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* A neuropeptide sold under the commercial name of Argireline, is used as a muscle relaxer. Also known as AHA-3.
Commonly referred to as “Botox in a jar” because it’s believed to inhibit the release of neurotransmitters and relax the facial muscles- thus reducing expression lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, proof of the ingredient’s benefits is scarce. However, one study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science did show a 10% concentration of Argireline to reduce wrinkles by 30% over a 30-day period. You'll mostly find this ingredient in skin care products designed to combat the signs of againg, such as anti-aging treatment, facial moisturizer/lotion, concealer, eye cream and foundation.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Because Argireline is a recently discovered ingredient within the skincare arena, very little is known regarding is safety and effectiveness. However, it should be noted that, unlike Botox, which targets specific muscles, Argireline (assuming it works) will relax all muscles of the face. Theoretically speaking, this could also lead to facial sagging because the neurotransmitter release that Argireline inhibits, is also known to maintain facial firmness. Thus, those concerned with facial sagging should approach this ingredient with caution.
Recommended Products w/ Argireline:
Faitox 25 ($89), Derma e's Peptide Plus Wrinkle Reverse Serum ($25.48)