Ever wished there was an alternative to Botox? Same wrinkle-free effects minus the needle (and cheaper, too)?
Science's still working on it, but not all hope is lost. The closest thing to Botox in a jar is a smart peptide called Argireline. Well, its full name is acetyl hexapeptide-3, but who can remember that? Argireline it is then. So, what does Argireline do and how did it gain its Botox-like reputation? Here's the scoop:
What The Heck Is it?
Argireline is manufactured by a Spanish company called Lipotec. It is made of a chain of 6 amino acids (the building blocks of your skin) plus an acetic acid residue. That's scientific jargon to say it's a shortened peptide sequence of Botox. No wonder it's dubbed Botox in a jar! Just like Botox, argireline prevents your muscles from moving. And if they can't move, they can't form expression lines that eventually turn into wrinkles. Clever, huh?
How Does it Work?
Ever wondered how muscles move? Of course, a neurotransmitter sends them the signal to get moving. But it needs the cooperation of three proteins called the SNARE complex. Inactivate that and your muscles won't move. That's just what argireline does. It mimics one of the proteins in this SNARE complex, destabilizing it. No movement = no wrinkles.
According to Lipotec, 5% argireline is able to decrease crows' feet up to 17% after just 15 days and 27% after a month. An independent study published in the Journal Of Cosmetic Science confirmed these findings. The researchers discovered that 10% argireline reduced wrinkles by 30% in 30 days.
Where's The Catch?
Muscle movement is just one of the many causes of wrinkles. Argireline doesn't protect you from the others, such as unprotected sun exposure or your natural loss of collagen. But every little bit helps. It takes care of one cause, giving you one less thing to worry about.
One more thing. It works a bit better for women with thinner skin. I guess that's because it's easier to get through it and reach the muscle-nerves connection. The only way to know if it works for you is to try it yourself.
Where Can You Find Argireline?
You can get your dose from our Firming Argireline Serum, which contains another superstar peptide, Matrixyl 3000. This one can boost the production of collagen, keeping skin firm and younger-looking. You're basically tackling two causes of aging with just one serum!
By the way, your neck could use some, too. Our Neck & Decollete Creme is packed with argireline, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and lots of other goodies that'll keep your neck soft and young, too. No one will be able to guess your real age by taking a quick look at it anymore!
Are you ready to try the new Botox in a jar?