After the age of 30, our body begins to create less collagen (a protein that maintains your skins firmness and suppleness) with levels dropping by 1-2% each year.
As collagen weakens, your skin loses the ability to retain elasticity and wrinkles begin to form.
To reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers are looked to in an attempt to stop the ageing process and to add back the fullness to areas that have thinned due to the breakdown of collagen.
Botox works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralysing the underlying muscle and involves the use of needles. Likewise, dermal filler is a gel that is injected into the dermis layer of the skin via a needle and aims to restore lost volume to the face by plumping out hollowed areas, like the cheeks.
Treatments like Botox and dermal filler cost upwards of $300 and need to be performed every few months to maintain the desired results.
When it comes to injecting fluids into your face or body, there is always a risk involved. You only have to Google ‘Botox Horror Stories’ for a plethora of articles to come up detailing the side affects of these treatments. Just some of these side affects include; blurred vision, droopy eyelids, lack of movement in facial expressions and bruising. Similarly, if injected incorrectly, these treatments can completely alter the way someone looks making them unrecognisable.
It makes you question, ‘is it really worth the risk?’
For a natural alternative to these injectable treatments, LED light therapy has the ability to stimulate the skin cells to produce collagen and elastin (two key components in youthful skin) and is a non-invasive method, meaning no needles necessary. It’s completely painless and will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with consistent use and better yet, you won’t have to worry about any nasty side affects.
So the next time you’re thinking about Botox or dermal fillers as a quick fix to fight ageing, take a second to remember there is a natural alternative.
- Grace, Co-founder of Dermatec Skincare.