Tuesday, October 25, 2011

To TOX or not to TOX

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Medically, botox is used to treat conditions such as eye lid twitching, migraines, torticullis, strabismus, and cervical dystonia. But in a more superficial world, Botox is a widely accepted cosmetic procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. When injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve signals that cause uncontrollable tightening and movements of the muscle. But Before this magical injection was used to reduce wrinkles, it was used as a bioterrorism agent. Botox, known for its medical name OnabotuliniumtoxinA is an injectable form of the Botulinum toxin. The Botulinum Toxin is a category A bioterrorism agent which has a very high mortality rates when used as such.

With possible side effects of vision change, irregular heart beat, and seizures ... you have to ask yourself ... Is it worth it? 

All the skin needs is a little T.L.C.

Take pride in your skin. Your skin protects your body from environmental harm. Develop a skin care regimen; Wash, exfoliate, and moisturize regularly with gentle neutral cleaning agents. Protect your skin against UVA rays by applying a SPF protectant.

Less is more. It is important to know what works for your skin and what does not. Try avoiding the temptations of product junkyism and keep your routine simple. A facial cleanser, and a moisturizer will suffice for a daily skin care regimen. Also, gently exfoliate every five days to remove dead skin cells, which will help radiate your complexion.

Condition the body, condition the skin. Keeping the body hydrated is important for healthy skin. In fact dehydration is often detected by the appearance of ones skin. Drinking at least 8 to 13 cups of water a day can help the body maintain hydration and keep the skin glowing. 

Try a D.I.Y. facial mask that includes 1/4 cup bentonite clay, juice of 1 lemon, and 1 cup of aloe vera juice. Mix the ingredients to a paste consistency and apply it on the face. Allow it to set for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly. 

Aloe Vera is a natural healer rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. Aloe vera also helps regenerate two essential skin proteins collagen and elastin which keeps the skin youthful and radiant. Bentonite clay is a natural clay that "drinks" oils, toxins and impurities from the skin, shrinking pore size and minimizing breakouts. Lemon juice is a natural exfoliant, skin brightener and anti-infective. Lemon juice is very acidic which has the ability to brighten discolored skin and wards off acne causing bacteria. Its acidic properties also serve as a gentle exfoliator, removing dead skin cells.

So to TOX or not to TOX ... I say T.L.C. 

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