How to Make Botox Last Longer

When it comes to skin ageing, prevention is key!

Botox has become a worldwide treatment that has females and males believe this is the miracle against wrinkles. So let's take a look at what exactly is Botox, how it works and how you can help prolong your botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is a Botulinum toxin, often shortened to Botox, which is a neurotoxic protein.

What does Botox do to the skin?

Botox blocks certain chemical signals from nerves, that signal us to contract our muscles. In short, botox freezes or relaxes the muscles from contracting.

Without Botox, we use these contracting muscles constantly, causing a decline in our collagen and elastin over some time, which then leads to the formation of wrinkles in our forehead, frown, under the eye areas and around the mouth region.

Is Botox the answer?

As I said, when it comes to skin ageing, prevention is key - and Botox is a great preventative. It helps us to not overuse our facial muscles and gives us a smoother complexion and youthful-looking skin.

But Botox is not the ONLY answer to having healthy, glowing and younger-looking skin.

Botox only last 3-6 months depending on the individual and when it wears off, we have the wrinkles back. So basically, you
need to take care of your skin from the inside and out, which always starts with the correct skincare and healthy lifestyle choices to complement your skincare regime.

If you want your botox last longer, look for these ingredients in your skincare regimen:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an extraordinary vitamin. It is an oil and fat-soluble antioxidant, which makes Vitamin A the only vitamin that can penetrate the cell membrane to the nucleus, where it can repair DNA damage. This is why Vitamin A is a powerful protector of the internal cell. No other vitamin can enter the cell membrane to the nucleus.

Vitamin A is allowed access to our skin's DNA to repair and correct the damage caused by sun exposure and by free radicals that can kill our cells. Vitamin A has many benefits of resurfacing, regulating, and stimulating collagen and elastin.

If you're worried with skin ageing, regardless of having Botox or not, I always recommend including Vitamin A in your skincare regimen.

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Vitamin C  

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which means it protects our skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV-related damage. Vitamin C has many other benefits: it stimulates collagen production, firms and brightens skin. Plus, Vitamin C evens out skin tone as it is a tyrosinase inhibitor (stops production and stimulation of pigment), boosts the efficacy of sun protection and strengthens the capillary network.

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Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies known for its capacity to attract and hold up to 1000x its weight in water.

The main function is to retain water and prevent trans epidermal water loss - water escaping from our skin cells. This will keep our skin moist, dewy and plumped and keeps our tissues and joints lubricated!

Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in all cosmetic injectables used to add volume to lips, cheeks, and face contouring.

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Here are some skincare devices that can also help prolong your botox:

Omnilux - LED Light Therapy

This ultra advanced device generates light photons of specific wavelengths, that are absorbed by cell components (particularly the mitochondria), triggering a cascade of biochemical reactions. Each wavelength or colour of light stimulates a specific skin response: Red reduces inflammation, pigmentation, and redness and helps prompt cellular repair and circulation for a more vibrant complexion. Near-infrared targets deeper fibroblast cells, stimulating new collagen and elastin production, resulting in plumper, firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

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Skin-Inject Derma Roller

Skin Needling is a non-invasive, clinical treatment that uses microscopic needles to treat a variety of skin conditions, including skin ageing. Skin Inject Derma Roller (0.25mm) utilises 600 gamma-sterilised, micro-needles to effectively and visibly rejuvenate and regenerate the skin’s natural healing response.

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Lightstim For Wrinkles - LED Light Therapy

Just like plants, our skin and other body tissues can absorb light and convert it into energy.

LightStim LED light therapy delivers light energy in a similar way plants absorb light energy from the sun. LightStim emits UV-free, beneficial light energy to the skin. As we age, our skin loses its plump youthful appearance allowing fine lines and wrinkles to form. LightStim for Wrinkles provides rejuvenating wavelengths of light energy to treat your fine lines and wrinkles. Over time by using your Lightstim, you can help to recapture that plump youthful appearance.

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About The Author

My name is Sari Pols,
I have been in the skincare industry for over 15 years. My passion lies in ‘Health’. Health for the skin and body. My philosophy is if we have good well-being on the inside, then it shows our vitality on the outside.
I have furthered my knowledge of Skin Anatomy, Skin Concerns, and Fitness. I am a true believer in how to make my clients feel their best both inside and out. My emphasis is on guiding my clients through their journey of skin concerns and conditions. I do not like to band-aid a concern or condition but want to get down to the root of the cause. I aim to give personalised consultations with treatment and correct prescribed skin products.

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