While I don’t consider myself a holistic or natural esthetician, I do err on the side of caution, and Botox is one of those things I’m cautious of.
If it’s something you do and love, it makes YOU feel good, who cares? Keep doing it.
I’m just not convinced of Botox’s benefits when starting young and I’ll tell you why
Most 20-somethings don’t have wrinkles at rest. Wrinkles at rest are static wrinkles, the lines that stay when your face isn’t moving. Of course, it’s possible when you’re young, but more than likely the fine lines you believe you have are due to other things within your control.
That’s a huge positive! Starting too soon, before you have wrinkles, is pretty much a waste of money. Just because you’re expressive doesn’t mean you need to get injected right away. More like keep an eye on it, take care of your skin topically and through diet, and get injections when you see problems arise.
I’m in the camp of doing everything in your power to maintain and prevent without expensive medical treatments until later in life.
I mean think of all the MONEY you will SAVE! Botox isn’t cheap!
Total sidebar but have you ever thought about why you really want it?
There’s a social aspect to being able to afford Botox (or any other pricy treatment like lasers or microneedling) The whole have and have-not’s bit. Even if it’s subconscious, being able to indulge in pricey beauty treatments sends a message to our peers.
Just saying, thinking that one over and being honest with ourselves could save us some money, too.
Anyway… Enough with socio-economics hahaha
Here are 2 things to try before running to the med spa that could save you a bunch of money. As I like to say, more money to spend on my other beauty junkie needs!
the first: dehydration
If your skin is dry and dehydrated you’re going to feel like you seemingly aged overnight. Dehydrated, crispy skin will always look older than plump, hydrated skin. That’s because everything is accentuated when we’re dehydrated.
Expression lines turn into fine lines, fine lines seem deeper, pores look more pronounced.
It’s an easy fix, one that should be addressed topically.
First, use the right moisturizer for your skin condition. I’ve been using my Sarah Nicole Skincare Nourishing Cream religiously and it really helps keep the barrier balanced and moisture locked in. Actually, I’ve been testing it against my OG Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore and it’s performing JUST as well. Super pumped about that!
Next, buy yourself a hyaluronic acid serum. I still use Skinceuticals HA Intensifier, but there are a lot of great ones out there.
Hyaluronic acid holds 1000x it’s weight in water and pulls moisture from your environment. If you’re in a dry climate, look for glycerin based hydrating serums.
Be aware of how often you’re exfoliating, using retinol, harsh products, even using a cleanser that’s wrong for your skin type.
the second: sugar
When we consume too much sugar it shows on our skin. In regards to Botox and how this fits in, too much sugar can enhance fine lines/wrinkles on our forehead. I’m actually experiencing this one as I write this!
I have an expressive face, especially my forehead, and I know it will be my trouble area as I grow older. When I’m dehydrated my expression lines become fine lines. But when I have too much sugar? MAAAANNNN do those fine lines become deeper! More like baby wrinkle.
When I’m really good about watching my sugar intake those lines disappear within a few days.
This is something I picked up from Dr. Nigma Talib’s book Younger Skin Starts in the Gut, one of many things I’ve found to ring true with myself and clients. Check out my IG post here. The second photo is a diagram of what Dr. Nigma calls “sugar face”. It is spot on for me!
These are the guidelines I stay within, it’s fairly simple:
I aim for no more than 25g sugar per day. All sugar causes inflammation but certain types aren’t as bad, like low-glycemic coconut sugar, natural sugars like honey or agave, and whole fruits since their sugars are attached to fiber. Sugar alcohols and refined sugars are a hard no for me!
Well, unless I’m cheating… which happens quite often. Sticking to an 80/20 rule is hard. I find if I stick with it my skin stays bouncy, bright and dewy!
These solutions are best for determining your baseline and how bad your damage is, for prevention, and to alleviate symptoms you may already be experiencing. Botox has its place, but maybe not as soon as you may have originally thought.
And there you have it, 2 easy tricks to try before dropping the credit card down. xx