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6 Alternatives to Try Before Getting Botox

Botox, known and loved by many, is one of the most common ways to ward off wrinkles and help you appear younger. When injected, Botox goes into your muscles which keeps the muscle from contracting, making it appear smoother and relaxed. However, Botox treatments can be expensive, invasive, and sometimes not be done properly. The treatments are also not permanent, so you will have to get numerous treatments done regularly to keep your younger appearance up to date. If you’ve considered getting Botox injections, try these 6 alternatives before you do so and see if you safe yourself the time, money and headache.

1. FaceXercise

FaceXercise is a technique that uses cupping and facial exercises to help increase blood flow and circulation in your skin. It’s loved by many top celebs like Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Aniston, but considered expensive, ranging from $200-$480 per session. FaceXercise is also known to work out the lymphatic system to rid your skin of toxins. It’s an all-natural way to look younger and does not require any needles or injections.

2. Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is a fairly new treatment in the anti-aging world, the procedure has been around for years. It shows be to very promising. One study has shown that acupuncture as an anti-aging shield is shown to help improve hydration and improve skin elasticity, both of which can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and help fight off other signs of aging. If you’re considering acupuncture, make sure you go to a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in facial treatments. Acupuncture does use needles, so it’s only a good alternative to getting Botox as long as you’re not afraid of them.

3. Face Patches

We all have seen our favorite YouTube beauty gurus using under-eye face patches to help ward off bags and crow’s feet. They’re onto something! Face patches, like ones applied under your eyes or around your mouth, are used to help smooth out wrinkles with super hydration and retinol. Types of patches like these are easy to find and inexpensive, but they are not a permanent solution.

4. Vitamins

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to help your skin is by taking vitamins and supplements. Key nutritional supplements can help boost collagen productions and help pump your skin full of antioxidants to fight off free radicals. You can get your vitamins from Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, anywhere; they are easily accessible and affordable. Be sure to get a vitamin from a reputable source, with high-quality ingredients and look for an FDA approved seal. The best vitamins you get take to help boost your skin’s appearance are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A.

5. Facial Creams

Although you probably already have a skincare routine that works for you and you have an anti-aging cream you think is best, not all skincare facial creams are made the same. Make sure you’re using products that are cell regulators and full of antioxidants. They have a direct effect in collagen production and the speed at which your cells regenerate. You can find a range of products to choose from almost anywhere these days, suitable for any budget. However, depending on your skincare concerns, you might want to speak with a skincare specialist or dermatologist to get some real insight in what your skin needs and what will work for you.

6. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the fastest ways to see anti-aging results. You can see healthy results in as early as one day, but they do require some recovery time. They are used to treat acne, help with skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation, and reduce signs of aging. Considered safe and effective but not permanent. You do need to see a skincare specialist to have one done and they do require some amount of recovery time, so make sure you’re seeing someone reputable and you give yourself enough time to recover, no major events or outings!

Before You Go Under the Knife, Know Your Risks!

We’ve all heard the saying, “Pain is Beauty”, but why should we overlook the risks of cosmetic surgery to look younger? Cosmetic and plastic surgery is becoming more and more common among women, but you need to be sure you’re really considering the risk factors before you go under the knife. Have you done everything you can to avoid surgery? Even with all the technological developments and progress surrounding cosmetic correction, there is still room for human error.  There are many risks involved, so make sure you’re well versed in what could happen after your surgery and educate yourself on the negative side effects of invasive procedures. Here are the top 7 side effects to know.

1. Surgical Risks

Just like with a medication prescribed by your doctor, the laundry list of side effects and possible risks is endless when it comes to surgery. Like aforementioned human error, when a surgeon can leave a surgical tool inside your body and sew it up or your body can reject an implant causing complications. You can also experience nerve damage, skin neurosis, pigmentation problems, swelling, scarring, and blood clots. Not only do smokers need more time to heal, smoking can cause cardiovascular problems while under anesthesia. Even when you’re open on the table, you can go into shock, cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

2. Financial Burden

Not only do you need to fund your cosmetic procedure, you also need to take time off work to heal and make a full recovery.  You can get away with a few days off if you’re doing something small, but major invasive procedures sometime take weeks of rest. If you’ve financed your procedure, you’re also adding a monthly payment to your bills. The cost of a procedure will be more expensive the more invasive it is and with the experience of your doctor, so consider a huge financial loss before you make the surgical commitment.

