There is no way around it, most of us want to look our best. But there are limits to how far you should go in the process. The simple fact is that not every beauty measure that you can take is one that you should. A great example of a popular and heavily pushed "beautification" procedure that you should pass on comes in the form of botox. In recent years, botox has become readily available and is seen as being a completely safe way to take a few years off one's face; however, that doesn't mean you should feel completely safe doing so. In this article, we will look at why you want to pass on the botox.

The name itself "botox" is a real tip that this isn't a product that you want to take lightly. After all it has "tox," as in toxin, built right into its name. In this way, the marketers of botox have done something quite impressive as they have been able to get people to essentially ignore what this product is, namely botulism toxin. Yes, you did, in fact, read that correctly, botulism toxin!

The Risks Associated with Botox

Now, you might be thinking, "It's just in low doses right?" Well, this is true, but botox is still a toxin. It gets worse, as botox is still untested for long-term and frequent use. In short, we are not exactly sure what using botox will do to the human body on a long term basis. This reason alone should be enough of a reason to avoid this cosmetic procedure.

Additionally, many people have had reactions and negative experiences with botox. Essentially, using botox isn't worth the risk, especially when one factors in that there are other viable and effective ways to combat wrinkles and premature aging.

Other Routes to Healthy Skin

The vast majority of wrinkling isn't due to what is happening on the outmost layer of skin, but instead is the result of a myriad of lifestyle and health choices. This is why proper nutrition, sleep and drinking clean, purified water is so essential for anyone looking for great, healthy skin. Foods high in vitamin C, such as peaches, kiwis, strawberries and other fruits, will give your skin what it needs to be healthy and keep its youthful vitality.

Another key nutrient comes in the form of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines as well as anchovies, and cod, to name a few. For vegans and vegetarians, there are other options for omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, chia seeds and ground flax seeds and flax seed oils. All of these omega-3 rich foods are good for the health of the heart and brain and serve to combat wrinkles.

Avoiding sugar and processed foods serves to compliment healthy food choices and gives your body a chance to fight back the effects of aging across the board. Other techniques, such as facial acupressure, can likewise work wonders for addressing wrinkles that a proper diet and nutrition don't handle. Finally, when it comes to skincare products, look for those that are natural and have as few chemicals and additives as possible.