Hyaluronic acid, Botox or Collagen: What to choose?

We often see public figures sport skin that shows no signs of ageing! No wrinkles, fine lines and minimum sagging. What is the magic product that they are using to achieve youthful skin? Along with following a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine, celebrities are often known to seek ‘botox’. So what's the deal with these injections that are as famous as their celebrity endorsers? There is so much more to the world of skin fillers than botox. From collagen injections to hyaluronic acid fillers, here's a closer look at wrinkle-zapping jabs.

1. Collagen fillers

Collagen fillers took the cosmetic world by storm during the 90s but have since decreased in popularity. The main benefit of collagen fillers is that they last a long time. Collagen is a connective tissue found in the dermis. It forms part of our skin's inner scaffolding, keeping it firm and toned. However, when it's injected it doesn't interact with our cells in the same manner as naturally produced collagen - it simply densifies skin tissue. What's more, the collagen injected is usually sourced from animals, meaning there's a higher risk of allergic and inflammatory reactions alongside a compromised immune system response.

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2. Botox

Every decade or so a new injection takes centre stage and during the 2000's botulinic toxin - a powerful poison produced by a specific bacteria - was all the rage. It had been in use since the 80's to treat congenital torticollis and strabismus - two medical conditions that can be alleviated when certain muscles are frozen. Botox injections are used to paralyse muscles on the upper part of the face - the area where frown lines appear. They are immediately smoothing, work extremely well and last several months. For a natural look, it's wise to get them done by an experienced, dermatological specialist. They can last for up to 8 months, after which the injections need to be renewed. In some countries, small dose Botox injections began to be used to reduce signs of tiredness.

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3. Hyaluronic acid fillers

Hyaluronic acid injections took pole position from 2010, becoming widely popular with both medical professionals and their patients. Nowadays, hyaluronic fillers rank No.2 on the list of minimally invasive dermatological procedures and their popularity continues to soar. Hyaluronic acid injections are an attractive option, as they are natural in origin, have fewer side effects, provide immediate results and can be used to treat a range of issues. A hyaluronic acid injection delivers hyaluronic acid benefits and can tackle wrinkles on any part of the face, sculpt facial contours, lift saggy cheekbones, zap dark circles and diminish tear troughs. Something that Botox®; is unable to do. Hyaluronic acid injections have a hardening effect, which adds volume and hydrates skin for a long time. Treatments can last for up to a year.

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Which one should I choose?

From the three options above, hyaluronic acid fillers are your best pick. They look natural, is the least invasive, deliver hyaluronic acid benefits and can help you reduce the appearance of signs of ageing. However, we recommend consulting a professional for their educated opinion.

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Is there any other way to reap the benefits of HA?

Are you someone who doesn’t want to opt for invasive procedures but still wants hyaluronic acid benefits? Using topical products with hyaluronic acid is going to be your best friend. A serum, mask, day cream, or facewash with hyaluronic acid benefits helps you hydrate your face. You can also use a body lotion with hyaluronic acid and collagen to give the skin on your body some moisturisation. Along with hydration, hyaluronic acid also helps reduce the sign of ageing and gives you younger-looking skin. Your body naturally has hyaluronic acid, however, it decreases as you age. Therefore, using hyaluronic acid enriched products gives you the boost of HA your skin needs.

You can incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine with products from L'Oréal Paris. These products are formulated to deliver hyaluronic acid benefits and give your skin the boost of hydration it needs!