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Are There Healthier Vegan Alternatives to Botox?

Are There Healthier Vegan Alternatives to Botox?


  • by Alora Middleton

With veganism on the rise, it’s no surprise that questions about vegan alternatives to Botox are also arising.

For those looking to avoid harmful ingredients and animal products, Botox can pose some concerns. One of the ingredients in Botox, albumin, is a protein from human blood that can also be derived from eggs. Then, besides the fact that the main ingredient of Botox is a toxin, there are side effects to consider. After receiving Botox, some patients report muscle weakness, bruising, swelling, headaches, nausea, and/or bleeding, while others have experienced allergic reactions and even facial paralysis. The occurrence of side effects, or lack thereof, will vary from person to person.

Fortunately, there are some great options available for those who are looking for healthier, vegan alternatives.

Frownies are patches worn on the face that help to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. They may seem like a simplistic solution, but Frownies have been around and working since 1889! Frownies were created by Margaret Kroesen after she noticed her daughter had begun to develop wrinkles and frown lines. The little patches worked wonders and have since been used by people around the world, including many Broadway and Hollywood stars. Frownies help to combat wrinkles by restraining the muscles that cause frowning, squinting, and other repetitive facial movements. They are vegan friendly and free from parabens, phthalates, and fragrance.

V-Tox is a cream created by a celebrity facialist after being asked about a safer alternative to Botox. Unable to think of one, she created one. V-Tox mimics the effects of Botox by blocking the signals that make muscles contract and create frown lines. The main ingredient is botanical algae that help to relax the skin. Other ingredients help to soothe, heal, and diminish dry skin and wrinkles. V-Tox restores collagen and elastin, creating smoother and firmer skin. It is vegan friendly, pregnancy safe, and paraben free.  

Acupuncture has been reported to be a safer natural alternative to Botox. The series of extra-fine needles inserted into acupuncture points on the face create tiny painless wounds, called positive microtraumas, in the skin. The body senses these and begins a process of repair. Simultaneously, the needle stimulation increases blood flow, causing oxygen and nutrients to be sent to the skin cells, and increases the production of collagen. Acupuncture can also help to detoxify the body, getting rid of toxins that can cause wrinkles and redness. All of this helps to smooth the skin, minimize fine lines, improve elasticity, and promote all-around healthier skin.

With the variety of Botox alternatives available today, it’s easy to find one that’s healthier for your body, the animals, and the planet.

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