Beauty Report: How Dysport softens the aging process

I know that society is telling us to not let media dictate what’s beautiful. I fully agree with that. But here’s my thinking on this whole topic about skincare and beauty. I’m going to step back a bit and give you one of those life changing moments that I had experienced.

One day my friend Anna (okay, not her real name because she has a very unique name that everyone would recognize) wanted a change the style of her hair. It must have been this time of year when we were just coming out of our winter cocoons.  She went to the salon and came out with a fabulous cut. Everyone raved. I absolutely LOVED the new cut on her and gushed!!

Only she wasn’t thrilled.

She hated it.

I couldn’t figure out why but it didn’t matter.

What knocked me in place was what she said…

“Sonya, it doesn’t matter what other people think. It’s what I think that matters the most.”

I realized that this was the absolute truth. It doesn’t matter what other people think. So, from that moment on I never placed judgement on anyone who wanted to do something for themselves. It’s your choice. If something makes you happy, then go for it. If you’re not happy…then you’re the only one that makes the decision to do something about it. I guess that goes for everything in life.

Dr. Doris DayI was recently invited to meet with Dr. Doris Day, the highly respected and sought-after cosmetic dermatologist and medical journalist  who is based in New York. You may have seen her on shows like Dr. Oz, The View, Today’s Show and the list is endless! She was in Toronto for the official launch of Dysport, a new and “softer”  injectable now approved and available for prescription use in Canada.

Of course the first thing you want to see on anyone in the cosmetic business is their skin. When you see Dr. Day’s flawless complexion you really, really, really want to find out what she personally uses.  She is a walking testimonial to whatever it is and you want to ask, “so where do I sign up?”  But I know each person is different. What works for her may not necessarily be what would work for me …or even recommended for that matter. “Each person’s face is analyzed individually,” says Dr. Day.

She continues to explain that she sees beauty radiate from individuals with a fulfilled life.  What she does look at is a person as a whole and how to enhance a person’s natural beauty.

“There is a way to look your best at any age without looking ‘done'” says Dr. Day. “Unfortunately, the people who look done tend to stand out. But I see people  everyday who walk around quietly and age gracefully. They are the ones who don’t tend to stand out but are truly beautiful.” Yes! I agree with that. I wouldn’t necessarily  want people to notice that  something was done.

Barbara Walters once asked Dr. Day, in an interview “so does this mean we’re never going to have to get old?”  She had pondered this question for  two years and finally had an answer to this question and thought “getting older is inevitable, hopefully, and aging is a privilege”.  But getting older, wiser, and living a life well lived doesn’t mean we’re not going to show it in some ways. There are options that can slow down the visible  process in a softer way.

So what is Dysport ?

According to Dr. Day’s explanation on her site…. Dysport is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles.

Dysport is supported by over a decade of clinical experience. Dysport was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. Since that time, with an increased understanding of the uses of Dysport, thousands of treatments have been safely and effectively performed for a variety of conditions ranging from frown lines to axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).

Whenever you laugh, frown, concentrate or squint into the sun, your facial muscles contract and your skin creases. As you get older your skin loses its elasticity and those creases deepen into lines that become permanently etched on your face. Frown lines between your eyes can become particularly noticeable at a relatively young age, making you look angry or worried even when you’re not.

Dysport has been approved in 23 countries for over 15 years. If you’re interested in finding out more visit your doctor (remember, this is a prescription based treatment) to see if this treatment is right for you. You can find an approved doctor here at


I’ve been contemplating the idea of getting a consultation. I definitely live a full life and my laugh lines are definitely showing. I looked in the mirror after this event and noticed those lines around my eyes!!! Ugh.




Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

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