Who needs skin care when you can just get Botox?

The advent of Botox leaves many thinking they no longer have to worry about their everyday skin care.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In my practice, we start every Botox consult with a Visia skin analysis. This simple analysis uses cross polarized and UV light to give us an analysis of sun damage, texture, brown spots, and wrinkles in the form of a score in each category. The score is obtained by comparing you to peers in your age group. Just like a test, higher numbers are better. It is important to know this information since these are factors in skin aging.
Botox is a neuromodulator that is effective in reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and those pesky scowl lines between your eyebrows. It can also help turn your frown upside down by elevating the corners of your mouth. So, with all these amazing things that Botox can do, who needs skin care?

Importance of Skin Care
Botox only improves lines and wrinkles, but wrinkles are not the only reason that people look older. Youthful skin has smooth texture and an even skin tone without fine lines or wrinkles. Botox does nothing for the radiance, texture, and brown spots. Nourishing skin care will improve skin elasticity and texture while reducing brown spots. Exfoliating your skin and adding a retinol to your skin care regimen will help increase cell turnover, which greatly decreases as we age. Moisturizing your skin will improve its elasticity and enhance your Botox procedure.
Save Money with Proper Skin Care
Skin care can actually save you money! Botox can cost on average $300 or more every three months, depending on which areas you address and how deep your wrinkles are. In my practice, the patients that are diligent with skin care and sun protection typically spend less on Botox treatments when compared to clients who neglect their skin. Remember that all skin care is not created equal. Look for brands without harsh chemicals that contain plant-based active ingredients. Also, be careful not to base your decision solely on marketing and packaging!

Organic vs. Natural vs. Plant-Based Skin Care

There is so much terminology out there when it comes to ingredients.  It is easier to understand once you know what these terms really mean.  Let’s start with the term “organic.”
Organic products can be classified with three distinctions.

  1. 100% Organic means that the product contains only organically-produced ingredients. They are produced without synthetic preservatives, radiation, pesticides or petrochemicals. The USDA seal may appear on the package.
  2. Organic products must contain a minimum of 95 percent organically-produced ingredients. The USDA seal may appear on this type of product.
  3. Made with Organic Ingredients means that the product contains at least 70 percent organically-produced ingredients. The USDA seal cannot be used on these products.

The term “Natural” is not a regulated labeling term.
Often this term is used for marketing purposes.  If you examine the list of ingredients, you will often find some unacceptable ingredients.  The federal law does not mandate that companies list the dozens of ingredients found in “Fragrance.”  You will often see this listed at the end of the list of ingredients on various products.
Fragrances often contain Phthalates. What are Phthalates? Google it and here’s the description you get: “Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl.”
I’m guessing you’re not really excited about putting anything with Phthalates on your skin after reading that.
Phthalates have been associated with numerous health problems.  The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a valuable resource to rate the ingredients found in beauty products.  The hazard scores are listed on a scale from 0 to 10 based on toxicity.
Plant-based is also not a regulated term. However, I believe it is the term that is most accurate.   
Plant-based is a term frequently used to describe a food diet based on plants including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits.  A similar definition can be extended to plant-based products since they will contain elements generated from vegetables, plants and fruits.
By understanding the classifications, the consumer is better educated to make decisions based on ingredients and price points.  For some consumers, the price point of USDA organic products may be cost prohibitive.  However, plant-based products may be a suitable alternative for those who do not want to place hazardous chemical on their skin and available at a more reasonable price point.
Looking for plant-based skin care products? Check out my Avanti Rx line. 

Physician-developed organic and botanical skin care line launches online store

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (June 2, 2014) – Aesthetic and medical spa patients and clients nationwide are requesting more access to Dr. Kalpana DePasquale’s new line of products featuring cutting-edge formulations with botanicals and ingredients based on medical science. Dr. DePasquale is the founder of Avanti Medical Spa and recently answered the call from her practice to create an online store for the purchase of Avanti Rx. The customized, natural skin care treatments focus on specific aesthetic and medical concerns and match proprietary ingredients as key to the formulation of the important new line. Visit the website at www.avantimedspa.net.
“Botanicals and organic ingredients are in demand now more than ever as plants are some of the top antioxidant-generating machines available today. Avanti Rx incorporates natural products and heals skin from the inside out while renewing a youthful appearance,” said Dr. DePasquale. “This can be achieved with the right combination of organic and botanical ingredients, plus physician grade products. The gentle, yet greater potency formulations cannot be purchased over the counter,” she said.
Dr. DePasquale addresses some of the most common issues with men’s and women’s skin and has developed Avanti Rx to fix a variety of problems with intensive hydration, brightening of the complexion, and lightening dark circles under the eyes, and many more. “Anti aging methods combined with holistic health and quality skin care are some of the most important practices to achieve an exceptional quality of life,” she said. Dr. DePasquale has also introduced a tagline for the product, “Stay ahead of Aging” which represents her proactive approach of maintaining a youthful appearance with aesthetic services, treatments and Avanti Rx.
Avanti Rx incorporates the product line to support treatments and procedures at medical spas where facial aesthetics and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are available. The luxurious online skin care features anti-oxidants, vitamins, plant extracts and natural essences, designed to nourish and solve skin issues with customized treatment plans and special product collections. Product discounts and promotions are available online. For more information, call 904-461-6797. Visit the website and link to the Facebook page at www.avantimedspa.net.