Everyone looks in the mirror and sees one thing or another they wish they could change. That’s normal. While it’s great to learn how to be comfortable in your own skin, there’s no shame in treating yourself to minor cosmetic treatment that boosts your confidence. After all, people probably didn’t notice your laugh lines, but they do notice when you feel great about yourself and exude energy.
Here are a few nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that you probably didn’t realize your colleagues, workout buddies, and even your barista are already getting:
- Beautifying Botox
Botox is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in America. Botox is used to smooth out wrinkles in the face by relaxing the underlying muscle that cause the wrinkle to stand out. The treatment is administered by injecting the Botox chemicals into the facial muscles, which blocks the nerves from contracting and creating the appearance of a wrinkle. If you feel nervous about getting the needle yourself, you might want to consider a Botox party, so you can be beautified in good company.
The cost of Botox is often about $10 a unit, and treating the common problematic facial areas (forehead, the wrinkle between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet) typically requires 57 to 60 units, costing between $570 and $600. The benefits of Botox are noticeable within about two weeks, and last three to four months.
- The Best Chemical Peels
The best chemical peels leave your skin looking and feeling youthful and fresh for months. A chemical peel is a process of applying chemicals to the face that remove the upper, damaged layers of the skin, which brings the undamaged skin cells to the surface.
There are three types of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. A superficial chemical peel removes the dead, top layers of the epidermis and leaves your skin looking great for several weeks. A medium peel removes all five layers of the epidermis, as well as the top layer of the dermis. The benefits of a medium peel last 6 to 12 months. A deep chemical peel often requires anesthesia and clears the skin all the way to the lowest layer of dermis, where the skincells are freshly generated. If applied well, the best chemical peels at the deep level will last a lifetime.
- Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal works by heating the matrix of the hair follicle with a targeted laser, which destroys the root and prevents the hair from growing back. Throughout the treatment, you might feel a slight stinging sensation and afterwards the skin that was targeted may appear temporarily irritated.
Laser hair removal generally requires five to six treatments to be effective and lasts several years. Each treatment takes 15 to 60 minutes depending on the area being treated. Prices for laser hair removal also vary widely by the area being treated.
Do you partake of any cosmetic treatments that improve your self-image? What cosmetic treatment can you not live without? Please share your secrets to youth and beauty in the comment section below.