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.
Enter the new kid on the block - ARGIRELINE™ (aka Argireline for skin). We think it's the best alternative for Botox and in this article, we'll explain why.
What is Argireline?
Argireline is a plant-based anti-wrinkle agent applied topically to your skin... read NO NEEDLES!
To explain how Argireline works, let's dive into the science. 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.
The benefits of Argireline for skin (best alternative for Botox)
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.
Does Argireline work?
OK, enough of the science. 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.
Sounds good to us… but it sounds too good to be true?!
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 is the best alternative for Botox. As far as anti-aging products for men go, it 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.
How does Argireline work?
Similar to Botox, it inhibits muscle contractions. But whereas Botox is a chemical injected into those muscles to freeze them, Argireline inhibits the reactions that cause muscles to move or contract. Same-same but different.
Argireline for skin is is even more effective when combined with other anti-aging products such as a men's Vitamin C Face Serum, which also boosts elastin and collagen production.
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.
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.
Basic common sense applies - if you experience any side effects, stop using it and consult your doctor.
Why should you use Argireline?
Unlike injection-based alternatives, 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.
Plus (and this is the big one!), quality products with Argireline are considerably more cost-effective than some alternatives, which, as mentioned above, can cost anywhere from $500+ per treatment.
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 for men and before applying your face 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.
If you're on the lookout for a powerful, effective serum that contains 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.
Summary - best alternative for Botox
So you are getting older. That's life. And if you're reading this, you've done a lot of smiling and laughing to give you some wrinkles - so life has been good, but you're looking for a pain-free, natural way to eliminate those signs of aging.
Luckily, you have stumbled across the super ingredient - Argireline. This natural solution is kinder on your body - and your wallet - than its alternative, Botox (or other anti-wrinkle injections).
And don't forget to take a before photo so you can compare it to the results down the track - you'll be amazed. And don't forget to share them with us by email and tag us on Instagram @vitamanusa!