Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: I Don't Want Botox Or Fillers. What Are My Options? Plus More...

Apr 24, 2024
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: I Don't Want Botox Or Fillers. What Are My Options? Plus More...


Hello and welcome back to another Mailbag Friday! My name is Dr. Ryan Shelton and I’m ready to begin our weekly ritual of answering questions from customers who need my advice on reaching their skin care goals! The first question of the day comes from Megan in Cleveland, OH.

Q: Hi Dr. Shelton. My skin has started to lose some firmness but I don’t want Botox or fillers. What are my options?

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A: Hi Megan! So you're on the hunt for that youthful bounce without the needles – I hear you loud and clear! You’re not the first person to wonder what you can do to help your complexion without getting involved with needles! Let's dive into some strategies to tackle loss of volume in your face naturally and effectively.

First off, let's talk about your skincare routine…

Your routine is your secret weapon for achieving a fuller, more youthful appearance!

Seek out products jam-packed with potent ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, peptides, and soluble collagen.

Sodium Hyaluronate is like a sponge, helping draw in moisture and plump up your skin from the inside out, and Peptides are your skin's little messengers, encouraging collagen production to keep things firm and lifted.

As far as Soluble Collagen goes, it helps to signal to your skin that it’s time to start producing more collagen, helping your complexion become fuller and more structured and leaving your complexion looking radiant and refreshed.

Now all three of these ingredients are going to help you restructure your complexion from the inside out, and they are going to have a wonderful impact on how your skin looks.

They’re actually all in my Collagen Filler Serum, which is a great alternative to Botox and fillers!

But hold on, we're not done yet…

Don't overlook the power of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle!

Load up on nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats to provide your skin with the essential building blocks it needs to stay healthy and vibrant.

And let's not forget about hydration – make sure you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin plump and hydrated.

By combining these strategies and making them a regular part of your skincare regimen, you can effectively address loss of volume in your face and achieve a plump, youthful complexion without the need for fillers or cosmetic procedures. It's all about taking a holistic approach to skincare and embracing the natural beauty of aging gracefully!

Our next question comes from Sally in Tucson, AZ.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I’m not sleeping well recently and I’m scared this will make me age faster. What can I do?

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A: Hi Sally! I’m sorry to hear you’re not sleeping well. Your concern about the impact of sleep on your skin's aging process is valid, and let me assure you, it's not just an old wives' tale. Skimping on sleep can indeed accelerate the aging of your skin…

When you don't get enough shut-eye, your body releases more cortisol, a stress hormone that can wreak havoc on collagen, the protein responsible for maintaining your skin's firmness and elasticity.

As a result, you may notice more wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin – not exactly the recipe for a youthful complexion.

But don’t worry, my friend! There are practical steps you can take to enhance your sleep quality and preserve your skin's youthful appearance:

First, establish a consistent sleep schedule.

Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, as this helps regulate your body's internal clock and promotes better sleep quality.

Next, create a calming bedtime routine. Wind down before bed by engaging in relaxing activities like reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing deep breathing exercises.

This signals to your body that it's time to unwind and prepare for sleep.

It’s also worth incorporating a calming cleanser into your bedtime routine! Consider adding a gentle cleanser with lavender to your nighttime routine.

Lavender has soothing properties that can help you relax and unwind before bed, making it easier to drift off into a peaceful slumber!

You can even try adding an overnight mask to give your skin a boost that helps repair and protect against the effects of sleep deprivation.

Look for masks with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, Algae Extract, and peptides to help replenish moisture and promote skin renewal while you sleep.

By prioritizing your sleep and implementing these practical strategies, you can improve the quality of your rest and support your skin's health and vitality.

Remember, beauty sleep is not just a myth – it's a crucial aspect of maintaining a youthful complexion and overall well-being.

I hope you manage to get some sleep soon, Sally. Good luck!