INCI name: ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8 / ARGIRELINE™ / ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-3
What are benefits of Argireline?
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 or Argireline™ is an anti-wrinkle hexapeptide based on natural amino acids and is considered a safer and milder alternative to Botox injections.
It acts by influencing the biochemical mechanism of muscle contraction. It blocks the transmission of stimuli, so that facial features relax and the skin relief is smoothed. Mimic wrinkles, especially in the forehead and crow’s feet area, decrease.
- better skin isotropy
- lower skin fatigue
- lifting effect
- improved firmness and elasticity
Does Argireline work like Botox?
Well, the manufacturer did several studies to prove that it really works and it does (just not as well as Botox we’ve heard). Tests in real peoples showed that using 10% Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 solution around the eyes for 15 days decreased wrinkles depth well. Further research found that Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 increased the level of skin moisturization and decreased both the depth and width of wrinkles “significantly”. This means, it does have some ability to smooth wrinkles.
Besides that we have to note that it’s not a collagen builder and not a preventer of structural aging (think antioxidants); it’s rather a quick fix.
If you are looking for one, this could be your thing. If you are more of a “let’s treat this aging thing properly” type, then you should look at a product that combines the quick fix with anti-aging properties (at least strong antioxidants).
Is Argireline better than retinol?
As the skin ages, it becomes thinner and more susceptible to wrinkles and, at the same time, thinner skin absorbs creams better. Those who are looking to treat fine lines, undereye wrinkles, forehead creases and even laugh lines should look to Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 over retinol, as it is effective and more gentle on the skin. For those who are asking themselves, if there are any Argireline side effects and is Argireline safe to use? No, we didn’t hear so far of any side effects (and it has been quite well tested over years already) and yes, it is safe to use.
Use of Argireline for skin
Wrinkle-reducing anti-aging products, especially effective against expression lines. Supporting the skip-care trend behind minimalist beauty: fewer but harder-working products in order to shrink the daily beauty routine while making it more sustainable.
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