Some good things come with age - getting your own place, vacationing without your parents, a driving license... but let's face it - no one wants to look old.
A few gray hairs here and there make you look distinguished (just ask George Clooney) but wrinkles? No thanks!
If you've found yourself staring into the mirror, wondering where those lines and wrinkles came from, you're probably wondering what you can do about them.
One option is Botox - and it's not just for women.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 450,000 men had Botox or other anti-wrinkle injections in 2020 - and this number is rising.
Over the past two decades, the number of men receiving Botox injections has risen by 325%.
As with most cosmetic treatments, prices for Botox vary but you're looking at around $350 to treat the wrinkles on your forehead.
But cost aside, you might be apprehensive about injecting toxins into your face.
So what are your alternatives? Enter the new kid on the block - ARGIRELINE™ (aka Argireline for skin).
What is Argireline?
Argireline, or "Botox in a jar" is a plant based anti-wrinkle agent applied topically to your skin.
Both Botox and Argireline block muscle contraction but in different ways:
Botox breaks down the signals (neurotransmitters) sent from your nerve cells (neurons) to your muscles whereas Argireline prevents these signals from being released in the first place.
Argireline is a peptide known as acetyl hexapeptide-3. A peptide is a short chain of amino acids, which are the building blocks of the proteins found in your skin. Peptides, if used correctly, play an essential role in fighting the signs of aging because they help renew skin cells.
Argireline is the brand name for this peptide - patented and produced by Barcelona-based research laboratory Lipotec.
Benefits of Argireline for Skin
In a nutshell, Argireline can make you look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It prevents wrinkles from forming, stimulates collagen production and helps your skin retain moisture.
How does Argireline work?
When you apply Argireline to specific areas of your face, it inhibits the reactions that cause muscles to move or contract. And fewer contractions mean fewer wrinkles.
To quote Lipotec - when you use Argireline, "facial contractions are weakened and muscles relaxed, thus inhibiting the formation of wrinkles."
Argireline also increases collagen production.
Collagen is a fibrous protein that makes up one-third of the protein in your body - think of it as a supporting structure that gives your skin strength and elasticity. And more collagen means improved skin hydration and elasticity.
Argireline for skin is is even more effective when combined with other anti-aging products such as a Vitamin C Face Serum, which also boosts elastin and collagen production.
Does Argireline work?
Lipotec claims Argireline decreases the appearance of wrinkle volume by 20.6% and a 2002 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science supports this claim.
This study found that when applied in concentrations higher than 5%, Argireline effectively reduced wrinkles by up to 30% after 28 days.
The general consensus is that Argireline does indeed work for most people and it's effective - we've read countless reviews from people singing its praises and a quick Google search brings up hundreds of "before and after photos" showing a remarkable transformation.
But of course, it won't work for everyone.
A 2013 Chinese study found that Argireline's skin penetrating ability was poor - though they noted that Argireline is safe and somewhat effective.
Why should you use Argireline?
Unlike Botox, Argireline for skin is not a toxin, meaning you're not injecting poison into your face.
It's also topical, meaning no painful, unpleasant injections and it has no known side effects.
And finally, Argireline is considerably more cost effective than Botox, which as mentioned above can cost anywhere from $300+ per treatment.
Is Argireline safe?
Argireline has no known side effects. That being said - we recommend you test any new product on an inconspicuous patch of skin first.
If you have sensitive skin, you might experience some redness or tingling where you apply the peptide.
Basic common sense applies - if you experience any side effects, stop using the product and consult your doctor.
When should I apply Argireline?
Every product containing Argireline is different so ensure you follow your product's specific instructions, but in this example - we'll use our Wrinkle Smoother Serum:
- Apply daily, before bed, after using a Face Cleanser and before applying your Moisturizer.
- Don't just plaster this peptide all over your face like a moisturizer: focus on the areas of your skin with folds or creases, like your around your eyes or forehead.
What is the best Argireline product?
Not all Arigireline products are created equal. Some products use the name of Argireline to promote their product while only using enough of it to allow them to list it as an ingredient.
This means there isn't enough Argireline to be effective.
When looking for a product, find one that combines Argireline with natural ingredients and avoid products containing alcohol which dries your skin, counteracting Argireline's effectiveness.
A great natural alternative to alcohol is Witch Hazel - it's anti-bacterial and soothes your skin (and won't leave you with inflammation after shaving).
If you're on the lookout for a powerful, effective serum containing Argireline, click here to check out our Wrinkle Smoother Serum - it's filled with natural fruit acids that gently exfoliate your skin cells, stimulating cell renewal and helping counteract the signs of aging.