Recently someone asked me whether or not I’d had Botox or some sort of filler used on my lips.
Botox is a billion dollar industry and is only going to grow in popularity due to our youth obsessed society. It is a powerful bacteria and it essentially works by blocking the nerve impulses of the facial muscles thereby paralysing them and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in the process. In the short term it works (depending on your definition of ‘works’ and provided you can find a good surgeon – you can end up looking like a surprised cat), however, long term it’s disastrous. Because you’ve frozen the muscles they waste away (think of the legs of those in wheel chairs). The muscles can no longer hold up the flesh on the face, which results in a lot of drooping and sagging – not sexy and difficult to fix.
It also severely limits your facial expressions; if the muscles are frozen they aren’t going to be able to move to form a smile. Who would want this? I think of all the rough times I’ve seen in my life but at least I was able to smile and express myself through my face, why would you want your face to be blank and not be able to animate it? It’s madness to me.
Another problem with Botox is the price tag and the fact that it is a long term commitment. The treatment is needed every 4-7 months and each session costs around £100 but can be more depending how many problem areas you have. Also the pain is intense. Treatment on your forehead will take around 30 injections. These injections are piercing the muscle – think of a flu jab x 30. Nasty.
Let’s go back to the fact you need to top up every 4-7 months. Where does that Botox actually go? Well it travels to other parts of your body as it breaks down. A study found that it travelled around the body and weakened muscles that hadn’t been injected. A different study actually found that Botox travelled to the central nervous system including the brain. This stuff shuts off nerve impulses – not a good combination when it’s floating past the central nervous system. Be ‘beautiful,’ be braindead.
So have I used Botox? No I haven’t. It goes against everything I believe in. Will I ever use Botox? Nope. A good diet and using cold pressed oils is far more beneficial and cheaper than Botox and doesn’t have any scary side effects. I have had no cosmetic surgery on my face (a different person asked me whether my cheekbones are real and whether I’d had liposuction on my jawline – I didn’t even know that what was a thing).
My lips are naturally big, but that being said I do have this useful trick that I stumbled across a while ago. My lips are always chapping and they chap really bad, so before I go to bed I apply a really thick layer of lip balm and in the morning my lips look a lot plumper. Give it a go. I use Dr Bronners Magic All One Organic Lip Balm, it works incredibly well, it’s organic and doesn’t have any nasty ingredients. I wouldn’t recommend petroleum jelly/Vaseline – ever. It’s a by-product of oil – I won’t go into this now, just google ‘is Vaseline safe’ or to that effect and decide for yourself. Anyway say ‘no’ to Botox.