Botox alternatives?

May 15, 2021

 Botox works as a muscle relaxant to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.  It takes advantage of the fact that the forehead and around the eyes (and lips) the muscle attaches directly to the skin.  The word ‘botox’ has somehow become a verb when patients use it to mean “just get rid of this wrinkle”:)  
That being said, Botox cannot be used to get rid of every wrinkle for a simple reason.  The anatomy of a wrinkle is thinning of the skin, loss of fat underneath the skin and muscular movement underneath the skin.  Thinning of the skin is addressed with topicals such as retinol and laser treatments, micro needling, and chemical peels.  Loss of fat is addressed with fillers that usually contain hyaluronic acid to replace to bolster the skin.  
To address the activity of the muscle that moves the skin to relax the skin by relaxing the muscle, the only option that may show some effects in muscle relaxation is bee venom. 
Bee Venom has been a popular (often referred to as ‘buzzworthy’:) ingredient in a masks and night products. Apitherapy is the use of honey bee products such as beeswax, propolis and bee venom in skin care products or medicinal use.  The bee venom is thought to relax the skin to give a ‘botox-like’ effect while also slightly swelling the skin to make it appeared less wrinkled. 
Rodial Bee Venom Night gel and Miss spa bee venom plumping mask have this ingredient.  Please be cautious in using if you have a bee sting allergy. It’s always a good idea to do a patch test before use.


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