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Get the Best Out of Your Botox

Get the Best Out of Your Botox

Clostridium botulinum, also known as Botox, has been used by doctors to treat various conditions and skin-related qualms for years. With injectables increasing in popularity amongst physicians and those who are skin-conscious and often wrinkle-averse, it is imperative to know how they will impact your choice of skin treatments and go-to products.

Dermalogica Instructor and Professional Skin Therapist Monica Puckering tells us that good skin care is just as crucial for those that get injectables as it is for those that don’t. With a focus on overall skin health, she says, “...it is important to protect your investment by using products to enhance the results from Botox”. Puckering shares that many people don’t realize that while a neurotoxin, like Botox, will relax a muscle and minimize movement, it will not reduce a wrinkle’s depth. Our bodies also metabolize Botox with exercise, exposure to heat, and even certain supplements, so a skin care routine catered to your lifestyle will be even more vital than usual for Botox users. “Injectables are a great solution for immediate results. But injectables still need skin care. The benefits of Botox and fillers will last longer if you take care of your skin”, Puckering shares with us.

“An essential regimen should include Double Cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing the skin every day, twice a day, based on your skin type and conditions. And don’t forget to protect the skin with a broad-spectrum SPF all year round! You want to look for products with key ingredients that will help you get the most out of your Botox and fillers and support the structure of your skin”. Below are some key ingredients you’ll want to focus on and products you may want to explore with your Professional Skin Therapist to get the best out of your Botox:

Peptides: like proteins, peptides are amino acid powerhouses that can stimulate collagen and elastin production and help prevent premature skin aging.

 

Some products to explore:
Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, BioLumin-C Serum, Power Rich, Phyto-Nature Firming Serum, Super Rich Repair, Antioxidant HydraMist, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

Exfoliation: with an injection, exfoliating the skin can smooth the skin and stimulate collagen production, resulting in softer lines as the injectables fade.

Some products to explore: 
Rapid Reveal Peel, Multivitamin Thermafoliant, Daily Superfoliant

 

Retinoids: retinol and its derivatives can specifically reduce the signs of aging by reducing lines and pigmentation.

 

Some products to explore:
 Overnight Retinol Repair 0.5% or 1%, Retinol Clearing Oil, Age Reversal Eye Complex, Multivitamin Power Firm, Multivitamin Power Serum, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that not only brightens and defends the skin but also firms, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Some products to explore:
BioLumin-C Serum, BioLumin-C Eye Serum

 


A few other things Puckering recommends avoiding with the use of neuromodulators like Botox are minimizing movement of the area, especially directly after your treatment. To prevent the solution from migrating to unwanted sites, she recommends avoiding massaging or laying flat on the injected surface for at least four hours and waiting for 1-2 weeks post Botox injection for your next skin treatment.  And finally, she recommends avoiding excessive heat to the face for at least four hours. Heat (such as steam, dry saunas, direct sun exposure) could stimulate circulation and cause the Botox to break down.

Puckering recommends booking a free virtual consultation with a Professional Skin Therapist for a personalized routine to optimize your Botox results that also consider your lifestyle.

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