What Everybody Ought To Know About Botox & Emotional Health

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Emotions & Botox 

Emotional health is an essential aspect of the human experience; it is what connects us to others on a deeper level allowing for intimate connections. Most people live by their emotions, they think with their emotions, act from their emotions, and react with emotions. Emotions are an essential part of life, can we agree?

Now there is the desire that most people have especially women to look and feel younger. Hey, don’t worry I don’t judge! I don’t have a skin care routine for fun. But, what happens when in our pursuit to look and stay young we lose our ability to process emotion?

What if I told you that Botox, may have the potential to keep your face looking young but stop you from processing emotions? How? Do you ask? Well stick with me, and I’ll explain, but first, you must understand something called Facial Feeback Effect.

Let’s Define Facial FeedBack Effect: (definitions are my life),

David Myers (2016) defines it as “the tendency of facial expression to trigger corresponding feelings such as fear, anger, or happiness” (115).

For example, how many of us have been walking past a stranger, and they smile at you, so you do what? If you are like most people, you smile back! Or when you binge watch your favorite Netflix show, and the character is sad, you feel a little sad yourself, right? That display of emotions is an instinctive reaction that stems from what psychology calls the Facial feedback effect.

So, What does Botox have to do with Emotions?


Botox, My Age Away Please!

The basis of botox is to iron out our fine lines and wrinkles. People want to keep a youthful look and stop that pesky frown line from becoming a permanent frowny face. In the quest to keep our youthful skin and eliminating any sign of wrinkles we may be inadvertently losing our much needed facial expressions.

Without facial expressions, we lose the ability to gather insight on how we feel, and others feel. Which will make it difficult for us to have proper social interaction.  Researchers have found the following results on the use of Botox based on their studies (as cited Myers, 2016)

“Botox smoothes emotional wrinkles. If it’s hard for us to know what the frozen-faced Botoxed are feeling, it’s also hard for them to know themselves. Paralyzing the frowning muscles with Botox slows activity in people’s emotion-related brain circuits and slows their reading of sadness- or anger-related sentences” (p.115).

How can we adequately respond to someone emotional need if we can’t recognize it when we see it?

The Facial Feedback Effect is what allows us to interpret other feelings when displayed on their face. But if you can’t make that emotional reaction with your face, you won’t be able to identify it in your loved one’s faces either. Think about it, if someone is upset with you, or sad, how can you rectify the situation if you can’t interpret their emotion.

In a report by Bower (2010) he quotes David Havas, he hypothesized that “Botox paralysis of the frown muscle, may gradually weaken brain circuits that coordinate negative emotions.”  If this is true, it could implicate that emotional recognition would also be permanently affected, and identification of negative emotions would be forever gone.

In a study, on Botox and how it affects Facial Feedback Neal and Chartrand (2011) notes ” Botox conceivably may undermine these outcomes by reducing mimicry and thus dampening the facial feedback signals that otherwise would promote emotional understanding” (677). Yes, the study is of a small group, but it should not be ignored.  Emotional intelligence is a crucial part of the human experience and appropriate social interaction. Each one of these findings should be considered carefully when choosing to get that  Botox injection.


Look 10 Years Younger

Lucky for us science has come a long way and getting Botox injections is not the only way to rewind time. One of the ways you can keep that youthful looking glow is by practicing a good skin care routine. A routine that consists of more than just creams and lotions is necessary for optimal skin health. Like physical health,  healthy youthful skin starts from the inside out. Here are 4 of my MUST do’s to Look and Feel ten years younger.

1. Drink Plenty of water;

It is recommended that you consume half your body weight in water every day. When you are regularly drinking water, it helps the skin retain its natural glow. Also, all those bathroom trips, though a little annoying,  are a sign that the removal of toxins is exiting your body and helping to balance your skin tone.

Do you hate water?

Here is a fantastic Keto Lemonade recipe from Leanne with Healthful Pursuit,  that I have tweaked to spice up my water.

