Lately, the number of people diving Botox – which is Botulinum Toxin has increased dramatically. What is even more shocking is that most of them are under 30 years old and surely do not need it. These days, there is such a strong desire to look as perfect as the airbrushed images that grace magazine covers that people will go to any length to achieve perfection.
Only five years ago, the word ‘Botox’ was only heard among rich and famous circles. Not anymore! Nowadays Botox is accessible to almost everyone and can be administered by anyone with a medical background who has undergone training.
Only last week I was shocked to find out my hygienist is qualified to give Botox injections. Botox is now so popular that people no longer worry about the negative effects it can have on one’s body.
People even go as far as hosting Botox parties. 20 something-year-olds are lining up for injections. Can you believe that?
If you would rather not use Botox and are looking for a natural alternative then read on. Here are five alternatives to Botox to help you look fantastic.
1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – these include citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and a few others. They are a natural alternative to Botox and can be applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells, improve the appearance of the skin and also moisturize it. They more or less peel the top layer of your skin off to reveal younger, newer skin underneath.
2. Coconut oil – yes you read that right. Coconut oil is excellent oil that can rebuild your skin tissue both internally and on the outside too. Damaged tissues are the cause of wrinkles and coconut oil helps combat them by hydrating and rebuilding connective tissues.
3. Omnilux Light Therapy – in 1996 a British cancer researcher called Dr. Colin Whitehurst discovered that the skin around skin cancer legions was becoming rejuvenated while he was using photodynamic light to activate photo-sensitive drugs on skin cancers. Unlike other similar treatments, Omnilux does not cause any injury or residual skin damage.
Treatments like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy more or less cause micro-trauma which destroys the skin tissue so that the skin issues a healing response. Omnilux also does not use any harmful UVA or UVB rays, another bonus to this treatment.
4. Aloe Gel: Aloe gel is the most potent natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids. It contains between one and three percent of AHAs.
5. Coenzyme Q10 – When taken orally, a daily dose of 100 to 300 milligrams can act as an antioxidant and energizer that may prevent many of the bad effects of sunlight exposure.
Using these natural alternatives, you can restore your skin without the need for poison-filled injections.