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First off, I am not a fan of Kim Kardashian, but I am quite envious of her youthful skin! She claims to stay clear of botox, so what is her secret? Her skin looks flawlessly smooth. How is she doing that? Where are her wrinkles? How can that be?
I just found out at least one of her secrets! Kim uses a Bio-Botox face powder, called Hydrolon. The Hydrolon Powder contains microscopic, liquid beads. Those beads contain biotulin, the active ingredient. It consists of Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic derived from the extract of the Acmella Oleracea plant.
Hydrolon facial powder relaxes the muscle contractions and facial features. Wrinkles are reduced, especially around the eyes and between the eyebrows. As an active ingredient, biotulin is known as Bio-Botox.
After I heard about this 'miracle' beauty product, I could not wait to try it out for myself. I am always on the lookout for products that can help keep my skin looking as young as possible. Thankfully, I was given the chance to review the Hydrolon facial powder, and I can honestly say, I am hooked!
I use my Hydrolon powder as a finishing touch, to set my foundation after I apply it, for a lovely matte finish. I apply it throughout the day as needed to touch-up and refresh my makeup, and to combat shine. It is perfect for making my skin look flawless!
Just because you’re getting older, that doesn’t mean you have to look it. After all, you might be in your 40s or 50s, but still feel like you’re in your 20s or 30s. Unfortunately, the natural aging process and numerous other outside factors can cause you to look old, tired, and worn, even though you might not feel like it. Today, it’s easier than ever to look just as good as you feel. Here are some of the best skin treatments that can help you to regain a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Botox is an injectable treatment that works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by stopping the contractions of the muscles that cause these unwanted issues to develop in the first place. Over time, the skin begins to smooth out, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles for smoother, younger looking skin. Botox can be used to treat many areas of the face, including the forehead, between the eyebrows, on the outsides of the eyes, and around the mouth.
As you get older, collagen production slows and fat begins to break down in certain areas. This can result in sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are meant to help restore plumpness to the skin, giving you a fuller, more youthful appearance while also eliminating lines and creases. There are numerous different types of fillers, both natural and synthetic. They all have different uses. A trained professional usually at a med spa or doctor’s office can help you to determine the best one for your specific concerns. In general, dermal fillers can be used to treat areas such as the cheeks, chin, under the eyes, lips, and forehead.
PRP has been used in the medical field for a while to help expedite the healing process. Today, it is also being used to help individuals look younger. It is a unique treatment that actually involves the use of your own blood. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. With this treatment, a small sample of your blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge. This concentrates the platelets, which contain growth factors for generating new cells. PRP can be injected into your skin where volume and elasticity has been lost. It can be used in conjunction with microneedling treatments. As PRP uses your own blood, it is an incredibly safe procedure.
Microneedling is a treatment that involves a tool with several tiny needles on it. These needles perforate your skin, causing controlled damage. This triggers your body’s own natural healing process. This helps the skin to shed old skin cells and generate new ones. This helps to produce a more even skin texture. Microneedling can also help to reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and sunspots.
Radiofrequency is a treatment that creates heat to encourage collagen and elastin production. The RF energy penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to achieve this goal. As collagen and elastin are produced, loose skin tightens. In addition to firming skin, radiofrequency treatments also helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
The right skin treatments can take years off of your appearance, helping you to look younger and feel more confident. With the help of a trained professional, you can get a customized treatment plan that can help you to look your absolute best. How you look on the outside will finally match how you feel on the inside!
I love learning about breakthrough skin care miracles that really work! Since I am getting older, I find myself getting obsessed with anti-aging products. I was excited to learn about Bratoxinsta Wrinkle Serum and to get the chance to try it out.
