Back at the beginning of the year, I was intrigued to try out Babaria Rosa Mosqueta Eye Serum. What got my attention enough to write a post was the inclusion of a plant extract called acmella oleracea that is supposed to prevent muscles moving and causing expression wrinkles. Much to my surprise, it did a pretty good job - especially when you consider that a pot of Babaria costs well under $20. I was about to write a positive review and then, alas, I discovered that this Spanish brand is not available (that I could find) in the US.

I have found that acmella oleracea is used by Kinerase in Extreme Eye Lift at a much pricier $95 and have, since it is easily bought in the states, included details below.

Anyway, back to acmella Oleracea. It is known as the toothache plant since its extracts can have a numbing effect due to the presence of analgesic alkylamides called spilanthol. It is spilanthol that can also have a numbing effect on facial muscles. In addition, a Taiwanese study has shown spilanthol to be an effective anti-inflammatory.

Cosmetics that promise the 'Botox in a jar' effect use a synthetic peptide called acetyle hexapeptide-8 (there are a few others). The slight 'numbing' effect of my pot of Barbaria was pretty good. I have been using it on my upper lip and found that the movement of the surface muscles did seem to be restricted - a little - for a few hours.

I haven't tried the Kinerase, but it has a couple of other things of interest. Pseudoalteromonas ferment is a strain of bacteria from the Antarctic that may help with the retention of moisture. There is also tripeptide-10 citrulline. This regulates one of the molecules called decorin that controls collagen fibres. As we get older, decorin activity declines. This relatively new peptide is supposed to mimic decorin so that the collagen fibres are fooled into thinking they should still be productive.

Ingredients in Kinerase Extreme Eye Lift

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Pullulan, Algae Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Kinetin