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We’re loving botox

Paddy McGurgan on the celebs’ secret weapon and his alternative over-the-counter beauty products

This week I’m loving Botox! We no longer need to live somewhere like New York to be able to go for Botox on our lunch break. In Northern Ireland, too, it has fast become one of the most popular procedures available and is now quite affordable.

If you’ve ever considered availing of many celebs’ favourite little secret but want to find out more about what it involves, then read on.

Botox is a brand name for an artificial substance called botulinum toxin. It relaxes and ‘freezes’ the muscles of the face and other areas. Traditionally, Botox was formulated to treat people with eye and facial spasms, as well as helping those who suffer from excessive perspiration. Unlike collagen, Botox does not puff or plump out the skin, but instead gives natural, long-lasting effects after one or two weeks of administration.

Botox works in two ways. Firstly, it helps to eradicate existing lines around the eyes, mouth, nose and forehead. Secondly, it can act to put some of your facial muscles to sleep. This element of the treatment is most effective for those who get creases when frowning. We get lines because of continually using the same cluster of muscles when we laugh, get angry or simply speak and eventually the excessive use of these muscles create deep impression lines. Botox helps to give these muscles a break, making the face use a new selection of muscles to do the same job.

If you want to try Botox, make sure you choose a practitioner who is fully qualified and has medical insurance for carrying out this procedure.

It’s also vital you find a clinician who really understands how the face moves and contracts. He or she needs to treat each person accordingly, knowing exactly where to inject the Botox. It is not just a clinical procedure, there is a definite artistry behind the administration and knowing exactly where to place the product to gain maximum results.

I particularly like the work of Martina Collins, a dentist who has had a special interest in facial aesthetic procedures for many years. If you would like a consultation with her, contact Lisburn Road Dental Clinic, Belfast, tel: 028 9038 2262 or 078 3369 6966.

If you feel that Botox is not for you, there are a number of products on the market that will help keep the wrinkles at bay.

Avon Anew Platinum Serum is very nourishing and works really well if used both morning and night. It promises to help improve the look of sagging skin, helping the face and neck to seem ‘lifted’ and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Clinique Repairwear Anti-aging Makeup gives a natural line-smoothing finish, helping block and mend the look of lines.

La Prairie Anti-aging Complex cream goes right to the heart of the problem by intervening at the cellular level, where skin needs support. Its three-pronged action helps prevent the loss of moisture and elasticity, promises to reduce skin damage and improves overall condition.

Crème de la Mer’s Regenerating Serum is a skincare powerhouse that diminishes the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores. In addition, it has won Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Hot 100 winner of best serum.

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser is a rich, luxurious, fragrance-free moisturiser for mature or very dry skin. It contains a powerful blend of high-quality naturally active ingredients to smooth, plump and replenish. It also contains high levels of GLA and is rich in omega-3 so helps improve the skin’s elasticity.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum penetrates down into the skin's surface to deliver its super-concentrated amino-peptide and B3 complex.

This fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula provides specially designed hydration that softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin's texture. Skin looks brighter, more radiant and significantly firmer after just five days.

Or try the Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE anti-ageing serum, which addresses major skincare concerns with proven results. Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and discolorations appear reduced while redness, minor scars and existing sun damage look minimised, leaving skin firmer and radiant.

So whether you choose Botox or opt for a potion, get ready to say hello to younger-looking skin.

To book Paddy for your own make-up consultation call Fashion Pharmacy, tel: 028 9032 4437 or email style@fashionpharmacy.com

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