Saying No To The Needle: Skin Boosting Alternatives To Botox
Statistics tell us that there are 7.4 million Botox procedures annually, a figure that continues to rise as the treatment grows in popularity.
Whilst the wrinkle blasting treatment works for many, it isn’t necessarily something everybody wants to try. It’s minimally invasive, but still invasive and can cost hundreds of pounds depending on how much you have, and how regularly top-up.
Botox is also clinically safe but it is, at its most basic, a toxin, and not everybody wants those kinds of chemicals injecting into their skin.
The good news is, if you don’t want Botox treatment there are a multitude of great alternatives you can try. Alternatives that are needle-free, and in many cases, are entirely natural too. Let’s take a look at just some of the alternatives to Botox available to you:
Face masks are great for targeting different skin issues and giving yourself a little bit of luxury ‘me time’ too. On the higher end of the scale, there are anti-ageing face masks that cost a lot and liken their effects to that of a beauty clinic treatment. These could be a great regular treat if you find one that works well for you.
For a cheaper and more natural alternative, there are many natural face masks you can make for little money and effort. Here’s a great recipe for a lovely warming vegan lentil mask that moisturises and reduces common signs of ageing:
- Grind half a cup of red lentils in a food processor until they make a fine powder
- Combine warm water with the powder slowly until you make a fine paste
- Remove any makeup from your skin
- Sit in a steamy warm shower for ten minutes to open up the pores, or apply a warm moist towel to the skin
- Apply the lentil paste to your skin and leave it to dry
- Gently remove the dried paste with warm water
- Follow with a splash of cold water to close the pores
Face Massaging & Contouring
Self massage and facial exercising is thought to be popular amongst celebrities who use it as part of a daily skincare regime. It can also be done by a professional, but sessions can be expensive.
At its least it is a great way to apply creams, and boost blood flow and oxygen to your face, plumping the skin and giving you a lovely glow. At the most, some people swear by it for tightening the facial muscles and helping delay the natural effects of ageing. Checkout this video to see a demonstration of anti-ageing facial massage.
An Excellent Skin Routine
Taking care of your skin is a preventative method that can not only reduce the wrinkles you do have, but stop them getting worse, and stop new ones appearing. Here’s a rough idea of what a good morning skin routine looks like:
- Cleanse the skin thoroughly, avoiding foaming cleansers which can strip the skin of moisture
- Exfoliate in a way that suits your skin. Some people may do best with a weekly microdermabrasion style exfoliation, whereas others can use a daily low glycolic acid cleanser
- Apply serum which sinks into the skin to firm, renew and protect it from free radicals
- Moisturise using a lightweight cream that is suitable for your skin type, paying special attention to the décolletage and neck
- Apply some eye cream that works on any specific issues you have. Some target dark circles and other reduce puffiness.
- If your moisturiser didn’t contain SPF you should apply some light SPF cream or powder at the very end of your routine. Jennifer Aniston states not wearing SPF as one of her biggest skincare regrets from her younger years, and that is one echoed by many women in their 40’s. It’s never too late to start!
Sometimes the skin can look lacklustre and a older than it should because we do not have the vitamins we need. Boosting your vitamin intake is a really great idea and you can do it with a better diet, and with the addition of supplements. Key vitamins that boost skin health and appearance include:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
Here’s a recipe for a skin boosting smoothie to help you get started creating gorgeous skin from the inside out.
Drink More Water
Skin is the biggest organ in the entire body, and as dehydration affects our organs inside profoundly, it can do the same with our skin. If you are dehydrated you may experience premature ageing, flaky skin, rough skin, irritated skin and redness.
Dehydrated skin can also be ineffective at fighting off free radicals, another big contributing factor to the signs of ageing in the skin. Drinking more water and herbal teas is a really easy way to plump your skin, and rejuvenate its tone, without having to do very much at all. Aim for around 8 glasses a day to keep your hydration levels high.
Whilst acupuncture does involve needles, they are very small and you don’t really feel them being placed. A slight tingling is all acupuncture fans usually report during their treatment.
Acupuncture for the skin works by looking at the whole body and treating it, thinking of any skin issues as signs and symptoms of problems elsewhere. Once those problems are balanced, the skin can become plumper, more balanced in tone, brightened and rejuvenated overall.
Take a look at this video of facial acupuncture to see the treatment in action.
Face patches and strips are a recent product featured in various media articles about non-invasive anti-ageing options. They can contain various serums, acids and other ingredients that are said to relax wrinkles and help smooth the appearance of fine lines. The effectiveness of these kinds of products is definitely not proven so do try them with an open mind, and do only use approved and tested products that are safe to use.
Chemical peels provided by a qualified clinician can improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They remove old skin, and so allow the fresh, plumper skin underneath to be on the surface.
Peels can be very gentle and minimal in their effect on the skin, or they can be more intensive.
Deeper peels work by creating a wound which is controlled, and new skin grows, replacing wrinkled skin.
Which type of peel is best for your needs depends on your expectations, budget and skin type. Whichever treatment you want, you should always consult a qualified professional to do it so that it is safe, and you get the best results.
You Can Have Younger Looking Skin Without Botox
The global anti-ageing market is worth over $50 billion US dollars because so many of us want to fight premature signs of ageing. Whilst Botox is a part of that market, it doesn’t have to be the solution you use to get a rejuvenated look.
Consider the different suggestions above and give them a try. You could get smoother, plumper, younger looking skin without the need for invasive, expensive treatments.