When it comes to banishing wrinkles and crow’s feet, an immediate result is where it’s at. Gone are the days of waiting 8 to 12 weeks for improvement. People want noticeable wrinkle fading within minutes. They want to feel it working and look in the mirror as the change is happening. Brazilian Skin’s line of creams and serums delivers exactly that. It combines science and ingredients from the Amazon rainforest to deliver dermatologist-approved topical age reversal with effects similar to Botulinum Toxin, aka…Botox.® Wrinkles are gone within minutes without needles. Brazilian Skin offers a type Botox result without the appointments, expense and needles. Dr. Vishal Kapoor, a Beverly Hills, CA Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Medical Advisor to Brazilian Skin explains how this skincare line really delivers results quickly.
Bratoxinsta® The 60 Second Smoother of Lines and Wrinkles
Within 60 seconds of application, the state-of-the-art minerals and antioxidants found in this serum gets to work fast to plump up skin, tighten and smooth out wrinkles. With clinically dosed concentrations of purified and refined clay, Peptides, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract), Acai Palm Tree Extract, Chinese Basil Plant’s Rosmarinic Acid, known for its ability to plump up tired skin; Bratoxinsta offers the immediate gratification that the countless other creams and serums are missing.
“Women are always telling me that they spend money on creams and serums that do nothing. They play the waiting game and get frustrated as they throw away another cream or serum. With Bratoxinsta, there’s no waiting. You’re getting the highest amounts of these key ingredients possible and when working in concert with one another results are instantaneous,” explains Dr. Kapoor.
The powerful combination of stem-cell, antioxidants from Açai and peptides help to improve long-term appearance of wrinkles and will address sun damage and other issues with skin texture and tone. Some of Bratoxinsta's ingredients will help to tighten the skin on the surface, helping to smooth fine expression lines and blur the appearance of wrinkles. Once applied, the powerful active ingredients will start working on getting your skin smoother, tighter, and more youthful-looking with every use.
Simply dispense a small amount on your fingertip and gently feather it over any wrinkles and expressions lines. Apply to a clean face, allow 60 seconds for effects to begin before applying makeup. “A little goes a very long way with Bratoxinsta. One or two drops on the fingertip will do it. You can actually watch it working in the mirror. This is what sets it aside from other creams touting themselves as ‘Botox in a Bottle,’” says Dr. Kapoor.
Main Ingredients… A Deeper Look
Magnesium Aluminum is a naturally occurring mineral created purified and refined clay, that tightens and smooths the appearance of under-eye puffiness, sagging, and fine lines.
Peptide Complex works to smooth away the look of wrinkles and expression marks.
Stem Cell Complex (Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens (Chinese Extract). Native to the Amazon Rainforest, the Acai Palm Tree is renowned its ability to thrive in harsh conditions. The Chinese Basil Plant is rich in Rosmarinic Acid, which is known for its ability to plump up tired skin. These 3 antioxidants help to defend against oxidative stress by effectively disarming radicals.
“Stem cells slow down aging by defending skin against stress and serving as an internal repair system. Stem cells divide without limit allowing them to replenish other cells or migrate to damaged areas to repair tissue,” explains Dr. Kapoor.
Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract Also known as Irish Sea Moss, Chondrus Crispus contains a hydrating, nutrient-rich blend of vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, magnesium, and selenium.
The Bratoxinsta formula also contains stem cells from the Acai Palm Tree, Basil Plant, and White Oak Plant. In addition, 6 bioactive peptides help smooth the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles by supporting the proteins that weaken with age. These active ingredients work synergistically with the peptides to deliver vital phytonutrients and antioxidants.
What is the recommended age group for Bratoxinsta?
Bratoxinsta is suitable for all age groups. For more mature skin, its innovative formula can help reduce the existing signs of visible aging immediately, while for younger skin, it can help prevent and delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. “Women will see significant and rapid improvement to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. A woman in her 20’s and 30’s will be able to take a preventative approach to their skin care by maintaining tautness and wrinkle free texture longer,” says Dr. Kapoor.
Does it work?
I apply Bratoxinsta to the areas of my face where I see the wrinkles that I want to treat. Thankfully, I don't have that many! I apply a few drops around my lips and on my laugh lines. I dot a little onto my forehead as well. I love the tightening sensation that I feel as the product starts working to tighten my skin. In the day time, I use it before I apply my day creams/serums, and then follow with my foundation. I also use Bratoxinsta at night. I use it at night so that it can be working its wonders on my skin while I sleep. It works very well. My skin definitely looks years younger.
