Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not. – Dr. Howard Murad
Is 40 really the new 20?
One of the current social media trends happening right now is the “Ten Year Challenge” #10yearchallenege. If you haven’t seen it or have no idea what I’m talking about the concept of the challenge is to determine how hard AGING has hit you. People everywhere are posting side by side pictures of themselves from 10 years ago versus a current photo. If you follow me on Instagram and/or FaceBook (which by the way you totally should) you might have seen mine a few weeks back. These pictures were a big hit for me personally and the positive support from others made me realize how grateful I am for having such an amazing tribe in my corner. I have grown a lot. Not just physically but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.
Ten years ago I weighed 350lbs and had no idea who I was, what I wanted, or where I was going. I thought my career path needed to go in a certain direction. I thought I needed to keep up with the Jones’ and have a certain house, car, or husband. I thought that once I met a man I loved that we would magically live happily ever after and never go through tough times. Siiiiigh. Young Beth.
2009 vs 2019
My 30’s were such a beautiful, sometimes painful, but ultimately awesome decade. I am of the philosophy that aging is a beautiful journey and a privilege, because it’s not something everyone gets to experience . . . HOWEVER . . . I don’t need to look my age if I don’t want to.
With 10 years of experiences behind me and 155 lbs gone forever life, time, stress, sun and gravity have had taken their toll on me and unfortunately my skin. As we age our skin loses its ability to retain moisture effectively because our skin cells are not regenerating as often. In our teens and 20’s our skin regenerates every 14 days. As 30 and beyond approaches our skin is now going through this process every 28-35 days. This change affects both the look and feel of our skin. The luminous glow you once had as a twenty something now takes a bit more work and bit more product. But have no fear, you still have some control. Drinking lots of water, exfoliating, and moisturizing will help preserve your skins integrity and if you’re looking for more help the beauty industry will never let you. So let me guide you.
As I shared with you before the holidays, I have no intention of aging gracefully. I had my first BOTOX appointment on December 12, 2018 and now I’m here to give the 411 and share my before and after pictures. First, I booked my appointment with Dr. Cynthia Abbott at Dermatology Affiliates in Midtown Atlanta. She came highly recommended by my bestie, who always does her research before she recommends, seriously she knows her stuff. I arrived at their posh office 30 minutes early for my appointment, as I was instructed, so the nurse could apply numbing cream to my forehead, the bridge of my nose, and the crows feet area. I’m not really sure how well this numbing cream worked on me, because I could still feel the needle but some people literally feel nothing. JUST MY LUCK. The injections can feel like a pinch or a prick. They are a little uncomfortable but I wouldn’t say it was painful. They are also very quick, just a few seconds each, so even though I could feel the prick, it didn’t last very long. The injection process took about 15 minutes so I was in and out in about an hour.
Quick side note from teacher Beth: I actually ended up getting Dysport rather than Botox. Dysport and Botox are both types of botulinum toxin injections. They can both be used to treat muscle spasms and a variety of health conditions. However, they are primarily known and most often used to treat and prevent wrinkles. The differences lie in the potency of trace proteins, which can make one more effective than the other but this all truly depends on the individual. I personally got Dysport. It’s slightly less expensive than Botox (I saved $25) and the results typically take effect sooner (4 days vs 7-10 days) and last longer (4-6 months vs 3-4 months)
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INJECTIONS
The effects of the injections can take up to 2 full weeks to fully show. I did have a headache a few hours after the injections which is a normal side effect but it went away the next day. Dr. Abbott also had me return for a follow up appointment to evaluate my skin and provide touch ups to any areas that needed it a few weeks later.
PRE TOUCH UP
DAY OF TOUCH UP
Now that it’s been a month or so since my initial injections and follow up, my Dysport is in full effect, and I could not be MORE pleased with the natural and subtle difference this has made. My skin is smoother, my makeup applies much more evenly, and doesn’t sink into the deep forehead creases like it has done it the past. I am sold and will certainly continue to budget and plan for this addition to my beauty regimen and skincare routine.
THE BIG REVEAL
So is 40 the new 20? I would say HELL YES. I am looking my best and feeling my best due to self care and finally loving the skin I’m in. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I encourage all of you to embrace your age or life experience as I like to call it and be your own kind of beautiful. If you’ve ever wanted to try injections or fillers but have been afraid I’m here to tell you … life is short my friend, just do it.
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Love, Lashes and Lipstick,