- April 21th, 2021
Botox & Fillers vs Skincare: Keeping Your Complexion Youthful Longer
We’re convinced we’ve unlocked the secret to healthy, youthful-looking skin.
Achieving the skin of your dreams – line-free, even-toned, hydrated, healthy, plump, dewy, clear, enviably youthful – is a truly immersive, integrated effort. Not a one-size-fits-all formula, skincare is all-encompassing, taking time, commitment, consistency, knowledge, patience, practice, and preventative measures. Picking the right products for your skin type and sticking to a daily, ritualistic routine is only half of the beauty battle to help win the war on wrinkles and aging. Then, there’s the commitment of undergoing minimally invasive must-do’s that seamlessly complement your regimented skincare routine. This skin-saving formula is proven to be the gold standard. A little pricking and prodding here and there every few months from your favorite dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon synergized with scientifically backed, at-home skincare is the ultimate tried-and-true antidote to aging is guaranteed to do wonders for your skin, and will make all the difference. It’s not just science; it’s a steadfast dedication to keeping your skin aesthetically youthful and positively healthy. We’re debunking long-held myths about skincare, science, common cosmetic procedures, and uncovering the secret to skin success at any age.
Skincare 101: The Case for MD GLAM
Let’s start with a beauty basic – skincare. So, what is skincare, exactly? Skincare is defined as the daily application of topical products that contain the most efficacious, medical-grade, highly active ingredients clinically proven to heal, hydrate, correct, and protect the skin. An effective skin care regimen is one that works and one that you will stick to, but should ultimately offer: antioxidant protection against free radicals looking to rob youthful skin of its glow; multi-tasking wrinkle warrior retinol; collagen-promoting and toning vitamin C; complexion-plumping hyaluronic acid; brightening and skin-smoothing glycolic and lactic acids; ceramides to protect the lipid layer from daily/nightly moisture loss; and exotic, essential extracts and beautifying botanicals. A skincare regimen that contains these glow-getting goodies is a well-rounded one – the full package!
MD GLAM is a scientifically advanced skincare collection developed and created by plastic surgeon-to-the-stars, Dr. Cat Begovic. MD GLAM fits the bill and checks all the skin-beautifying boxes in one complete, synergistic, routine-simplifying system. Plus, its beach-scented Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub doubles as your weekly tropical getaway in a tube. Luxurious, sumptuous, and irresistibly seductive to the senses, the six essentials that make up the anti-aging MD GLAM arsenal covers all your everyday beauty basics in between your in-office visits.
Prevention, maintenance, and consistency are keys to getting and keeping a healthy, happy, youthful-looking complexion. Finding an effective product line that you will absolutely look forward to using every day and committing to using it will help prevent those incriminating creases and crinkles from creeping up while keeping your youthful radiance from dimming. Suitable for all skin types and ages, MD GLAM is like having Dr. Cat in your bathroom every day! That’s why she was so compelled to create her bestselling line. She, too, was frustrated by piles of pricy products accumulating in her bathroom that didn’t deliver on their purported promises. So, she created her own and took the guesswork out of overwhelming product choices. Her boutique, the bestselling line includes everything you need – and nothing you don’t – to get the skin you want and keep your complexion glowing and gorgeous in-between those minimally invasive maintenance visits, like a retinol-based eye serum, mineral-based sunscreen, day and night moisturizer, gentle foaming cleanser, and micro-milled enzyme scrub to buff the day’s dead skin away. Though each one of the products is available for individual sale, Dr. Cat strongly encourages procuring the entire curated collection that contains all six essentials for the ultimate skincare squad. The feminine-forward pink and white box complements any vanity. And, they’re travel-friendly, too! Not only is a skincare regimen vital to preserving the integrity of your skin, but it’s also a way to indulge in much-needed, well-deserved self-care.
However, skincare is just one piece of the skin-prettifying puzzle. Topical skincare solutions only go so deep. It’s also what you put inside your body, such as piling your plate with wholesome, fortifying, skin-friendly foods, squeezing in your daily sweat sessions at the gym, avoiding smoking and sunbathing, and getting your 8-plus hours of deep, restorative beauty sleep every night. So, nix the late-night Netflix binge-watching and skip the sugar stash to save your skin.