My Version:

  • 5 cups water (1 cup hot and 4 cups cold)
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) fresh lemon juice

2.  Keep a Healthy Whole Food Diet;

We all hate to diet, but the key is to find the nutrition plan that fits your life. There are different options when it comes to nutrition, from Mediterranean Diet, Keto, Paleo, Low-Carb, and so many others for you to choose.  Practice 8/20 rule, it’s ok to have treats, just don’t let the treats become the 80% of your diet!

3. Consume Collagen;

Collagen is all the hype nowadays; some say it is the new Kale, and you know what good thing cause I hate Kale! But really, Collagen has a ton of health benefits. In a study (Proksch et al.2014) it was reported skin elasticity had significantly improved. After four weeks of continued use significantly higher skin elasticity level achieved. Furthermore, in another Proksch et al. (2014) study found that after eight weeks of use there was a significant reduction of eye wrinkles and an overall improvement of the skin. 

That’s just the health benefits to the skin; collagen has so many more overall health benefits that I will discuss in a later post. But ingesting collagen sounds a whole lot better than getting poked with a needle full of botulinum toxin-A (BOTOX).

Collagen is available in many forms, but it is liquid collagen that is best absorbed by our bodies. My personal favorite is Liquid Biocell; you can get yours here, it is so remarkable that it has been awarded 7 U.S. and international patents and multiple industry awards. It has been featured on NBC, Good Morning America, and Fox News.

Here are some of the Benefits of Liquid Biocell:

  • Reduces wrinkles*
  • Decreases dryness
  • Improves skin’s hydration
  • Increases skin’s collagen content*
  • Reduces hyaluronidase, the enzyme that can make your skin age*
  • Promotes joint mobility & lubrication
  • All products formulated with our exclusive Collagen/HA Matrix® Technology support joint and muscle fitness, connective tissue health, restore youthful skin, and support healthy hair, nails, gums, and eyes*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.

4. Get Effective Skincare Products;

It’s important to remember that the skin is an organ and that it absorbs everything we apply on it, including harmful chemicals. When looking for beauty products ensure that they are EWG certified. Here are the links to my favorite brands; they both are EWG certified. So you can use them with confidence, and they are both highly effective.

The Rejuvenating Regimen: The ultimate regimen for rejuvenating skin and fighting signs of aging. The formulas feature jambu extract, which works to firm, nourish, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

and

The Skin Care Collection: Organic ingredients combine so you can feel good while you use skin care products.

Once you have implemented these four fantastic tools, you will be well on your way to having brilliant skin, and looking ten years younger!


Beauty should not put our emotional health at risk. Our need to stay young should not interfere with our ability to have an intimate, loving relationship with the people in our lives.

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Wilmari Eckerson

 

 

 


References

Bower, B. (2010). Humans: Effects of botox go beyond the face: Freezing the frown muscle may hamper emotional sensitivity. Science News178(3), 8-8.

Havas, D. A., Glenberg, A. M., Gutowski, K. A., Lucarelli, M. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2010). Cosmetic Use of Botulinum Toxin-A Affects Processing of Emotional Language. Psychological Science21(7), 895-900.

Myers, D. (2016). The Self in A Social World. In Chapter 4. Behavior and Attitudes Assignment [Connect Access Card for “Social Psychology”] (12th ed., p. 109).

Neal, D. T., & Chartrand, T. L. (2011). Embodied Emotion Perception. Social Psychological and Personality Science2(6), 673-678.

Proksch, E., Schunck, M., Zague, V., Segger, D., Degwert, J., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral Intake of Specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides Reduces Skin Wrinkles and Increases Dermal Matrix Synthesis. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology27(3), 113-119. doi:10.1159/000355523

Proksch, E., Segger, D., Degwert, J., Schunck, M., Zague, V., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology27(1), 47-55. doi:10.1159/000351376

 

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