The Botox® backlash has begun. Naturally beautiful celebrities including Jane Seymour have sworn to never use the injected botulinum, the same bacterium that causes botulism. Others including Terri Hatcher, Sarah Jessica Parker and Delta Burk have given up the injections after finding that their acting was becoming compromised because of their lackluster facial expressions. Botox works to paralyze facial muscles, making wrinkles seem to disappear, but only temporarily. More than one million Americans use Botox for cosmetic purposes annually, going back 2-3 times per year on an endless chemical injection treadmill. No long-term studies have assessed the safety of ongoing injections, yet Americans obsessed with youthful appearance continue to flock to Botox as the quick and easy answer.
But it’s the animal cruelty aspect of Botox that is most alarming and just now coming to light. Botox is an extremely dangerous poison and as mandated by the Food & Drug Administration, every batch must be tested on lab animals numerous times before entering the marketplace. According to the Humane Society of America, Botox tested on animals causes “…differing levels of muscular paralysis. Those given a high or powerful dose eventually die from suffocation, after their respiratory muscles become paralyzed.”
The testing is complete and the drug is ready for the marketplace only when the animal dies after receiving the “proper” dosage. While other testing procedures are available to determine the product’s efficacy, the FDA currently demands that the manufacturer employ these cruel animal tests. The Humane Society of America has filed numerous complaints with the FDA to demand an end to the senseless and inhumane animal testing procedures, all to no avail.
Fortunately there are natural alternatives for wrinkle relief produced by companies such as Frisco, Colo.-based MyChelle Dermaceuticals who has never employed animal testing of any kind on their products.
“When it comes to Botox usage it’s not the potential safety risks for humans that infuriates me the most, it’s the outrageous animal cruelty.” says Myra Michelle Eby, founder of Mychelle Dermaceuticals. “It’s unconscionable to me that animals have to die a horrible death all in the name of vanity. We have always been and will always be against animal testing of any cosmetic product.”
Fortunately, there are ideal natural alternatives to Botox ~ peptides and polypeptides that support the production of collagen and elastin, never weakening skin tissue. Certain peptide chains have proven to be the best weapons in the fight against wrinkles:
Thymulen 4: Stimulates natural immune defenses and increases the thickness of the epidermis and supports the restoration of the dermal papillary pattern.
SYN-COLL: Collagen enhancing by actively compensating for any collagen deficit in the skin.
PROTEASYL TP: Strengthens skin’s elasticity, protects and repairs epidermal proteins.
SYN-TACKS: Has outstanding activity on skin tonicity, cellular cohesion and overall skin structure.
A comprehensive nontoxic skin care routine with the regular use of polypeptides, antioxidants, and hydrating ingredients will help get to the root cause of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s critical to use products with ingredients that support and heal the infrastructure of the skin at any age. MyChelle produces an array of cleansers, toners, peels, serums, masks and creams that are designed to balance, nourish and hydrate by supporting the skin’s own immune system.
MyChelle searches the world over for unique botanicals and fruit and vegetable pulps, pioneering a new generation of skin care that delights health-conscious, educated consumers. MyChelle products employ a collection of potent antioxidants, enzymes, acids, and immune-supporting ingredients that exfoliate, nourish, hydrate and protect, while avoiding the use of inexpensive toxic chemical-laden ingredients commonly used by many manufacturers.
Every product is free of parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, EDTA, urea, phthalates, fragrance and artificial colors. Each MyChelle product is formulated with superior ingredients with the correct molecular structures to ensure proper absorption and effectiveness.
MyChelle Dermaceuticals’ products are available at fine health food stores nationwide plus online through their Web site www.mychelleusa.com.