There are days when I long for a wrinkle free face and other days I’m ok with my lines that tell a story of my life and the ravages of time. What, wait, stop the violin! No I don’t accept my wrinkles, what am I talking about! I gaze longingly at many women I know with their smooth brows and admire how fresh and awake they look. I’m definitely not opposed to Botox and the truth be known it simply does not sit well with my face. When I have dabbled in the past I feel like I have a slab of concrete resting on my forehead and my eyelids seem to be even more droopy. My features to me look slightly alien – yes the lines are gone but that’s about all.
So I hate to be the barer of bad news that may bring a frown to even the most heavily botoxed face, but new research has shown that the potent toxin could in some rare cases escape into the central nervous system and could possibly be a contributor to neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. So before you freak out, there is some good news for those of you who have regular Botox treatments; so far no side-effects of using Botox medically have been found. To read more click here
If this has concerned you a touch or you simply want some alternatives, I have made it my mission this week to give you others ways to smooth your face and even possibly give your features a wee lift!
Day 1. Face Mask
Like with a canvas you need to do the prep work to get maximum benefit for the week ahead so the best place to start is with a face mask. I am now going to shamelessly promote my Girl Undiscovered Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask – I know I am biased but this mask knows what she’s doing! It helps to restore luminosity to stressed skin. The three superstar ingredients in it are – Burmese thanaka, Balinese virgin coconut oil and wild island kanuka honey – combine for a hydration power-boost. Burmese thanaka, with its fresh scent of newly-mown hay, exfoliates, organic coconut oil nourishes and kanuka honey deep-treats to soothe irritation, redness, eczema or acne.
If you already have a fav mask, please make sure it is natural. I recommend, for best results, leaving your face mask on for twenty minutes, then massage and leave to absorb again to maximise all the goodness.
Day 2. Face lifting and smoothing massage
This has been a little bit of “work-in-the-making” creating a facial massage that has the ability to lift droopy eye lids (yes this was for me!), smooth lines, and tighten facial muscles, as well is lymphatic drainage.
What you will need.
- Cleanser – my Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing water is sublime
- Two smooth crystals around 2- 3 cm
- Stars Aligning Elixir Face Oil or your fav oil
Ok I am going to do it again, and recommend my product – the Stars Aligning Elixir Oil that is by the way perfect for all skin types. Organic Balinese virgin coconut oil is enriched with nourishing Thanaka 8 Extract and the antibacterial skin boost of wild island Kanuka honey. Infused with calendula and bergamot oils to calm and uplift, Moroccan Argan oil and raspberry seed oils to super hydrate and soothe and camellia oil packed full of natural antioxidants to deep-moisturise without making the skin feel greasy.
You can always use an oil you have on hand but may not get the same benefits. You will also need two rose quartz crystals. Which incidentally come in our “Under the Waterfall Cleansing Water” (yes – it is pretty special too!)
Here is a 7 minute step by step video on how to do this very effective massage.
Day 3. Wrinkle Patches
After doing some research on facial patches that help to diminish lines and wrinkles I decided to to do it on the cheap and tried using surgical tape by 3 M which seemed to be the beauty hack that came up when I googled Frownies (the original wrinkle patch) This worked ok but I was worried about the glue and also the way it pulled my skin when taking them off. I did not want to undo all the good I had just done over night! So being the mad witch that I am, I decided to make my own; improve what was already on offer by infusing my patches with Frankincense.
Here is what you will need.
- Kraft Paper
- Arabic Resin
- Frankincense Tears
- Hot Water
How to make
- Make the natural glue by putting Arabic resin and Frankincense resin in boiling water and leave overnight so the gum melts and becomes syrupy.
- Cut pieces of kraft paper in triangles or shapes to suit your face.
- Brush on the glue and leave to dry for at least 5 hours
How to apply
- Cleanse your face
- Moisturise paying special attention your lined areas to get circulation going
- Make sure it is well soaked in, and if you use face oil, wipe off the area where the patch will go
- Spray the patch with rosewater.
- Using two fingers of one hand, smooth your skin while pressing the patch with the fingers of your other hand. Hold in place for about 20 seconds until the patch adheres.
- Leave overnight or if you have a special event put on about 4 hours beforehand
- To remove use a wet face cloth to soak the patch and peel off.
Well the outcome has been quite surprising, especially between my eyes, but it is early days as it should take about 30 days to start making a difference. I have to say making the patches is quite fiddly – maybe beacause the inner child in me decorated the paper too! Watch this space or if you are desperate give “Frownies” a go but know they won’t be infused with some incredible ingredients.
Day 4. Micro Needling
I invested in a gold micro needler about a year a go but have been rather slack at using it so now was the best time to put my prickly friend into action!
- Make sure you have cleansed your skin thoroughly
- Gently roll the micro-roller vertically, horizontally, and diagonally over each side of the face, chin, lips, forehead, and neck while using mild, even pressure.
- Pay extra attention to areas that were lined.
- You can also go gently over your eyes and lips
- Don’t force or push it into skin; you just gently roll.
- Once finished apply your favourite serum. I use a straight hyaluronic acid made from yams. 100% natural and super effective. Again watch this space for facial serums. The witch is working her magic!
- Spray with rosewater. I love Lemurian Springs Indian Red Rose Mist
My skin felt super glowy and while it was pink I kind of love that flushed look. I also noticed that a fine line on my lip had gone which makes me think if I keep this up there is hope for my other fellow lines! Word of warning – make sure you disinfect the roller each time you use it as infection can easily happen – I have had a few nasty spots from the roller needles.
Day 5. Diet
As we know beauty starts from within so it is not rocket science that we are what we eat. You can never have too many high antioxidant fruit and veges and of course my fav Omega 3 is essential, not forgetting our vitamin friends. So get these following 6 ingredients into your daily diet and you skin will thank you.
- Sweet Potato
- Red Capsicum
Fun fact – onions aren’t just for adding flavour to food—they’re also rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that protects against wrinkles. Studies show that it may save skin from harmful UVB rays – who would’ve thought a plain old onion could be so incredible!
Day 6. Bone Broth
My all-time favourite source of collagen. If you drink enough of a good brew you really can help to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. No wonder it has been called liquid botox! While expensive collagen skin creams work temporarily, dietary collagen is far more potent because it mainlines collagen to your cells. In addition, the gelatin derived from collagen heals your digestive tract, helping to prevent inflammation that leads to aging. Because bone broth contains so many nutrients (including ones we normally don’t get in our diets), it has many benefits other than just reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.
My super wonderful friend Brucie makes an incredible bone broth and has got it down to a fine art. Lucky for me he made me a batch and not only is it part of my new beauty regime it is wonderful for my mother as her joints are seizing up. The combo of glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid are ideal for that. Oh and did I mention earlier how amazing hyaluronic is for your skin. Now you get a double dose externally and internally!
Not ready to give up the Botox? Fair enough, but do bring some of these solutions into your daily routine to get extra glowing skin. Oh and don’t forget your 7 glasses of water a day, you may pee like a race horse but it will be worth it!