Botox – the Ugly Truth
Eddie Codel Photography
If you’re reading this, the chances are you have more than a passing interest in anti-ageing and you’ve possibly toyed with the idea of using Botox and/or fillers. DON’T! While on some people the effects can look terrific, once you start the fact is, you won’t be able to stop. It’s a slippery slope to the Bride of Wildenstein. Not only does it become addictive but injecting unknown substances into your face is simply not good for you, it’s common sense. Like smoking, it took too many years for the world to wake up to the fact that inhaling nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar has dreadful, often fatal effects. Smoking causes lung cancer, mouth cancer, skin cancer, bladder cancer, heart failure not to mention terrible premature ageing. When will Botox and filler come with a warning label? Both of these substances (and they cover a wealth of others) are still in their infancy. They have been popular for approximately 15 years now, it is the next 50 years that will see harmful results and they won’t be pretty (in many cases they aren’t now).
Reasons NOT to have Botox:
Do you know exactly what Botox is? It is a toxin which is a purified derivative of botulinum toxin A made from a deadly poison! You are considering putting this into your face. You only have one face! Let’s start with the minor health conditions it causes. Botox can cause headaches, pain and flu-like symptoms.
Additionally, much more dangerous than a wonky eyebrow or slight drop in your eyelids is this nasty toxin Botox travelling into the CNS (Central Nervous System) of your body, this can cause long term damage. While we don’t agree with testing on animals, many large laboratories have tested Botox and derivative substances on rats and mice injecting into one area and then following its journey. Imagine your nervous system being paralysed? The fact is Botox relaxes muscles so think about it – what are the long term effects? If Botox goes wrong could it paralyse for good or relax vital internal muscles? Well, we’d rather risk it not thank you.
Botox can also cause breathing problems leading to death if too much is injected. This was reported last year by Joel Schlessinger a Medical Author who warned that products such as Dysport, Myobloc, and Xeomin (derivatives) can cause problems. He also warned against pregnant women using this treatment and those allergic to eggs because combined with allergies and hormones effects can be dangerous. Don’t listen to the arguments that Botox is licensed in the UK on the NHS for medical treatments – this is true and for certain treatments such as muscular illness it is used but it is not used for removing wrinkles. It is used to help children with cerebral palsy to relax muscles, cure facial ticks and writer’s cramp, where those afflicted with these problems use it as a last resort.
It is expensive, approximately £180 per area – you are far better off and safer to invest in high quality natural skincare, which, with careful and continued use will reduce your fine lines, plump up and hydrate skin and keep your skin free from toxins. Using our Naturology anti-aging range including Stem Cell Active Youth moisturiser, Age Reform Night Cream and the Age-Defying Vitamin C Serum will make a huge difference to how youthful your skin looks. Our products are feeding your skin with goodness, no toxins and certainly not a dangerous, powerful toxin such as botulism.
Look at those actors and actresses on TV – it’s not just Hollywood who have succumbed to Botox and filler but our day to day actors, the newsreaders and weathermen. No longer can they raise their eyebrows when acting a dramatic scene which spoils the effects for others watching them. We are all watching frozen faces and strange looking people over the age of 45 with line-free faces coupled with wrinkled necks and hands! We all need expression; we need people to read our own faces.
- SHORT TERM PARALYSIS
Apart from droopy eyes, foreheads which have been over injected look completely flat. You might feel like you want to move your eyebrows upwards but you’re stuck! It’s an uncomfortable sensation not being able to move your face. You could be paralysed for a while, up to a couple of months if you’ve been over-injected.
Take a look around you – there are so many people as well as celebrities with botched Botox! It’s one thing to end up looking permanently startled or with a wonky eyebrow but more severe problems include very droopy eyelids (which make you look tired, older and can interfere with vision), trout pouts (too much filler) and a face that resembles a pillow. Practitioners who have little experience can make some faces look lumpy and bumpy due to their inability to inject in the right places. Do you really want to risk all the above? It can take months to rectify and once Botox and fillers wear off you are often left looking worse than you though you did because lines and wrinkles become even more defined.
Let’s name a few celebrity mistakes:
- Lesley Ash
- Amanda Holden
- Jackie Stallone
- Simon Cowell
- Joan Rivers (RIP)
- Kylie Minogue
- Pete Burns
- Lynne Franks PR
- Nicole Kidman
- Donatella Versace
- Renee Zellweger
So hopefully you will banish that idea for good and at least try a great skin regime with a reputable brand. At Naturology we promise you at least 94% natural goodness in all of our skincare. Our skincare is tried and tested (just take a look at what others are saying about our lotions and potions!) We only use the best ingredients so give yourself one month using our cleansers, toners, serums and moisturiser – use everything religiously and see if we can’t knock 5 to 10 years off you, naturally!
- Mark Wallace