Prick and Prod Your Way to Pretty: Minimally Invasive Procedures
Think of your daily diet and taking supplements. Your supplements fill those nutritional gaps that your food may or may not be providing. Regularly visiting your derm for a skin cancer check and a bout of Botox® or facial filler, strategically combined with at-home skincare, make for some pretty effective armory against aging and will ward off the wrinkles longer. Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, like Botox®/Dysport®, facial fillers, peels, and micro-needling are all maintenance must-do’s that continually keep skin youthful, firm, dewy, and wrinkle-free for the long haul. Undergoing these virtually painless procedures prevents the need for more (painful) procedures down the proverbial road, such as invasive, full-face lifts, and other scary surgery. The earlier you begin treating your skin to regular, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, coupled with everyday at-home skincare, the younger you’ll look for longer. While we cannot completely stop the hands of time, we can considerably slow down their pace on our face with these virtually painless, cosmetic procedures:
The days of surreptitiously stepping into your plastic surgeon’s office for a quick lunchtime injection of Botox® is no longer taboo. Most everyone has done it, is considering it, and will do it. Nearly 1.5 million Botox® and Dysport® injections were administered last year in America alone, making these skin-smoothing saviors one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in the industry. More and more men are even getting in on the smooth skin look, as well as women as young as 20-something as a form of preventative maintenance. Not exactly a bargain beauty fix, Botox® is a beauty habit that needs to be budgeted for, but well worth every prettifying penny. Botox®/Dysport® are the cosmetic forms of botulinum toxin that dramatically reduces, and in most cases gets rid of, the expression lines on the face (forehead, between brows, and around eyes) for a smooth, tight, refreshed appearance. The neuroblocking agent safely and temporarily paralyzes the underlying facial muscles, preventing those visible creases and crinkles in the skin that become more etched into our appearance over time.
Each treatment usually takes around 20 minutes to perform and lasts between 3 and 4 months on average before wearing off, allowing muscles to contract again and causing wrinkles to re-appear. A total game-changing wrinkle warrior, Botox®/Dysport® is one of the most effective ways to quickly and effectively eliminate fine lines and deep wrinkles. Paired with consistent skincare and a daily slathering of broad-spectrum sun protection with the MD GLAM Sunshout Sunscreen 50 SPF is a beauty no-brainer for age-defying results. Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging, such as photoaging, hyperpigmentation/sunspots, the breakdown of collagen (laxity), and roughened texture. Not to mention skin cancer! Dr. Cat employs an artistically creative technique when injecting her clients – where, how much, and how often. She’s got it down to a science, specific to each client. Because each client is different and desires a particular aesthetic, Dr. Cat thoroughly evaluates each client using detailed facial muscle analysis to not only achieve a smooth, line-free face, but to re-shape, lift, and correct any asymmetries. Dr. Cat has one of the most sought-after, elevated aesthetic eyes in the industry and is like a Picasso with a syringe, famously known for injecting her own ageless complexion on the regular!
• Facial Fillers
Facial fillers, like Restalyne® and Juvéderm®, are hyaluronic acid-filled injectables aimed to address volume loss while sculpting and re-shaping the contours of the complexion for a firmer, more lifted look. Facial fillers are also injected into the lip area to plump a thinning pout and to fill in eye hollows due to laxity and aging skin in the age-susceptible orbital area. However, the most common areas for facial fillers are the nasolabial folds and cheekbones.
Other maintenance must-do’s include micro-needling to help banish blemishes while stimulating plumping collagen and the occasional spa facial to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the complexion. Booking a pampering, skin beautification appointment with a licensed esthetician at a salon or medi-spa every few weeks is a great way to relax, restore, and reboot your beauty.
From Complexion Woes to Complexion WOWS
Don’t cover, correct! Prevention and maintenance while getting in front of potential skin concerns are keys to a beautiful, healthy, younger-looking complexion. The better your skin looks and feels, the less need for makeup and you can truly embrace #nomakeupmondays every day! Forget all those fake phone filters that conceal complexion imperfections. You’ll be a walking real-life filter! Partaking in a high-performance medical-grade skincare system, like MD GLAM, wearing sunscreen (snow, shine, or showers), eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet full of anti-inflammatory superfoods, staying physically active, hitting the hay early every night, taking time out for yourself/relaxing at the spa, and visiting your dermatologist/plastic surgeon for minimally-invasive complexion upkeep is the foolproof formula for flawless-looking skin at any age. Aging prevention and youthful-looking maintenance begin with the application of medically engineered skincare products, such as obsession-worthy MD GLAM, along with regularly undergoing cosmetic procedures from a board-certified dermatologist/plastic surgeon. It’s the key to surefire skin success.