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About Dr. Vishal Kapoor, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Medical Advisor to Brazilian Skin
Dr. Vishal Kapoor is a Southern California native who received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he graduated with the highest honor, Alpha Omega Alpha, putting him in the top 10% of his class. He then went on to complete a rigorous six-year residency in the prestigious combined General and Plastic Surgery Program at The University of Washington in Seattle, one of the nation’s finest programs in Plastic Surgery. Given his desire to further hone his skills in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kapoor opted to pursue additional training. His practice is based in Beverly Hills, California
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VERY SUPRISING USES FOR BOTOX THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH FOREHEAD WRINKLES
When most people think of Botox the first thing that usually comes to mind is wrinkle reduction. Indeed, Botox is the world’s most popular treatment for eradicating wrinkles and fine lines. The toxin is specifically FDA approved for treating frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and lines around the eyes (crow’s feet). In addition to being the gold standard for wrinkle reduction, Botox can also be used to treat a variety of issues, both cosmetic and non-cosmetic.
Dr. Stanley Poulos is a San Francisco area board certified plastic surgeon. He provides a list of conditions that Botox has been used to treat.
Botox can curb oil production, reducing breakouts. "To totally treat acne, you'd need to use doses of Botox so large they'd prevent you from constricting your facial muscles," says Dr. Poulos. "But tiny amounts of Botox injected very superficially help reduce oil production, and you can still have facial expressions." Though he'd recommend it for almost any patient struggling with acne, Poulos would likely advise trying another dermatologist-prescribed treatment, like spironolactone or birth control pills, first. And though it can technically be used to quell oil production anywhere on the face, he cautions against using it all over because of potential effects on muscular activity (a.k.a. frozen face). The most effective and common area for using Botox to curb oil production, he says, is the forehead.
Gummy smile (not FDA approved)
A "gummy" smile, one that's characterized by a smile that shows too much of the gums, usually results from "excessive lip elevation" when the upper lip rises too far above the upper teeth when smiling. Injecting Botox into the upper lip weakens the upper lip's retractor muscles so that it won't raise as high and your smile will seem better-balanced. It can be done in about five minutes. Usually lasts for four to six months. Costs range from $200-$300. Dr. Poulos says, "This technique is not for the novice Botox injector. Too much, and your lip won’t raise enough, too little and you will need more, or if injected asymmetrically, you might have a funny asymmetrical smile."
Overactive bladder problems affect up to 20% of women over 40. For severe cases where medications do not provide complete relief, Botox injections into the bladder wall may provide relief lasting about 6 months.
Psoriasis Psoriasis is uncomfortable, itchy, and not exactly easy on the eyes. Luckily, this flaky skin condition could be a thing of the past thanks to Botox. Though psoriasis is technically incurable, Botox minimizes the activity of inflammatory cells that bring on outbreaks.
For those who suffer from excessive sweating, however, summer isn’t always the sunniest time of the year. Thankfully, Botox could be a saving grace for those attempting to manage this condition, which is officially known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Studies show that just a handful of injections can reduce underarm sweat for up to TWO years. Um, where do we sign up?
The benefits of Botox® may be more than skin deep; two recent studies suggest that it may help alleviate the symptoms of depression. In a study published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, more than half of participants who had moderate-to-severe depression showed a substantial improvement in depressive symptoms following one injection of Botox® between the brows. This improvement lasts longer than the cosmetic effects, suggesting that the effect may be more than just feeling better about your appearance. Botox® is not approved to treat depression.
Injections of Botox® were used to control involuntary muscle tension and spasms long before it became the go-to wrinkle buster. Dr. Poulos says that, “these neurotoxin injections may weaken the chewing muscles enough to reduce bruxism (teeth grinding) without affecting your ability to chew, talk and smile. Results last about four months. Botox® is not yet approved to treat bruxism.”
