Worrying about the ageing process? Stop and do this instead…
Question: Would you have botox in your 20’s?
A recent article in Grazia called ‘What’s the best age to have botox?’ got me thinking about the idea of self-improvement and the cost of it – financial and otherwise. To be clear, I’m all for self-improvement and living your best life. I’m not even against plastic surgery – as long as people are informed and are making decisions from a position of empowerment rather than societal pressure. But the article talked about getting preventative botox in your 20s! – with much more emphasis on the pros than the cons I might add.
Preventative botox is when you get the procedure to prevent wrinkles from ever appearing, rather than waiting for them to appear and then ‘fixing’ the problem
Considering botox only lasts for 3-4 months, you can imagine just how much this will cost the average person over the years (a real win-win situation for advertisers and practitioners).
The article included the following quote:
‘There’s been a marked rise in younger women seeking botox,’ says consultant facial plastic surgeon Professor Kambiz Golchin. ‘Today, I saw a 25-year-old and a 23-year-old. The Instagram generation is used to photographing their faces and scrutinising them in a way previous generations didn’t – it means they’re much more tuned in to how they look.’ This means more young people are getting botox to look good right now. But just how many wrinkles can a 20 year old have?
Also, how safe is botox really?
It’s considered to be one of the safer invasive treatments you can have, but a recent article in the Guardian reads: ‘A recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has raised fresh doubts about how Botox works in the body. Contrary to notions that it stays put at the injection site, researchers found evidence from animal tests that the drug was in fact able to move between nerve cells, raising the possibility that the same kind of migration could be occurring in humans. This isn’t a new concern. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a safety warning in 2009 that said the toxin “may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms of botulism”, including muscle weakness and difficulty breathing that can occur hours or weeks after an injection.’
Look, if maintaining a youthful appearance through botox works for you, then no shade! But there are some other (cheaper and less invasive) things that you can do now, that will keep you looking younger for longer…
Cut Out Excess Sugar
While those sugar-filled snacks or sodas might taste great, they could be destroying your general health. Excess sugar has been linked to various age-related medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. What’s more, they are also believed to contribute to cell aging. So, if you are keen to maintain a healthy AND wrinkle-free body, try cutting sugar out of your diet as much as possible.
Moisturise Every Day
You can reduce the appearance of deep lines by simply staying moisturised . It helps to trap water in the skin, which can deter wrinkles from forming. Pick a moisturiser that contains glycerine and/or hyaluronic acid, which can plump up dehydrated skin.
As I said, I’m not against getting procedures done that work for you. Another non-invasive treatment is Microdermabrasion. The procedure uses tiny crystals or other exfoliating surfaces to help remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells. People with uneven pigmentation, fine lines and clogged pores can benefit from the treatment and as a fan myself, I can say that it has worked wonders on my acne scarring.
Stay Out of the Sun
Overexposure to the sun will allow deep lines to form on your face and body, which can make you look much older than your age. You have two options to protect your skin: stay out of the sunshine or wear an effective sun lotion.
Losing your hair when you are young can give you the appearance of being older. After all, your hair forms part of your identity whether you are male or female. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants can help to restore your hair as the procedure involves selecting healthy follicular units (groups of hairs) and implanting them where you have hair loss. *Remember to do your research before committing to any long-term procedure.
Drink Lots of Water
Aim to drink between six to eight glasses of water per day, as it will hydrate your skin, improve its tone, and help you to retain supple skin. What’s more, it will also fuel your body, so you’ll be bursting with energy every day. If you hate drinking water, add fruit cordial into your glass, or consume fruits such as watermelon, which is made from 92% water.
A person’s telomeres will shrink as they age, which leads to cell death and can speed up the aging process. Various studies have found that people who regularly exercise will have longer telomeres than sedentary people who are ten years younger. Exercise can also reportedly reduce inflammation in the body, which can ease the age-related pain.
Stretch Every Morning
It’s common for people to develop all sorts of aches, strains and tension in the body as they age. If you want to keep your body flexible and pain-free, you should stretch your body every morning. There are various stretching exercises you can try to maintain your body’s elasticity, and you can also ease the pain by performing a gentle workout, such as yoga.