Botox or No-Tox?

by brandiann
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To quote the great Williams Shakespeare: “To be, or not to be: That is the question. “ Lately, I have been wanting to take the leap and try out Botox.

I try to live a toxic-free lifestyle, and this would go completely against that belief if I decided to inject myself with Botox (or Botulium Toxin). When you look up “Botox,” you read things like “Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism.” (from medlineplus.gov)

Reading the words “life-threatening” makes me, oh I don’t know, slightly hesitant about going under the needle. Yes – I know it’s such a small amount, but it’s still pretty terrifying. At least for me, it is.

I am officially in my late 30s. I recently celebrated my 36th birthday and as I scan my face I am definitely noticing some fine lines. Lines that used to never be there before. Yet here they are. 

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Panic sets in. 

Mortality becomes a reality.

“I’m getting old” I think to myself, “but I’m only in my 30s?!”

I immediately start massaging the wrinkles, thinking I can smooth them away. I begin to use any and every cream I can get my hands on and try methods to reduce fine lines.

Retinol.

Collagen Supplements.

Eye Creams.

Anti-wrinkle pillows

botoxI wish I could go back in time and slap my little rebel teenage self and warn her about how much her actions will affect her later on in life. Those late nights, packs of cigarettes and endless days tanning are biting me in the butt now with signs of early aging!

I always knew I was going to have a hard time aging. As a lover of art and an artist myself, I have always been drawn to beautiful and aesthetically pleasing things. We have been so conditioned to believe those fine lines and wrinkles aren’t beautiful and we should therefore hide them. Hide them with makeup, hide them with creams, hide them with injections.

For a much less invasive approach, I decided to try out a product I stumbled upon on Amazon called Frownies. I have only been using them for about a month, but I am super impressed with the results!

After going back and looking at some older photographs of myself, I noticed the pesky wrinkle between my eyes or the “11 lines”.

Photo from 2018

Photos from 2019

Photos from 2021 (one month after use)

After using the Frownies product for about a month, my wrinkle has significantly diminished, to the point where it’s almost gone. I guess I never realized you make expressions while you sleep and they can worsen your facial lines. For now I plan on continuing to use them and try and hold off more invasive and measures for as long as possible.

I realize that wrinkles are just a part of life. Are wrinkles really so bad or are they the portrait of your life? All the joys and pains, ups and downs experienced up until this point, etched in your skin as wrinkles. Are wrinkles actually a blessing? A path toward earning wisdom and greater understanding about this life?

Some people never make it to their 30s. With every passing year and yes more lines on our faces, we achieve another year of life.

Everyone wants to live forever, but we know it’s passing away. Reaching old age is actually an amazing gift. So many are not so fortunate. So, every wrinkle earned is a reminder that life has given both happy and sad moments. Cherish them and count your blessings.

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