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Botox & Fillers on the High Street?

Written by The Whole Team


Posted on 23 August 2018

So, we’ve all heard about Superdrug launching the in-store Fillers & Botox. The opinions on this are so split, it’s causing quite the rift in the office. Here’s what George and I think!

Before we start, here's a little snippet about what John & Jon think about all of this! For those of you who don't know, John is the founder and leading anti-ageing dermatologist here and Jon is our Marketing Director.

Any reasonable person will figure out Botox and fillers isn’t coming from a natural source. It’s a laboratory experiment found to provide a very short term fix to conscious people concerned about looking wrinkled and old.

The health risks associated with these procedures are becoming alarming. We are yet to see the long term health effects of people regularly using these treatments. However, we can see the negative effects when someone does experience a procedure gone wrong (fish lips and melting faces, anyone?). And that was often performed by highly experienced & dedicated practitioners. Now, you’ll be able to get it by popping into your local high street Superdrug!? People don’t realise how laxed this industry can be in terms of monitoring and regulations. It’s concerning how a potentially dangerous procedure will be available on the everyday high street.

As scientists, dermatologists and specialists in finding natural ways to solve well-being concerns, we promote people to live a positive and healthy lifestyle through sustainable and organic means. We simply cannot condone the ever growing ‘quick fix’ solution like a botox injection. We must consider the long term impact of such drastic procedures and how harmful they are, especially when you can achieve the desired look with frequent use of a £30 natural facial oil.

It’s 20 years since the company first started and over the years of research we have seen ‘the next best thing’ come and go to help laughter lines and tired skin. What is left behind is the devastating effects from these treatments going wrong or like a drug, people becoming addicted to the feeling. There is always someone looking to reinvent the wheel with anti-ageing solutions. It never works! Because when it comes to the body, it’s never as easy as that.

Many years ago I decided to lose some weight (a little too much indulgence on my part). A close friend of mine who’s trained male and female bodybuilders offered to help me. In the first 6 weeks I struggled, I begged and a pleaded that there must be an easier way to lose weight. It was taking way too much of my time and I wasn’t seeing results quick enough. So, I wasted money on special diets and “abs in 6 weeks” books. I spent hundreds of pounds on special bits of equipment that strapped to your belly and ‘cutting edge’ diet pills. For a few weeks I thought they were really working. But I soon realised they weren’t doing anything. It was all in my head. And I had been taken advantage of due to my insecurities.

“There is no easy way. Dedication. Hard work. Eat clean. Do that for 6 months and come back to me”, said my friend. 6 months later I lost 5 stone in weight and had abs. I did it. I felt great. I had achieved my goal and worked for it. And people admired me for it.

The same thing applies to anti-ageing skin care. A decent, simple skin care routine with quality, healthy ingredients full of antioxidants will work just as well as a couple of botox injections. It just takes a little effort and absolute dedication. Why bother taking the risk to your health?

Personally, I (over to Kelly now) don’t think it’s the best idea, but I certainly don’t have a gut wrenching disagreement with it. The only reason it’s kicked off in the media is because people are so hell bent on trying to fix ‘society’. Unfortunately, if someone wants to do something because they are unhappy with something for whatever reason, they will do it. We preach Natural in this office because that is what we believe in but if you aren’t into the ‘Natural’ or ‘holistic’ approach, we won’t appeal, and we believe that everyone should do what makes them happy. We wish everyone loved themselves for who they are and how they look naturally but that is not always the case.

Take me for example, I am all about natural products and I completely believe in the word we try to spread. I rarely wear makeup to work and I’m fairly laid back with makeup when I do wear it but I’ve had lip fillers before and I loved them, they were worth every penny. I love having eyelash extensions and nice eyebrows. It wasn’t someone on a magazine with big lips, long lashes and beautiful eyebrows that made me want to do it, I had uneven lips and wanted them to be slightly bigger, I wanted longer lashes for holiday and nice eyebrows with no makeup on. Simple as that. Everyone’s version of confidence is different to the next person and we shouldn’t be shamed for wanting to achieve our own pinnacle of confidence. Nor can we blame companies like Superdrug offering a service to women who want it.

My slight issue is that Superdrug to me is the ‘younger’ girls go-to place for their toiletries and things. I remember going in there at 16 to buy my makeup and face wipes (argh, don’t tell Jon!). But I think that’s the problem, lots of people see them as being for the younger audience so they hear the Fillers & Botox story and immediately think Superdrug are making it completely accessible to young girls. They absolutely are not. You must be 25 or over and all procedures are administered by highly trained nurses.

You can’t blame Superdrug for choosing to offer the supply when the demand is so high. Not everyone can get to Harley Street or are bothered about feeling ‘entitled’ when saying where they got their procedures done.

For those that wish the society was different and for those that wish men and women felt more confident in themselves to not need to go to such drastic measures, maybe we should help by adding positivity to the universe. Tell a stranger they look nice, give someone a compliment and put a smile on someone’s face. That is how you make people believe in themselves without the need for extreme enhancements.

Over to George now.

Me on the other hand, think this has now gone one step too far as imagine walking through your local shopping centre and seeing massive advertising campaigns urging you to ‘come and get your botox done today’ all whilst showing you a picture of a flawless woman. This imagery can be very damaging as it can make you feel like you’re not good enough or that there is a need to ‘fix’ how you look.

Now, I get there is a supply and demand situation here as that is how business is but is there really a supply and demand need for Superdrug? As Kelly mentioned, this is the place she went to when she was a teenager to get her makeup products but the limit age limit to get the procedure done is 25 and I ask you, next time you’re in Superdrug, look at how many people in there could be younger than 25. Our minds are still so impressionable at that age, Kelly and I are both in our mid-20’s and we have both spoken about jumping on the bandwagon for our respective interests.

It saddens me that when people in their mid-20’s get into their late 40’s, the psychological effect of trying to fix ‘society’ would have already taken its toll. From personal experience, I have seen people get little procedures here and there, but it was the proverbial ‘baby steps’ for them to get a more serious body changing procedure done.

I think this sort of cosmetology should be kept in clinics that are specifically designed to carry them out like Harley Street, but in a world where we are always being told we could look better, let’s keep it out of the high street.

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