Admittedly, there was a day when I thought I would never get Botox. I was convinced I would never even consider undergoing any kind of cosmetic intervention to enhance my appearance or to attempt to defy the aging process.
As a matter of fact, I distinctively remember advising my mother that instead of worrying about the way her skin and body were changing with age, she should just accept the aging process and age gracefully.
Now, over a decade and half later, I want to go back and slap the know-it-all teenage version of me who thought she was allowed to give advice on aging long before her young, taunt skin was ever tainted by its first wrinkle.
At only thirty-one years old, the Grand Canyon-esque wrinkles on my forehead now taunt me.
… Age gracefully, huh? ….
…. Just accept it, wasn’t that what you said?
It seems like every day I notice new wrinkles or catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, only to notice that my skin is less plump and has less elasticity than it once did.
Painfully aware of my already aging skin, I was considering trying Botox for the first time this summer while stateside, but then I had a genius idea. My sister had given me a gift card to Balance Day Spa a few years ago that I’d been hanging on to. After scoping out the Balance Day Spa website, I realized that their Greensboro Spa by Clarins location offered No-tox Botox treatments.
WHAT IS NO-TOX BOTOX?
Intraceuticals No-tox Botox is a hydrating and rejuvenating Botox alternative endorsed by celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Campbell. This oxygen facial is a well-known Fashion Week beauty fix. A-list brides-to-be like Kate Middleton are said to have had No-tox Botox treatments in preparation for their big day. Madonna loves Intraceuticals so much that she has her own machine!
Balance Day Spa describes the Intraceuticals No-tox Botox treatment as follows:
“A targeted treatment to smooth the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. Firms, lifts and plumps the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions around the forehead, eye, nasal folds and lip areas.”
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Using an airbrush-like wand that glides inch by inch over your skin, an oxygen infusion system uses pressurized therapeutic grade oxygen to infuse a serum of Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid, essential vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants, and amino peptides into the deepest layers of the skin.
The technician will concentrate on the area around your eyes and lips, as well as any other problem areas. In my case, that meant lots of time spent on those crazy deep forehead wrinkles.
The treatment was quite relaxing. Maybe I was just exhausted, but I almost fell asleep while the technician worked her magic on my skin!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A single treatment starts around $125, depending on where you have it done.
In my case, the No-tox Botox treatment cost was more than the value of my gift card, but I was okay with paying the additional amount because I was dying to do something to help out the wrinkle situation going on my forehead.
DOES IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
Yes, it definitely lives up to the hype! No-tox Botox left my skin looking more hydrated, plump, and luminous. My wrinkles were less noticeable and my skin appeared healthier and younger.
Need visual proof? You got it!
Here’s a Before picture I snapped immediately before going into the Spa for my treatment. I am wearing full make-up, but even so, my forehead wrinkles are very noticeable, as are the bags under my eyes.
The After picture was snapped immediately after my treatment and I’m wearing no make-up.
Notice how the bags under my eyes seem to have disappeared and the wrinkles on my forehead are much less pronounced.
My pesky forehead wrinkles are noticeably smoothed and my skin looks dewier and healthier than it ever has!
The results of the Intraceuticals No-tox Botox Treatment were immediate and undeniable. And, as if that’s not reason enough to send you running to the spa, then this should be: the Intraceuticals No-tox Botox treatment is completely non-invasive!
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WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?
I’d happily splurge on another No-tox Botox treatment! With that being said, if I was only planning on getting a single treatment, I’d recommend doing it right before an important event. In my experience, the results were most noticeable the day of and the day immediately following the treatment.
Have you ever had Botox or No-tox Botox? Were you pleased?
What’s your best skin care secret for combatting signs of aging?