Duke It Out: Preventative Botox
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Hello, my name is Lauren, and I have a problem. I’d like to lay the blame on my mother (it’s just so convenient!) or maybe her mother before her, but the truth is it’s probably a lot of factors going back who knows how far that have led me to this moment: I’m obsessed with looking young.
While most of my friends still need reminders to wear SPF everyday, I’ve been using anti-aging products since I graduated high school. When I turned 20 I discovered my first fine line across my forehead and have religiously applied product to it almost every day since. This obsession, irrational and vain though it may be, has led me to consider some extreme measures – and it turns out I’m not the only one. Botox injections for women under 30 have skyrocketed in the last few years, and I’m torn.
The whole idea behind getting Botox at our age is to basically prevent the wrinkles from ever forming so you don’t have to fight an uphill battle when you get older. Sounds good! Perfectly rational. And while I’ve had some mixed feelings about plastic surgery in the past, these injections are relatively mild and non-invasive so it’s not quite so extreme. If it makes you feel a little bit better about yourself, more confident in the way you look, why shouldn’t you do it?
And sure, alright, I admit that it seems narcissistic to spend all that time and money worrying about the way that you look, but seriously, don’t most of us? If we didn’t care how we looked, would we buy the makeup, the crazy acne regimens, all the stupid little products that seem to multiply overnight in your bathroom like bunnies on Viagra until there’s no room to move? No, of course not, because we do care – so why should it be any more embarrassing to want to do whatever it takes to keep your skin looking young?
But there are a few things that stop me (aside from a certain fear of having paralyzing chemicals shoved into my skin). For one, once you start, stopping isn’t really an option. You have to keep up the regimen or else what’s the point – which pretty much means that you’ll be getting these injections every few months for decades… decades. And since Botox hasn’t been around for that long, we really don’t know what effects long term use like that might have.
Aside from the safety issues, there’s also that nagging little voice in the back of my mind that says “you’re being shallow.” So, you end up with a couple of wrinkles – big deal, everybody does eventually. Embrace the fact that you’re human, you’re natural. Enjoy being young while you can and stop worrying about it, right? Right?
OK, help me out girls. Do you fret about this stuff as much as I do, or am I out here on a limb by myself? Would you consider getting Botox now? Have you? Or do you think all of us 20-something youth junkies are just being ridiculous? Duke. It. Out.