My First Botox Treatment!

MY FIRST BOTOX TREATMENT!

I have been wanting to try Botox and other facial rejuvenation treatments for quite some time. Being in my forties now, I decided it was time to – Honour my Beauty!

WHY THE LATE START?

I’ve been seeing a shift in my facial expressions and noticed my face has really begun to lose its ‘plumpness’ and overall elasticity. The frown lines and other areas of my face have become noticeably more deep with lines. 

Here are some of my own personal reasons for the delay in honoring my Beauty;

  • FINANCES – this was, of all the reasons, the one that I identified with the most! I always knew this was going to cost money and my mindset was – well, limiting and because of this mindset, I was not actually ‘Honoring’ my Beauty. I now realize I deserve to invest in myself and this means taking care of my Beauty as well as every other level in my personal life! We’ve got to invest in ourselves, right Ladies?
  • FINDING A GREAT DOCTOR –  This one was definitely time consuming. I tend to overanalyze, so this took some time. I finally found a great Doctor who – in my opinion is well-trained, well-versed in her skill. I looked for someone who embodied the latest technology in skincare advancements, and someone who had a very holistic approach for injectables and all other advanced modalities for treatments. I am happy to say, she will be my go-to gal for future treatments.
  • RESEARCH – This one goes along with finding the Doctor. I also did a lot of research on all these treatments; Botox, Fillers, Laser Treatments, Microneedling and more. I researched the products, brand names used, the side effects, procedures plus any other information that would be relevant in healing, the results and downtime. This gave me an arsenal of information that I found to be very helpful in determining the treatments I would soon be having. **Please do your due diligence when researching any form of medical information. There are reputable sources, and a lot of fake misinformation out there – I personally have a fairly strong Science and Skincare education and training. 

THE TREATMENT PLAN

We started with taking pictures of my facial expressions, to which we then discussed all of the potential treatment options. There were many – from injectables, lasers, fillers, hydrafacials as well as upkeep during the process. The plan we went over for my personal skin care treatments would be done over the course of a year and included all the aforementioned. 

This is great news because, in case you were wondering, Lasers, injectables and other rejuvenation treatments are expensive! We are looking at a minimum $1100-2000 for some of the specific treatments – which is a really good price compared to other places – and, of course it is worth it! 

We started with injectables – botox ( xeomin ). My doctor did my forehead, frown lines and micro drops around the outer corners of my eyes for my first treatment. We did use a numbing cream over the area prior to injecting. 

I was told to stay upright afterwards for the duration of the day, and there were other after-care protocols as well. 

RESULTS

After about two days I definitely could see the results on my forehead and frown lines. My forehead was noticeably a lot smoother, the frown lines softer as well. They were still noticeable – but that is because they were very deep prior to the treatment, which is why there will other treatments using Laser and more – down the road.

Your face really does ‘Freeze’. I have never experienced this before and personally, I am not sure I really would ever be comfortable not being able to move my muscles. I am so accustomed to moving my face – I am very expressive and the one thing I did notice – which I did not like was – my eyelid was more so ‘hooded’. I could not move it – to keep it taught; For example, when I put mascara on, I can lift my eyelid by using the muscles in my eyelid, and I could not (for the life of me), lift my eyelid up – it was frozen in this lax state. This for me, was not something I liked. 

There are some factors as to why some parts of the facial muscles will have a different outcome or effect, I think this particular area around my eye either had too much or perhaps, not enough (?). The follow-up we will look at this more in depth.

On another note, not being able to move your forehead is – eerie – for me. I liked being able to move my face muscles. These are my honest thoughts…

FINAL THOUGHTS

Would I do this again? Is this right for me? 

I would consider doing my frown line area again – perhaps a micro-drop treatment. This will be discussed with my Doctor when I am in for a follow up appointment. Ultimately we wanted to continue with the injectables -on the lower portion of my face. This may or may not happen, as I wasn’t the most comfortable with the facial freezing sensation. We will see.

