Botox can be downright scary, which may very well be why you’re Googling for a viable solution on what to try before Botox. 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. Personally, I’m unconvinced of Botox’s benefits when starting in your 20’s as a preventative measure, and I’ll tell you why
Most 20-somethings do not have wrinkles at rest. Wrinkles at rest are static wrinkles, the lines that stay when your face isn’t moving. Of course, it’s entirely possible for youthful skin to have wrinkles at rest, but more than likely the fine lines you believe you have are due to other things within your control. This is a huge positive!
Starting too soon, before you have true wrinkles, is pretty much a waste of money. Just because you’re expressive doesn’t mean you need to get injected right away. Better yet, keep an eye on it, take care of your skin topically and through diet, and get injections when you see problems arise. When it’s appropriate to the level of aging you’re experiencing and won’t have adverse effects from atrophying muscles.
I’m in the camp of doing everything in your power to maintain and prevent without expensive medical treatments until later in life. Whether that’s Botox, lasers, or any other expensive medical treatment. 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 affording Botox or any other pricy treatment like lasers or microneedling. The whole have and have-not’s bit, keeping up with the Jones’, caring about your community’s perception of your appearance instead of how you genuinely feel about your aesthetic. 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 and both physical and emotional pain, too. On that note, here are 2 things to try before booking your Botox appointment.
The first culprit “overnight” fine lines and wrinkles and concern for premature aging: dehydration.
If your skin is dehydrated, you’re going to feel like you seemingly aged overnight. Dehydrated, crispy skin will always look more aged than plump, hydrated skin. This is because everything is accentuated when we’re dehydrated. Expression lines turn into fine lines, fine lines seem deeper, pores look enlarged and more pronounced. For example, think about the last time you had one too many glasses of wine. The next morning, you probably didn’t have the best skin day.
It’s an easy fix and one that should be addressed topically. First, use the right moisturizer for your skin condition. Using a moisturizer like Nourishing Cream helps keep your skin barrier balanced and moisture locked in, minimizing the effects of dehydration.
Next, buy yourself a hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000x it’s weight in water and pulls moisture from your environment. La Roche Posay makes a great affordable option. If you’re in a dry climate, look for glycerin based hydrating serums, as hyaluronic acid will actually pull moisture from your skin, worsening your skin’s dehydration. Be aware of how often you’re exfoliating and if you’re reading this during the winter, you’ll want to read this article, too.
The second culprit of genuine premature aging that will seem to have appeared overnight: sugar.
When we consume too much sugar it shows on our skin. In regards to how this applies to Botox, over time sugar causes a process called glycation, the breakdown of collagen and elastin. An evening or two consuming large amounts of sugar can enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles overnight, predominantly on our forehead.
I have an expressive face, especially my forehead, and I know it will be my trouble area as I grow older. When dehydrated, my expression lines become fine lines. But when I indulge in too much sugar? Man do those fine lines become deeper! More like baby wrinkles. When I watch my sugar intake those lines disappear within a few days.
This is one of many things I found to ring true for both my clients and myself from Dr. Nigma Talib’s book Younger Skin Starts in the Gut. Below are diagrams of the various face types, including sugar face.
These are the guidelines I stay within to minimize my sugar intake, 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. Well, unless I’m cheating, which happens more often than I’d like to admit. Sticking to an 80/20 rule is hard. Although, I do find if I keep with it my skin stays bouncy, bright and dewy!
These two solutions are best for determining what your baseline is and how bad your premature aging truly is. They’re also great for preventative measures and to alleviate symptoms you may already be experiencing. Of course, Botox has its place but maybe not as soon as you may have originally thought.