Increasing interest in Botox alternatives might be due to fear of side effects from the injections, such as ptosis, or drooping eyelids.
A neurotoxin, Botox works by paralyzing the muscles at the point of injection, such as the areas around the eyes known as crows feet, and the brow and forehead. It blocks the signal in the body that tells the muscle to contract. It lasts for 3 to 8 months. Said to be safe, many people are pleased with the results of Botox injections.
But for those who don’t like the idea of injecting a toxin into the body and are interested in more natural ways, good affordable alternatives are available. The self performed Acupressure Face Lift is one of the most natural and least expensive alternatives. This was popularized almost 20 years ago by actress Lindsay Wagner.
Eighteen acupressure points surround each eye, as well as many other points located throughout the face. When we apply our own finger pressure to these points with conscious intent, we can affect the flow of electricity, life force and circulation to that area. Well nourished tissues result.
Want a sampling? Try it now. Do it on one side so you can tell the difference from the other side.
An excellent way to enhance the acupressure face lift is by using therapeutic essential oils on the tips of your fingers. The oils naturally add oxygen and their own chi to vitalize the area.
Collagen and Restylane injections are dermal fillers that plump up the skin and make it more taut and youthful looking. Here again, they are injections. Wouldn’t it be great to get a collagen filler naturally without an invasive procedure?
A cream known as “topical botox” Argireline, is intended to relax facial tension but it can increase facial sag. This can happen because the neurotransmitters that it inhibits actually help maintain firmness.
There are a zillion creams, lotions, and potions on the market that claim to be natural and organic. Check the labels carefully to see if ingredients contain anything like propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulfate, or DEA (diethanolamine). If they do, they are not truly natural ingredients. These things are known to be carcinogenic. So whether they temporarily plump the area or not, having a carcinogen is not worth it