I’m not trying to shame anyone who uses Botox. About 90% of my friends use Botox. I just want us women to re-think what we are doing by having our faces paralyzed.
I grew up in the age of Oprah Winfrey. Her battle cry, and the reason she became a hero for women, was Be Authentic, Be Happy In Your Own Skin, Be The Best You, Age Gracefully……and on.
She encouraged us to love our love handles, take good care of ourselves and be happy from the inside out.
Then Oprah ended her show and was gone from primetime TV.
Her empire was replaced by The Kardashians – The family who injects their weight in Botox, lip fillers and plastic surgery and glorifies being anything but natural. Millions of women follow the Kardashian clan. Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner each have 127 million Instagram followers.
Below is a photo of young Oprah next to Kim Kardashian. Times have changed.
So what exactly is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum.
According to Medical News Today, Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known to man. Scientists have estimated that a single gram could kill as many as 1 million people and a couple of kilograms could kill every human on earth. In high concentrations, botulinum toxin can result in botulism, a severe, life-threatening illness. Botulism, left untreated, may result in respiratory failure and death. Despite botulinum toxin being so toxic, Botox is in huge demand.
So essentially, when you use Botox, you are having one of the most toxic and deadly substances injected into your face.
My friend Amber who just started medical school shared with me that she recently learned in her anatomy class that Botulism is a toxin that used to be produced in canned goods. People who ate it died within 12 minutes. And now we use it to reduce wrinkles?
What is Botox doing to our self-esteem and self-love?
- How do women look at themselves in the mirror and say “Gosh, I look so much better now that my face is paralyzed.”?
- Who are we trying to look good for? Our girlfriends? Husbands? Business associates? I do not know of one true friend or spouse who would choose their friend or spouse over the amount of wrinkles on their forehead.
My friend Adam recently told me:
I have never ever looked at a woman and thought ‘She would be so much prettier if she didn’t have wrinkles.’
- What message are we sending our kids? Jenny, I want you to understand the importance of loving yourself for who you are…but mom is going to run get her Botox because I am not able to love my natural, authentic self exactly the way I am.
- Interestingly, the moms I know who are the most overly-Botoxed, are the same moms who only eat organic foods and won’t let their kids play with slime ‘because it is so toxic’. Hmmmmm.
We live in a world of “If everybody else is doing it, then it must be okay”.
What I’m encouraging women to find ‘okay’ is being their authentic, genuine selves. Be beautiful for your spirit, smile, generosity, heart, sense of humor, kindness and fun.
I can guarantee one thing…
At your funeral, not one single person will talk about the way you looked. But they will most definitely talk about your character and the way you made others feel.
How do you feel about Botox?
(photo of Kim Kardashian from Instagram)