Should I Get Botox?

“Should I get Botox” is a question that I get asked A LOT! I know that some of you get Botox, so please know that this blog post is strictly for educational purposes only, and that my space here remains judgement free, as always.

What is Botox? 

Botox, also known as Botulinum Toxin, is one of the strongest neurotoxins known on the planet. Often used for cosmetic purposes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging, Botox is injected into the muscles of face. There are no real studies that show the long-term effects of injecting a neurotoxin into your face, especially when it’s close to your brain. Personally, the idea of it makes me fearful for later down the road. To me, that’s not worth the risk of having an ageless face. Our intricate being that is our body deserves more than that kind of vanity.

How It Works 

When injected into the muscle, Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. This causes a temporary paralysis of the injected muscle, preventing it from being able to contract and therefore, reduces the appearance of wrinkles. This way of minimizing the signs of aging is not natural. This temporary paralyzation of the facial muscles causes a restriction in the very vital flow of movement in the skin. This flow is necessary for long-term skin health and graceful aging. When we restrict blood flow and lymphatic flow in the skin, the skin cannot function optimally. In fact, it can’t successfully detoxify itself, or obtain the full amount of nutrients or oxygen from the blood that it needs. Because of this, the skin becomes dull, devitalized, and congested overtime. Each time the Botox wears off, you’ll notice the signs of aging more prominently, and you’ll continue wanting Botox again and again, until eventually your muscle becomes permanently paralyzed (and that’s also after a whole lot of neurotoxins).

Lastly, we want to choose treatments that support our nervous system, allowing us to enter into the parasympathetic nervous system. Painful treatments, like injections and chemical peels, cause the body to enter the sympathetic nervous system, which can actually cause the body to age faster in the long run. To learn more about how our nervous system and aging are connected, please read my previous post Anti-Aging Treatments and the Nervous System.

So What Are the Alternatives? 

✨Advanced Face Massage that includes lymphatic drainage, tension relief, connective tissue massage and fascial release. Through this, we stimulate the skin’s natural processes for natural flow and skin health.
✨LOTS of fruits and veggies and limited processed foods.
✨A minimalist skin care routine.
✨7-9 hours of sleep each night so your body can efficiently regenerate and detox.
✨Daily walks to increase circulation and activate lymphatic flow
✨Less stress. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), which breaks the body down (and collagen and elastin) when in this state too often.
✨Self love
✨Mindfulness/deep breathing
✨Creativity
✨Your form of spirituality to connect to your highest self

Face Massage is so powerful when it comes to graceful aging. When we naturally activate and stimulate the skin’s natural processes through advanced massage techniques, we:

✨increase lymphatic flow to improve detoxification.
✨increase the flow of vital fluids beneath the skin to nourish the skin.
✨stretch and release the connective tissue and fascial layer of the skin, naturally stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
✨relax the nervous system so the body has a chance to regenerate and heal.

Graceful aging should not ever have to negatively impact the skin, or any other part of the body for that matter. There are so many better, healthier alternatives that are far more enjoyable to experience. These alternatives will promote real graceful aging overtime, not just a toxic-load of temporary results.

Daily self massage is a good start. You don’t have to know what you’re doing in order to achieve results. Just start with whatever feels good and intuitive.

If you want to learn some more advanced techniques, I’ve been working on some online self massage workshops for you, so you can start seeing results at home through the power of your own touch. They’ll be launching soon, so stay tuned.

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About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care.