When it comes to anti-aging treatments, Botox is in a league of its own. After years of being Hollywood’s most popular treatment for preventing premature signs of aging, Botox has made its way into the mainstream. You no longer have to be an a-list celebrity to get your hands on Botox.
One thing that often puts people off the idea of Botox is the injections and upkeep involved with it. Botox is far from budget-friendly and requires a substantial financial commitment, especially with treatments needed every three to four months. Cue topical Botox. It’s becoming a major talking point within the skincare community but not every topical form of Botox will deliver the same results as its traditional injectable counterpart.
We’re taking an in-depth look at Botox and whether there’s a topical form that can give you the same benefits. Whether you want to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treat crow's feet or improve collagen production, Botox is the ultimate anti-aging treatment. Read on to find out more about Botox, including BOLCA’s innovative topical Botox.
What does Botox do and how do people receive Botox?
Botox is a treatment that you either love or hate. There’s plenty of misinformation online about what exactly Botox is, and it’s often portrayed as something it’s not. There’s no denying that the celebrity association with Botox hasn’t help its reputation.
Botox was first approved by the FDA in 2002 and is popularly used as an anti-aging treatment. It’s easy to think of the treatment as a restorative one, but nothing will fully reverse the passage of time. Botox is a preventative treatment that works by freezing your facial muscles to stop them from contracting and deepening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It’s for this reason that Botox is becoming a popular treatment for men and women from their mid-20s onwards.
Botox is not a miracle cure. It’s a temporary treatment that lasts between three to four months, but this time frame is subjective. Most people receive Botox the traditional way through injections. With this method, there is usually some level of pain involved as multiple injections are required across the different muscles or target areas of your face.
Due to the injectable nature of traditional Botox, there are certain aftercare things that you have to consider. You usually can’t take any form of pain relief such as ibuprofen, exercise, or lie down as this can cause bruising at the area of your face where the injection was made. In practical terms, you shouldn’t bend your head forward for at least two hours after your appointment.
The popularity of Botox comes from the fact it is considered relatively safe, especially when compared to more invasive anti-aging procedures. If you don’t want to go under the knife for a face lift, Botox is the next best thing. What puts most people off Botox is the price. You can pay several hundred dollars to treat just one are of your face, with regular treatments needed to maintain your results.
This problem – and the issue of using needles - is where topical Botox comes into play.
Is there a topical form of Botox instead of needle injections?
If you’re someone who spends their time in the skincare section of department stores, you’ll have seen skin care products claiming to be ‘topical Botox’. The issue with most of these products is that they don’t contain botulinum toxin type, which is the key ingredient in traditional Botox.
Another issue that exists with topical Botox is that it doesn’t penetrate into the layers of your skin the same way that injectable Botox does. Injections involve applying Botox directly to the muscle layer as Botox is essentially to relax your muscles to slow down the aging process and boost your collagen production.This is where BoLCA+ comes in. The brand was founded by BPMed Cosmetics, who developed an innovative ingredient called Methionyl r-Clostridium Botulinum Polypeptide-1 Hexapeptide-4. This patented ingredient is the world’s first botulinum-derived ingredient. BoLCA+ - which stands for botulinum light chain type A – uses this ingredient as its primary focus for its product range.
What is BOLCA+ from South Korea?
BoLCA+ is an innovative skincare brand that was founded by BPMed Cosmetics, a leading beauty company that is led by members of the pharmaceutical industry. The brand brings together the latest developments in pharmaceuticals to the skincare industry.
Every product in the BoLCA+ range contains its signature botulinum derived cosmetic ingredient. This ingredient is registered with the I.C.I.D. – the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.
The benefit of this unique ingredient is that it easily penetrates into the skin, unlike other topical Botox treatments on the market. It targets your nerve cells to work directly on your skin’s dermis layer.
What makes BoLCA+’s products unique is their efficacy, which is on a par with injectable Botox. Compared to traditional Botox, this innovative product can help improve fine lines and wrinkles on your next, along with nasolabial lines.
Unlike injectable Botox, BoLCA+ is easier to use as an at-home treatment and does not cause the pain associated with injections. You can use BoLCA+ with absolute peace of mind as their product have undergone extensive testing from I.E.C Korea, one of the most recognizable French testing agencies. Clinical testing included a focus on showing the products ability to improve nasolabial folds.
This extensive testing showed that BOLCA+’s products could boost skin elasticity and improve skin texture. Their product is the first topical form of Botox that can deliver the same – if not better – results as traditional injectable Botox.
Who would you recommend BOLCA+ to?
Although BoLCA+ products are suitable for both men and women, the brand’s target demographic is women in their early to mid 30s who are looking to incorporate anti-aging treatments into their skincare routine to improve collagen production.
While most Korean brands suggest that anti-aging treatments should start in your 20s, BoLCA+ rebukes this philosophy and instead focuses their attention on women in their 30s.
Is there anyone who should not use these products?
BoLCA+ products are generally suitable for everyone with the obvious exception of children. There have been minimal side effects reported, suggesting that it’s suitable for all skin types, including for those with sensitive skin. It’s worth monitoring your skin’s reaction to the product. If you begin to develop a rash, irritation, or see swelling in your skin, immediately discontinue using the product.
When can you expect to see results?
You can generally expect to see results after 4 weeks of using this product. You should notice a diminishing in the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, including crow feet around your eyes. Other noticeable signs include a lack of expression lines, particularly at the centre of your forehead. Depending on the condition of your skin, you may begin to see the effects within two weeks of using the product.
If you’re in early to mid 30s and are looking to kickstart your anti-aging routine, topical Botox from BoLCA+ is the perfect place to start. You don’t have to make the financial commitment of traditional Botox and you can enjoy more wide-ranging results that are visible within two to four weeks from the comfort of your home.
If you want to diminish early signs of ageing skin, products with Methionyl r-Clostridium Botulinum Polypeptide-1 Hexapeptide-4 are the ones that we recommend everyone tries when they’re starting their anti-aging journey. It can help you decide if you want to commit to injectable Botox or act as a less evasive alternative.