Botox® is approved by the FDA to treat chronic migraine headaches in adults who have 15 or more headache-days a month, each lasting four hours or more. Studies that led to this indication show that BOTOX®® prevents up to nine headache-days a month (vs seven for dummy injections). Other research hints that the neurotoxin may also help with low cerebrospinal fluid headaches and cluster or "suicide" headaches.
Much like lines form over time, your brow may also drop or droop. Botox cosmetic treatments can also be used to improve the appearance of the brow. Dr. Poulos explains that, “weakening muscles that pull the lateral brow down while selectively leaving the brow elevators intact can give a subtle lift and gives the brow more stability. Lifting the brows in this way leaves you with a less tired and younger, fresher appearance.”
Jaw Reduction (off label use)
Botox can be used to perform jaw reduction (commonly called jaw line softening). Injecting Botox into the masseter muscle (the primary muscle used in chewing actions) reduces its overall size; transforming an overly square and masculine appearing jawline into a more feminine oval or heart shape.
About Dr. Stanley Poulos
Dr. Poulos is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Co-Founder with Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D of Plastic Surgery Specialists recognized as one of the premier aesthetic surgery clinics in Northern California.
Dr. Poulos helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and has extensive experience in body contour procedures. With over 30-years’ experience in aesthetic procedures, Dr. Poulos has been on the forefront of innovative procedures such as the quick-lift facial rejuvenation, mommy makeover, and vaser lipo-contouring. Dr. Poulos combines his consistent knowledge of new treatment options with his mastery of facial and body symmetry.
His recent focus has been on the gastric balloon, a groundbreaking, non-surgical, medically assisted, outpatient procedure offering weight loss to those seeking to lose between 30 and 75 pounds who may be ineligible for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery. This exciting new procedure allows patients to achieve optimal health and, when combined with exercise and proper nutrition, the results have been exceptional.
A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completedsurgery and plastic surgery training in San Francisco prior to entering private practice in Marin County where he co-founded PSS (www.psspecialists.com )
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.
My beautiful mother just turned 65 years old. She was wasn't happy about it, because just like me, she is worried about aging. My mom's biggest aging complaint is the wrinkles on her neck. She had tried many different products over the years and nothing was working.
I wanted to get her something for her birthday, and of course, I couldn't afford to get her the 'neck-lift' she wished for (plus, I think my mother is beautiful just as she is) so I gave her the next best thing: Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream.
Upon the first application, my mom could feel a tightening sensation on her skin. Her skin immediately began to feel firmer, and the sagging skin she complained about was visibly reduced. My mother absolutely loves how much firmer her skin feels and how lifted it looks. She has even received compliments from people who have been asking her how she stays so young looking! And the greatest thing about Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream is that the benefits do not stop there! It's formula has long term effects as well to keep the skin looking youthful.
My daughter, Kendallyn with my sweet Mom at Christmastime.
Why ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream? (Information taken from their website)
ArcticLift™ smooths away imperfections and plumps up skin for a lifted, toned and youthful appearance.Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties, to immediately hydrate and fill sagging neck skin. Skin’s texture is perfected and strengthened, firmed and lifted. So chin up and smile at the results!
- Smooths & plumps up the skin for a lifted, toned & youthful appearance
- Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties – proven to be 6x greater than Hyaluronic Acid!
- Perfects & strengthens the texture of neck & décolleté for noticeable results
- Has both an immediate and a long-term effect on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck and décolleté
- Use daily, mornings & evenings. Apply to clean skin on the neck, up to the jawline & on the chest area as well
- Not tested on animals and contains no animal by-products
- Clinically Tested, Non-Sensitizing, Allergy Tested, Non-Irritating
- Skin feels more toned.
- Skin is less saggy.
- Improves skin elasticity.
- Significantly improves texture and feel.
- Overall repairs the signs of aging.
- Skin looks and feels younger.
To learn more about Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift™ Firming Neck Cream or to purchase go to: http://www.freeze247.com/proddetail.cfm?sku=7300312&prd=
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.