Are we done with Botox? The “Natural Look” is now all the rage

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Kim Kardashian recently spoke about how Botox is affecting her acting career – and she’s not the only celeb who’s been chatting about the downside of surgery and tweakments as of late. 

On a recent episode of The Kardashians, Kim said she plans on working on her acting career for the next ten years by doing a movie a year.

However, she admitted that her love of Botox may cause some setbacks as it makes it hard to express emotions, something crucial to make your acting convincing.

“How am I gonna cry? How am I gonna be scared out of my mind? I cannot move,” she joked in a conversation with her friends.


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While Kim doesn’t seem to want to slow down on the cosmetic treatments any time soon, her comment shows just how much Botox can affect your facial expressions and overall look.

Despite many celebs hopping on the fillers trend a few years ago, many have decided to revert to a more natural look in recent times.

Former Love Island contestant Molly-Mae Hague made headlines in 2020 when she revealed that she had dissolved all her fillers after being trolled severely. 

Looking back, she understood why she was trolled as she agreed she went “overboard” with it after leaving the Love Island villa.


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Like Molly-Mae, many young women are dissolving their fillers and embracing their natural skin or are using them minimally.

According to Danielle Andrews, Clinical Director at the South William Clinic, there is more focus on skin health and quality, and preventative medicine at the moment.

“We’re looking at how the treatments that we can do earlier in life prevent needing the bigger treatments as we age progressively,” she says. “So now people are focusing on wearing their SPF, using retinol and focusing on their skin being really, really clear and really healthy.”

Social media has always dictated what look people are going for, and it can be seen now with influencers getting fewer injectables. 

“If you look at the trends on TikTok, they’re all about their skincare routine,” says Danielle. 

Many changes have happened in the aesthetics industry over the years. While filler and Botox have become more available and less taboo, they also have changed in formula.

“Filler is now softer. The molecules are smaller. They integrate better into the tissue,” Danielle says. “They’re not as inflammatory as they were, so they’re actually much safer now than they were 20 years ago, when they were first developed.”

Danielle says that maintaining ethical practices is the most important thing when advising clients on what is best for their skin.

“It’s maintaining that ethical part of aesthetic medicine. Don’t do harm. Don’t do something that’s not going to serve them a benefit and that’s not going to help with their concern, or that’s making them look abnormal or like a caricature.” 

Of course, everyone is different, and aestheticians should make a treatment plan to suit their clients.  

“There’s no one size fits all. And that’s really important as somebody will come in with a concern that’s very different than the next person. It’s creating an individual treatment plan based on the person themselves.

“Typically with a very young client, if they’re coming in and they’re looking at ways to maintain their skin, then we would look at energy-based devices.

“We also want to focus on the importance of a good skincare routine and SPF being the best thing you can do for preventative ageing, to prevent against the environmental damage and the environmental rays.”

While Kim Kardashian doesn’t seem to mind that her Botox usage is affecting her facial movements, Danielle believes that keeping facial expressions is very important if choosing to use fillers or Botox.

“It shouldn’t create an unnatural lock where you can’t express yourself,” she says. “When it’s done correctly, you should still be able to maintain your movement to still be able to express, but it should just be a little bit softer.

“I always think there’s a difference in the quality of the work that can be achieved, and the best aesthetic work is the one where you can’t tell what has been done.”

So, remember to wear your SPF even if the sun isn’t necessarily shining over Ireland and start protecting your skin sooner rather than later.

Words by By Amélie Mahony


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