Clients in their 20s often approach me expressing unhappiness about their wrinkles and the psychological distress caused by them. Instead of recognizing their skin as normal for someone in their 20s, they associate it with someone much older. Consequently, they resort to measures like Botox. Taking drastic actions such as invasive procedures to address psychological issues rarely yields satisfying results. At best, it offers temporary relief, but more often than not, it establishes an expensive and unnatural standard, particularly when frozen foreheads become the norm.

To gain a better understanding of the situation, follow these steps:

  1. Reflect on your motivations: Take a step back and honestly assess why you’re considering Botox. Are external influences like social media or peer pressure the main driving forces? Or have you consulted a reputable dermatologist who genuinely believes Botox is a safe and suitable option for you? Understanding your motivations is crucial in making a decision that aligns with your values and personal needs.
  2. Focus on accepting yourself: Embrace the concept of self-acceptance and self-love. The media, including social media, often portrays unrealistic beauty standards, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy. Remember that genuine beauty emanates from within, and embracing your natural self is not only empowering but also attractive.
  3. Assess risks and benefits: Educate yourself about the potential risks and benefits associated with Botox. Consider the possible side effects, financial costs, and the temporary nature of the treatment. Weigh these factors against your desire to alter your appearance and determine whether the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
  4. Seek alternative confidence boosters: Explore alternative ways to boost your confidence and self-esteem that don’t involve invasive procedures. Engage in activities that make you feel good about yourself, such as regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, prioritizing adequate sleep, and focusing on personal growth. Building self-confidence from within is a more sustainable approach than relying on external interventions.
  5. Limit exposure to social media: Acknowledge the impact that social media has on your self-perception and consider reducing your exposure to platforms that contribute to negative feelings. Curate your social media feed to include positive and uplifting content, and follow accounts that promote realistic and healthy body standards.
  6. Protect your skin from sun exposure: While I’m not a dermatologist, I do know that simple measures such as using sunscreen and staying well-hydrated can help maintain healthy skin. So remember to incorporate these easy and affordable habits into your routine to preserve your youthful and radiant appearance.

To learn more about living a healthy life, check out my book, Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days.