When I say Botox in a bottle, I am not kidding. Today I’m sharing about a serum that I am absolutely in love with.
I have stumbled upon this magical serum, at least magical in my world, kind of by accident. What am I talking about? Argireline.
If you’re familiar with this ingredient, then you’re a step ahead. Today I’ll be doing a deep dive into what this ingredient is, how it works and why it’s had such a significant impact on my face.
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What is Argireline?
Argireline. Also known as acetyl hexapeptide-3 or acetyl hexapeptide-8. It is a six amino acid peptide used in anti-aging. I came across this ingredient when I was doing some anti-aging research.
It has been around for a while, and it was very popular several years ago. It was touted as Botox in a bottle. So when I came across that, I was a little bit skeptical. However, I did do a little bit of research and what I found out is that the opinions were kind of mixed.
Some people say that it was indeed Botox in a bottle, and some people, including many dermatologists, noted that the actual molecule is too big to be absorbed into the skin to get the results they were saying it would give.
How Does Botox Work?
Let’s talk a bit about how Botox works. The way that Botox works is it relaxes the muscles. Many issues that we end up having on our faces that sometimes we don’t particularly care for as we get older are muscles contract in from use.
In other words, when I furrow my brow, it creates 11 wrinkles. When we purse our lips, we get lip lines. We can crinkle our eyes, and we end up getting wrinkles on the outside of our eyes, often called crows feet.
A lot of these issues are because the muscle is too tight, not necessarily too loose. So botox actually goes into that area and freezes that muscle, releasing it and releasing that tightness in the face and softening those lines.
What Does Argireline Do for Skin?
Argireline is a fragment of snap 25, a substrate of the botulinum. It works by limiting the functioning of neurotransmitters to activate the movement in your facial muscles, so it works exactly as Botox does. In addition, Argireline has been shown to promote collagen production. So we know that collagen and elastin are what we want to add more of into our anti-aging skincare routine.
We start losing up to 1% of our collagen every year after 20 years old. Since I am 64 years old, I have 44% less collagen production than when I was 20. Studies show that when Argireline was used in a 10% solution, it can decrease the appearance of wrinkles up to 30%. Now I find that a little bit interesting because in my case, it was almost 100%.
Honestly, the difference in my 11s and crows feet now is significantly greater than when I was Argireline regularly.
Is Argireline Safe?
The answer is yes. Studies have shown that there’s almost no sensitivity or contradictions for Argireline.
How To Add Argireline To Your Routine
The best part of Argireline is how easy and inexpensive it is to use. Apply a few drops to wrinkle-prone areas morning and night. It took me less than 15 seconds to do twice a day and at an affordable price of under $10, and the bottle lasted me for six months.
The Ordinary Argireline Review
The Argireline I use is from The Ordinary. You know what a huge fan of The Ordinary product line I am. They put together such effective, affordable products that are the foundation of my anti-aging skincare routine.
Keep in mind that my results were very, very subtle that happened slowly over time. I did not realize what an impact it had on my skin, so I put it in my empties bucket and said I wasn’t going to re-order it. In about a week and a half to two weeks after I stopped using it, I started to notice the impact it had made on my skin.
For me, the Argireline works tremendously. When I get my new bottle of Argireline, I will start using it twice a day. I’ll report back in a few months so we can take a look at the difference.
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