I most definitely will be doing Laser and Hydrafacials though, and I am looking forward to these advanced treatments! As for the planned fillers, I am not so sure as of yet. 

All in all – my experience was a good one for my first ever injectable treatment. 

I would also like to try  Facial Acupuncture. I feel as though this would be a great rejuvenation treatment to stimulate collagen. 

I hope this information was helpful! 

~Honour your Beauty~

*These views expressed are Solely my own and do not in any way represent actual results for anyone wanting to try this. Please make informed choices when making the decisions to have any procedure done. 

SWEET AND SAVORY SNACK IDEAS

I was inspired to write this blog because I am often looking for clean healthy snacks to take with me when I am on the go, at work and going about my day. These snacks I’ve created are great because you will be satiated and these will sustain you while working on your busy days. They are loaded with good fats and healthy functional sugars.

CACAO COCONUT CHIPS

  • 3 Cups Coconut Strips – large ones
  • 2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Nectar *
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice – or Cinnamon 
  • Pinch sea salt

METHOD

Preheat oven 175 F

Place coconut chips in a large bowl – add coconut nectar and mix well

Add cacao powder, pumpkin spice (or cinnamon) and pinch of sea salt – mix all together 

Place the mixture of coconut chips onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread evenly. Make sure the coconut chips are spread even **

Lightly dust a bit of the cacao powder and coconut sugar over the chips before placing in the oven.

Bake for 30 minutes at 175F – check often as ovens may vary in temperature

Check for crispiness by lightly checking the chips – fluffing them up so to speak.

Turn oven off and let cool inside oven. They will become a nice crispiness at this point.

Remove and transfer into glass jars. ENJOY!

NOTES: * For the coconut nectar, you can purchase it at your local organic markets – it is a bit pricey. I make my own version:

  • 6 Tbsp of filtered water to a small fry pan – boil it
  • 4 Tbsp of coconut sugar to boiling water. I let this simmer for 3 minutes – until it looks like it is a bit syrupy – let sit to cool slightly – this should make ¼ cup of the syrup

** the baking sheet I use is a smaller one than the typical regular sized one and this gives the coconut chips a bit more layer in the baking sheet. If you use a larger baking sheet, the chips may be spread a bit thinner, this may change your oven baking time. Please check your coconut chips while baking as they may crisp up sooner.  😊

 

PUMPKIN SPICED SEEDS

  • 1 Cup organic Pumpkin Seeds*
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 5 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • Sea Salt

METHOD

Preheat oven 215F

In large bowl add pumpkin seeds, olive oil and apple cider and mix well

Add in the spices + nutritional yeast – mix well

Layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper – spread evenly. Bake in oven 25-30 minutes

*This can vary depending on oven temperatures. Keep checking the pumpkin seeds after 20 minutes to see how roasted they are. You may need to keep baking them until you feel they are roasted enough – 35-40 minutes.

Turn off oven and let it in the oven until cooled – this will allow the seeds to become crisper and more roasted.

Once cooled transfer the pumpkin seeds to your glass jars. ENJOY 😊

*This mixture can be used as a base for Sunflower seeds as well. You can use 2 cups of sunflower seeds and adjust the seasoning to your taste. I like mine spicy so I tend to use more seasoning and the liquids as well. Feel free to play around with these recipes.

 

 

 

The Lean Meal Plan

BEAUTY LIFE

034

Sample Meal Plan + Fitness Template

AM: MORNING – Drink a Glass of room temp Filtered Water with Fresh Lemon and dash of Cayenne Pepper *can add splash of apple cider vinegar as well

  • Yerba Mate Tea – steep the loose-leaf tea for 10 mins or longer – Yerba Mate tea is a great energizer and an Antioxidant
  • CARDIO – 45 mins 5 days week AM – before breakfast + 1ltr H2O
  • **Include a fresh-pressed juice in the mornings before first meal to get the digestive system going and to lightly cleanse the system– grapefruit/ lemon / cayenne / ginger/ beets/ algae’s. These are beneficial for cleansing and detox.

