While millions have seen dramatic results from using Botox and other injectables to address face wrinkles, it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. Many people, in the search for less invasive treatments, turn to natural alternatives to Botox.
Natural Alternatives to Botox
Natural alternatives to botox or fillers are much less invasive, which means the results are often more subtle and take more time to appear. On the other hand, they are safer and usually quite easy to do at home. Many are also great preventatives, so if you’re just starting to notice those lines, definitely read on.
(Don’t worry if you already have some wrinkles; these methods can still help minimize their appearance and prevent more lines down the road.)
Myofascial therapy (aka facial massage) is a great way to stimulate lymphatic drainage, improve muscle tone, and bring new fluid into the area, helping ease wrinkles. Whether done yourself or by a massage therapist, you can enhance the experience with some aromatherapy or basic reflexology.
Yes, this treatment uses needles, but they are quite mild compared to Botox. This centuries-old treatment places small needles at certain points like the scalp or joints. This is said to adjust how our body distributes energy and fluid. And a 2013 pilot study showed evidence that acupuncture can improve facial elasticity!
This sounds harsh, but it doesn’t have to be. While some people are comfortable with deeper peels given by doctors, you can get a much milder version by looking for products with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), natural acids found in foods.
Anti-Aging Lotions and Creams
Vitamins A, C and E, and retinol are common ingredients in anti-aging products, but glutathione is a relatively new discovery in skincare and is being hailed as a breakthrough for reversing signs of aging and boosting skin health. As the most plentiful antioxidant in our body, GSH disarms free radicals and prevents the oxidative stress that can cause premature skin aging. This protects collagen and skin elasticity, encourages cell turnover, and leads to brighter, younger-looking skin!
As we age, we lose some of our ability to synthesize GSH. Exposure to toxins and other environmental hazards can also decimate our supply. That’s why Auro’s patented Skincare Protocol combines GSH along with trusted wrinkle-fighting ingredients like Vitamins C and E, using sub-nanotechnology to deliver a highly absorbable form of GSH right where you need it most!
To learn more about the amazing benefits of glutathione, read “Glutathione Benefits for Skin”.
Lastly, the American Academy of Dermatology highly recommends applying broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF everyday, especially if you use chemical peels. This is imperative for preventing signs of skin aging like wrinkles (and skin cancer).
Keep in mind it’s never too late to start treating your skin well! In fact, many of the natural alternatives to botox outlined above are also good for your overall health, so you may find they help with other issues, too!