Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed. In the year 2003 there were 2,272,080 botox injections performed. The nationwide average of botox injections, per site, in 2005 was $382.00 - although in some areas the cost can go up to $700. Botox toxins cause muscles to be inactive. Therefore, you won't be able to do certain facial expressions.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and our overall health is reflected on it.
Let's explore healthier and more natural approaches.
Follow an Anti-aging Diet
Kick Bad Habits
- Don't smoke or overindulge in alcohol.
- Reduce your exposure to toxic substances such as air pollutants, herbicides and household chemicals including cleaning products. Use common sense and be aware of the environment around you. For example, stay inside as much as possible on smog alert days... avoid all harsh chemical products that cause skin irritation... choose natural alternatives whenever possible.
- Avoid exposing your skin to harsh detergent and antibacterial soaps, instead choosing milder, fragrance-free, chemical-free, natural cleansers. Another thing you can do to reduce the toxic load on your skin is go green in your home. Avoid cleaning products made from toxic ingredients. Personally, I really like the natural, green cleaning products made by Melaleuca.
Exercise for a Firmer Skin Tone
A healthy circulatory system delivers a better supply of blood and oxygen to tissue and skin. Exercise also promotes firm muscles, resulting in less cellulite. The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends at least three 20-minute aerobic workouts a week (e.g., brisk walking, bicycling or swimming) and three 30-minute strength training sessions. Don't forget to drink lots of water when you exercise. Dehydrated skin sags and is more vulnerable to damage from irritants of all kinds.
The more antioxidants and the fewer chemicals, the better, Choose simple, fragrance-free, dye-free products, such as naturally based soaps and moisturizers made with cucumber or calendula. For the best effect, use moisturizing creams immediately after bathing, when your skin is better able to absorb them.
Don't waste your money on expensive face creams that make false promises to banish wrinkles. A recent study in Consumer Reports (January 2007) found no difference between pricey products (which can cost literally hundreds of dollars per ounce) at upscale department stores, and economical drugstore brands. Also, other research shows that skin responds well to topical antioxidants. Choose skin care products that contain antioxidants such as vitamins C, A and E.
Alternate hot and cold water to tone your body and stimulate blood and oxygen flow. Intense heat will eliminate toxins through the skin, and cold water tightens pores, stimulating and invigorating both your skin and your mood. (Caution: This is not recommended for pregnant women or people with vascular problems such as hypertension.)
- Follow up a hot bath or shower with a 30-second cold rinse.
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