Los Angeles is most likely the Botox capital of the world. Of course that is just my assumption based on the fact that there are so many leading men and women here making an effort to slow the clock for their film and television careers.
Whether you’re a celebrity or a not, millions of people around the world are benefiting from the cosmetic effects of Botox.
As a refresher, 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. Doctors have been using a low dose of it for many years to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
But beyond the quest for youth, Botox has also been researched to have other beneficial uses. Here is a short list of how it is now being used in the world of medicine:
Excessive Sweating – Sweat no more! Botox is a temporary treatment option for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Botox is injected into the sweat glands just under the skin to temporarily block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. Botox prevents unnecessary sweating for an average period of six to seven months.
Migraines – This has proven a Godsend for those who suffer from migraines. The FDA has approved the use of Botox in a variety of areas in the body including the temples, neck, forehead, and shoulders to prevent or significantly lower the onset of chronic migraines.
Eyelid Spasms – One of the first medical uses for Botox was for abnormal eye spasms. Botox is still used for severe and uncontrollable eye and muscle spasms.
Chronic Neck and Cervical Muscle Pain – For those living with chronic neck and back pain, Botox may help. In 2012, a study showed that Botox injections significantly improved pain levels for sufferers of chronic neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia.
Overactive Bladder – Botox is often used to treat several incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms in adults. It may help for those with a strong urge to urinate, those who have constant leaking and for those who urinate too frequently.
Muscle Stiffness – Botox is used to treat increased muscle stiffness in the elbow, wrist, arm, and finger muscles in adults with upper limb spasticity.
Jaw Reduction – Botox can be used to reduce the jaw size by injecting Botox into the masseter muscles. This is mainly done for cosmetic reasons for women who want to appear more round and feminine resulting in a less square appearance.
TMJ Disorder – Relatively new research has shown Botox to be effective in treating a variety of jaw disorders including severe tension, TMJ Disorder, and lockjaw. When injected into the jaw, Botox relaxes the facial muscles while reducing occurrences and symptoms.
Depression – A fascinating study in Germany linked the use of Botox on frown lines with a reduction of depression symptoms and an increase in overall wellbeing. They stated that facial movements often signal our emotions and the use of Botox can interrupt this cycle, which was shown to alleviate depressive thoughts and feelings.
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Human fibroblasts are cells that make up part of the skin’s connective tissue, including collagen. When our skin is damaged, the body stimulates fibroblasts as part of the repair process. A topical application of HFCM triggers this same process of repair in the skin through external signals.
SkinMedica is one of the first companies to start using HFCM for cosmetic purposes, although this product and process has been used for several years in the treatment of burn victims. This is a very exciting development for the field of anti-aging treatments and it is being touted by many cosmetic surgeons as the best product available today.
Getting adequate sunshine is ESSENTIAL for our health. Proper levels of Vitamin D from the sun promotes improved wellness in almost every aspect of our body. Obviously too much sun at peak times is where problems such as sunburn and skin-related aging comes in. It is advised that we get 15-20 minutes of sunshine each day without sunscreen but at NON-peak hours (avoid peak times 11am-3pm)
The rest of the time, use a quality sunscreen on all exposed skin. When purchasing sunscreen please keep these things in mind:
AVOID Oxybenzone, Retinyl Palmitate, and Parabens which have been linked to hormonal disruption, skin irritation, and more.
REPLACE WITH Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, and other Natural Ingredients.
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Summer is here and who doesn’t want more beautiful, vibrant skin just just in time for the beach or your upcoming pool parties? Here are 5 foods/herbs that will help give you that youthful, healthy glow from the inside out and the outside in. You’ll also receive numerous other health benefits!
- KRILL OIL – Krill are tiny crustaceans that live deep in the ocean. The ones from the Antarctic are best because they are mostly free of toxins and chemicals. They are packed with a powerful antioxidant called Astaxanthin which helps to lower your risk of sunburn and works to reduce sun and age spots. Krill also has loads of Omega 3 oils which reduce inflammation and soothe fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. Take 1000mg of Krill oil capsules everyday, eat sardines, wild-caught salmon, and flax and chia seeds.
- COCONUT OIL – Coconut is everywhere and for good reason. It is one of the worlds most potent superfoods! It contains Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids which literally soothe your skin from the inside out. Coconut also has anti-fungal effects so it may soothe skin rashes including psoriasis and excema. Use Coconut Oil topically as a moisturizer and put 2-3 Tbsp in your smoothie, with your eggs, or spread it on toast instead of butter.
- ASHWAGANDA & TURMERIC – These two herbs have been used for thousands of years in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition. They are known to reduce inflammation in the body which helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. They also reduce stress and lead to a deeper, more restful sleep. We all know how much better we look after a great night’s sleep right? Topically they can both be used as a facial mask along with raw honey, and coconut oil to help alleviate acne and rosacea. Take 1-3 grams per day in capsule form.
- KOMBUCHA TEA – Why not sip on iced Kombucha Tea this summer instead of regular? This fermented tea is a powerful probiotic which helps to bring back important healthy bacteria to our gut. Our gut is our second brain and everything that goes on there including our skin’s condition, starts with our gut. Kombucha reduces inflammation which helps with more beautiful skin and will lower the risk of rashes and other imperfections.
- BRAZIL NUTS – All nuts and seeds are great for our skin but Brazil nuts are packed with the antioxidant mineral called Selenium which fights free radical damage and may lower the risk of sunburn. Brazil Nuts also contain Essential Fatty Acids which literally moisturize our skin from the inside out. One handful of Brazil Nuts gives us 10x our daily allowance of Selenium.