3. Emotional Toll

If your cosmetic procedure doesn’t go as planned, it could take a huge emotional toll on your mental health. Half the patients who get work done leave feeling underwhelmed or unfulfilled. Sometimes the procedure doesn’t yield the results you might be expecting, so you could potentially have resentment towards yourself or your doctor.

4. Botched Work

While it might make good reality tv, botched cosmetic surgeries are probably the worst risk of cosmetic surgery. You can prepare and save to have a procedure done, do the research and find a good, reputable doctor, make all the necessary preparations you need to take time off to recover, and your surgery can still not go according to plan. Not only does it take a huge emotional toll on you, it also more than likely results in more surgeries to make the corrections. If your surgery ended up really botched, you could now be dealing with distortions and pain. Do your research on the surgeon you choose and really consider other non-invasive routes before risking botched surgeries.

5. Pain

Cosmetic surgery can bring on a multitude of physical pain such a vomiting, nausea, headaches and muscle pains. As you heal, your pain can go away, but sometimes it doesn’t. You run the risk of having on-going, permanent pain when you get a cosmetic procedure done. You will also have inflammation and pain at the incision site if you’re under-going a major surgery. Healing time varies from person to person, just as side effects do, so make sure you’re honest with your doctor when you’re feeling any kind of discomfort.

6. Blood Loss

Large amounts of blood loss can lead to organ failure and death. This is one of the most common and feared side effects when you’re undergoing surgery. Whether it be cosmetic or health related, large amounts of blood loss can be indicative of something going severely wrong on the operating table and a huge risk to take to look younger. It’s rare but real!

7. Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can happen to anything when you’re undergoing surgery, not just medication. Make sure you know the risks of what could happen when you’re exposed to something that you’re allergic to and most importantly, know ALL your allergies. You could have an allergic reaction to a certain kind of metal used during your surgery or latex gloves. Allergic reactions to pain medications are most common after surgeries, so if you have one, you might have to live with post-surgical pain.

6 Anti-Aging Practices to Start at Any Age

Even in our late 20s, we should be thinking about ways to help keep our healthy and youthful glow for as long as possible. These 6 anti-aging hacks are ways you can prolong the aging process and start at any age. Who knows what kinds of things we would be willing to do when we’re older to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? So, let’s begin now, and prime our skin for the future.

1. Moisturize

We’ve all heard the best thing for our bodies is water, and that’s not told to us from a child for no reason. Moisturizing and hydrating your body promote detoxification and helps us feel our best. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, add fresh fruit if you’re struggling and want to change it up. Apply lotion when your skin is dry, or you live in a cold climate. Remember to hydrate yourself when you’re sick.

2. Anti-inflammatories

If you’re struggling to consume omega-3 fatty acids or don’t like fish, consider taking an anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories improve heart and immune health, keep our skim looking young and youthful and help our hair and nails grow. Also note, look for an anti-inflammatory supplement that is “molecularly distilled for purity”, or free of pesticides.

3. Wear make up

Not only does make up make us look younger, it also acts as a second barrier between our skin and free radicals. As you get older, lighten up your eyes with neutral colors, ditch the dark liner and concentrate on lengthening your lashes. Stick with nude or berry lip colors and invest in a good lip scrub. Consider using a bronzer for a more sun-kissed appearance and move your blush application to the tops of your cheek bones rather than the apples.

4. Eat more colorful foods

Antioxidants are nature’s best way to prevent free radicals from penetrating our skin and making us age. Eat more colorful foods that are high in antioxidants, like berries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not only do they help you prevent aging, but they also help fight other diseases.

5. Use an anti-aging product with Retinol

Retinoids, or over the counter Retinol, is the only proven ingredient to help fight aging. Find a product over the counter first and make it the foundation of your skincare routine. Remember to remove your make up each night and wash your face beforehand. If you think you might already see signs of aging, consider talking to your dermatologist about getting a prescription strength Retinol cream, like Retin-A.

6. Sun Damage

Wear a sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are our skin’s worst enemy. Reapply your sunscreen as directed and limit sun exposure. Overexposure can lead to sunspots, skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.