By: Annelise Vintila
I find that since being in isolation, like hundreds of million people worldwide because of COVID, I tend to think about getting older a lot more often. This summer, I decided to go tree planting for the first time because I needed a reminder that I can still keep up with the youngest of the bunch (I’m 28 and the majority of tree planters are between 18 to 20 years old). As expected, I was quickly immersed with a younger generation but surprisingly they were much more mature than I originally thought; I became fast friends with another girl on my crew, Betty, who was turning 30 this year. She had also joined tree planting to challenge herself mentally and physically, but also to get a spurt of that youthfulness she was chasing.
Botox is popular with younger generations now more than ever
“With the money I make here,” she said, “I’m going to get botox and lip fillers”. It didn’t alarm me that Betty was comfortable enough to get botox injections and fillers, but Betty surprised me because she was a year and a half year older than me. I thought we were still in our prime regarding our looks, and I was too busy admiring my baby cheeks to think about the wrinkles and laugh lines; I have researched about such enhancing procedures before, as the science behind it fascinated me and the modern social aspect was growing by the day. I smiled and nodded at Betty, and we went back to planting our trees in the dirt.
The stigma around Botox has lessened as women are not feeling as they need to hide their procedures.
I met Betty for lunch two months later and she looked fabulous. She had the same bright smile that I remembered, but her lips seemed much fuller. “So, what do you think of my face?” Betty was gleaming. I told her she looked fantastic, as Betty took my index finger and placed it on her forehead. She moved her forehead up and down, scrunched her face a little and my finger stayed in the same place. “I got my botox two weeks ago and I am in love.” Betty looked like the best version of herself and I was really happy for her. She told me that a couple of her friends in their 40’s have also gotten botox injections and, though they were ecstatic with the results, they wished they got botox injections earlier on. “There’s always this stigma that only older people get botox and lip injections and cheek implants because their skin elasticity is fading, but a lot of younger people are starting to go for procedures now because they want to be living their best versions of themselves.”
Botox is an investment in your future
I have heard the saying, “You are only as old as you feel,” hundreds of times in my life, but as I grow older, I have to remind myself to utter kind words to my body from time to time. No one has mastered the process of slowing down time yet, but we have had the opportunity to better our physical bodies to feel like the most elite version of ourselves. There is no shame in being empowered thru superficial strategies, such as botox injections and lip fillers, as a healthy outlook of yourself physically can translate to a nourishing mental state. There is no appropriate age to start loving your body, so why not start now? Knowing and understanding the needs of your clients is imperative when consulting for boto and dermal fillers. International Beauty Institute’s Introduction to Botox and Dermal fillers prepares you for consultations and ensuring you can educate and prepare your clients for their treatment.