Natural Alternatives to BotoxNovember 29, 2012
Age is beauty and wisdom. Therefore, wrinkles and laugh lines should be cherished and seen as marks of beauty, of a life truly lived. However, in an ever increasingly ageist world, more and more people want to stop the natural aging process, making Botox and face-lifts a popular trend. These dangerous procedures have many downsides, so are they truly worth the risk? Besides health risks and extreme side effects, a common side effect is that you lose your skin’s elasticity that allows for facial movements and expression of emotions, important aspects in body language and non-verbal communication. Harsh chemical peels shouldn’t be the answer, either. If you look in the mirror and aren’t one hundred percent okay with what the years you’ve lived have done to your skin, try some of these natural alternatives before heading under the needle or knife or using any harsh, dangerous chemicals.
Facial Rejuvenating Acupuncture:
There is one needle that is okay to find yourself under. Instead of opting for expensive and dangerous Botox injections, opt for a facial acupuncture treatment instead. By inserting needles into your face during an acupuncture appointment, any unsightly bags under your eyes will start to diminish. Additionally, the skin in the neck that can start to sag as you age will tighten. Facial rejuvenating acupuncture helps to reverse the signs of aging through tightening your pores and improving the blood flow. It is a natural procedure, so your personality can still glow underneath your youthful looking skin. For best results, it may require multiple visits.
Products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids:
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) rejuvenate the skin, helping you to look more radiant and younger. They work by removing dead skin cells, allowing for the newer, younger skin to come to light. They also moisturize the skin and improve the appearance of skin by smoothing and firming it. Acids that including in the AHA group are citric acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid, which are often the acids found in chemical peels. However, you can find products containing AHAs that will provide the rejuvenating effects without the harshness of a traditional chemical peel.
Other helpful ingredients/products:
Finding products that will support your own body’s collagen and elastin production will help keep your skin firm and youthful. Vitamins A, B, and C all help the body to produce more collagen and elastin. CoQ10, keratin, and natural plant oils, like lupin seed extract and castor oil, also support collagen production. Any product with strong antioxidants like green tea, pomegranate and several fruits will support skin health by fighting free radicals that can cause aging. Even putting natural fruit juices directly onto the skin can help, like rubbing a cut grape or fresh juice from an apple or pineapple directly onto your face. Just let the juice sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. Rubbing the pure juice onto your face will provide your skin the vitamins and antioxidants found within the fruit, combating wrinkles and supporting your skin.
Along with using these age-reducing specific products and tips, prevention is also key. A healthy diet, plenty of sleep, a good skin care regime including moisturizer, and using sun protection will all help minimize the affects of age. However, if you do feel you need to erase a few years from your face, opt for one of these healthy, natural alternatives. Remember that you are beautiful and the lines and wrinkles in your face should be embraced as memories of the remarkable life you have led. Smile, and let your laugh lines show—even if they are lessened a bit by one of the above beauty methods---
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