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Are There Natural Alternatives to Botox?

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Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.
Are There Natural Alternatives to Botox?
Try natural treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Photo Credit face care #3 image by Adam Borkowski from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Dermatologists use Botox injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face. According to MayoClinic.com, Botox is derived from the botulism bacteria that causes food poisoning. After receiving a Botox injection, facial muscle cannot tighten, which causes skin to look smoother and tighter. Botox injections are expensive and come with a host of potential side effects, including pain, headache and nausea. There are several natural alternatives to Botox for treating your wrinkles.

Facial Acupuncture

Acupuncturists can perform facial rejuvenation treatments, according to Tracy Saraduke, an acupuncturist in Colorado. During a facial acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into the skin on your face. Acupuncture treatments can reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and lessen sagging in the neck area. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture reduces the appearance of aging by tightening your pores and improving blood flow to your skin. Saraduke recommends 12 weekly facial acupuncture treatments to experience the best anti-aging results. Find a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in facial rejuvenation to discuss your treatment options and costs.

Natural Topical Treatments

The Doc Shop website states that you can use natural products topically to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. Apply castor oil directly to your face every day to reduce fine lines. Some fruit juices are useful in fighting the effects of aging on the skin. To reduce the appearance of wrinkles, cut a grape in half and rub the grape on your wrinkles. Let the grape juice sit on your face for 30 minutes, then rinse off. You can also apply fresh juice from apples and green pineapples to your face to combat wrinkles. Let the juices sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Prevent Wrinkles

Making a few lifestyle changes can help you develop fewer facial wrinkles as you age, according to the Home Remedies Guide website. If you smoke, quitting can greatly improve the appearance of your skin and slow the development of facial wrinkles. Staying out of the sun is also very helpful in preventing wrinkles. If you have to go out in the sun, wear a hat, or use an umbrella or sunblock to keep harmful UV rays off your face. Stress is another contributor to facial wrinkles, so find a way to relieve stress, such as meditation or exercise, to further enhance your skin's appearance and reduce your need for any anti-wrinkle treatments.

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