royal-approved option. You can buy the product on Biotulin's website, and they ship internationally.