MEAL 1

  • Greens Smoothie: spirulina, chlorella, alpha and barley wheat grass / frozen berries or pineapple / hemp milk or coconut water / BCAA’s ( amino acids) / coconut yogurt
  • ½ Cup Oats – add almonds / walnuts or hemp seeds for extra fats and protein / cinnamon ** a small handful of nuts **tbsp hemp seeds
  • 3-4 eggs ( 1-2 yolk ) – *a tsp coconut oil to scramble is ok

MEAL 2 – 1 LTR H20 ( before)

  • 4-5 oz lean protein: Turkey, cod, chicken, or sockey salmon *free range if possible **avoid albacore tuna – high in mercury
  • 2 cups green salad + 1 cup steamed veggies. Avoid white potato’s / Corn
  • ½ Cup quinoa / rice / yam etc * use balsamic or apple cider vinegar / lemon and a small amount of organic olive oil, walnut or hemp oil ( 1tsp)

MEAL 3 – 1 LTR H20 TRAIN WITH WEIGHTS ( if your work schedule permits you to do so )

  • 4-5 oz Lean Protein – same as above or alternatively have a plant based protein – tempeh / lentils
  • 2 cups mix green salads – sprouts / carrots/ beets / cucumbers/ chickpeas
  • Piece of fruit – apple with few almonds

MEAL 4 – 1LTR H20

  • Protein Smoothie – just add water / coconut water or hemp milk

MEAL 5 – 1 LTR H20

  • Same as Meal 2 or 3

MEAL 6 –

  • Light snack – protein / good fats *Eg: egg whites with spinach / protein shake (plant based or Isolate whey with water)

AVOID – All Refined oils: Canola / Hydrogenated / Vegetable Oils

USEUnrefined Organic: Coconut Oil / Olive Oil / Hemp Oil / Walnut Oil / Grapeseed Oil / Avocado Oil

AVOID – Dairy and dairy products: cheese / milk and cream etc.

USE – Plant Based Alternatives: Hemp milk / Almond Milk *no added sugars / Coconut yogurts / fermented miso / soy Tempeh * no Soy Milk – Estrogen / hormone disrupters

AVOID – All refined sugars ( it is in almost everything!) *No artificial sweetners – too much chemicals

USE – Organic Coconut sugar ( in moderation & on oatmeal etc) / organic maple syrup / raw honey  * use all sweeteners sparingly

**Drink only Water, herbal teas, and your morning smoothies + protein shake (mixed with water ) .. Drink filtered water according to your fitness activity ( for example; do not overload with 4-5 ltr water a day IF you are not at all active and sweating with your fitness.. lets hope you ARE training though – at least 6/ days per week 🙂

*CONDIMENTS ALLOWED – Spices + Herbs / Mrs.Dash / Lemon * Do not use table salt  ** Alternatively can use Himalayan Sea Salt.

* No deep fried foods

* No Ketchup / hp sauces / bbq etc – these all have sugars/ salts with poor quality oils in them

* Try natural dips and spreads ( sparingly ) – avocado / hummus / tahini etc

* Avoid Alcoholic Beverages that have added mixes; juice/pop etc.  – stick to wine / clean tequila 😊 with water IF you must, and limit the amount to just a beverage on weekend

*** typically if one wants to get lean, you should AVOID all alcohol for few months to see a difference in body overall .

* TRAIN Fitness 6 x / week for about an hour ( weights and cardio) .. ** Complete the AM Cardio 6 days / week 45 mins – Before breakfast!!

*Do Not eat 3 hours before bedtime * a protein shake with water OR few raw almonds is ok ( if feeling like you need something)

😊 * 7-8 hours rest every night!

*FOR A COMPLETE GROCERY SHOPPING LIST, RECIPE’S + PRIVATE CONSULTING PLEASE EMAIL ME:

holisticbeauty1@outlook.com

~BEAUTY LIFE ~

* Before following a new workout and meal plan program, consult with your health care practitioner for a complete checkup*