What is Argireline?
Argireline, or acetyl hexapeptide-3, is known for its use in preventing expression wrinkles from forming by affecting the movement of muscles, and is considered by some as a substitute of Botox in the form of a cream. The fact is though, that Botox and Argireline work in very different ways from each other. You may have heard about this ingredient because it’s used in the popular Elite Eye Serum which is one of the top boutique skin care products you can buy right now.
When a person frowns, neurotransmitters are released to the synapses, which make the muscle receive a signal which tells it to move. The final stages of this process, called exocytosis, involve the use of three proteins, also known as the SNARE complex.
How does Argireline work?
The company Lipotec discovered Argireline, when they found that acetyl hexapeptide imitates one of the proteins that is present in the SNARE complex, and can also cause its destabilization, meaning that muscle movement will reduce substantially, as a SNARE complex that is even remotely destabilized will not work. This means that you will not have a constant frown on your face, and hence no wrinkles caused by frowning as well. There are of course some other causes of wrinkles as well, which cannot be controlled by it.
Lipotec claims that argireline does enough to have an effect on reducing wrinkles by messing with the SNARE proteins, and does not claim at all that it repairs skin or boosts collagen. The use of this ingredient in creams has been researched to reduce wrinkles around the eyes in around two weeks, and continued usage reduces the wrinkles even more.
Drawbacks of argireline:
Like with any other external treatment, there are some side effects with the usage of argireline as well. There have been concerns that continued usage can cause the skin of a person to sag. There has not been any proof of this, but there are many rumors of this sort going around, and this may be just because of skepticism against things like Botox and other treatments. This idea, that Argireline is basically a muscle relaxer, is not true, as it just causes the muscles to relax by stopping them from contracting as much.
Where to buy?
You can find many products online that claim to contain Argireline, and while most of these products do have this compound in them, you should always keep in consideration the percentage of this active ingredient. Some people will mention they have this ingredient, only to bury the peptide way down on their list, meaning there is just a sliver of it in there, which won’t do much!
Note: My favorite eye serum has a VERY high % of this peptide. Check out Elite Serum with Argireline.
Argireline provides people who use it with age-defying results for a small fraction of the cost that it you would have to pay if you were getting Botox injections or plastic surgery, and this is why it has become one of the most popular peptide eye creams available. Some of the creams that contain this powerful ingredient also include other additional peptide compounds that can make your body produce more collagen, other than just reducing the amount of wrinkles that you have!