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Botox might seem like something from a foreign world to you, but according to experts Australians received 1.5 million injections of Botox and similar substances last year. The use of Botox and other cosmetic procedures is definitely on the rise, especially in young women.
So what is Botox and is it for you? Or is there something similar you could use for the same results that isn’t quite so invasive.
Find out below.
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic. In it’s natural environment Botox is relatively harmless, problems can arise however if the bacteria starts producing botulinum toxin, the deadly neurotoxin responsible for botulism. In high concentrations botulism toxins can cause death, but regardless of it’s cost and toxicity Botox is a highly sought after commodity. Botulinium toxin is injected into humans in incredibly small doses for mainly cosmetic reasons as it stops signals from nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralysing them. This prevents frowning and squinting which often leads to premature signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is also used in some cases for eye squints, migraines, excessive sweating and leaky bladders.
Botox is administered into humans by mixing the powder with saline and making small injections directly into the neuromuscular tissue. The process is usually not particularly painful, more like a series of sharp pricks into the desired area. It can take up to 48 hours to take full effect. A unit of Botox will set you back around $250, one unit will do your forehead or your eye area so if you want more than one area done you’re looking upwards of $500. Results will last anywhere from four to twelve months depending on your skin.
Injections with Botox are generally well tolerated with few side effects but it can cause the below:
– Mild Pain
– Temporary Eye or Brow Drooping
– Blurred Vision
If you’re a bit concerned about injecting the botulinium toxin into your body, rest assured – there are some natural alternatives that claim to do the very same thing Botox promises, slowing down the visible signs of ageing.
Best selling product of UK luxury skincare brand, V-Tox claims to be the Natural Alternative to Botox. Linda Meredith herself has been in the beauty industry for 40 years and has catered to the likes of Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsdale, Gwenyth Paltrow, Madonna & Victoria Beckham. When asked by her celebrity clients for a natural alternative to Botox, she herself couldn’t name one – so she decided to create one.
V-tox boasts Neuropeptides, naturally derived from Algae that prevents the skin forming frown lines when the muscles contract. The end result is smoother, more youthful looking skin without the dreaded ‘frozen’ look Botox can sometimes give. Relax your skin and de-stress wrinkled areas with this luxurious botanical cream – the perfect alternative to Botox!
Check out the whole Linda Meredith range, new to RY here.
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