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Myoxinol and is it better than Botox

March 16, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
I was intrigued when testing Reviva Labs' Collagen-Fibre Eye Pads this weekend to see that the pads, which work a treat by the way, are pre-saturated with something called Myoxinol as well as collagen. And Myoxinol is better than Botox, no less.

Myoxinol is a patented complex of oligopeptides obtained from proteins from the seeds of Hibiscus esculentus L. And Hibiscus esculentus L. is okra. Those who detest okra's glutinous texture will be thankful that it is good for something. These botanical peptides combat wrinkles in a similar way to the botulinic toxin (Botox), by inhibiting the movement of facical muscles responsible for the appearance of expression lines on the face.

I couldn't find any research to corroborate this, other than published trials conducted by the maker of Myoxinol, who - not lacking in hubris - claims that it is even better than Botox. Although, nothing seems to freeze your face like Botox, it may not be such a stretch to think of okra seeds as an improvement. First they don't need to be injected and there are several trials showing that the toxin wanders off to other areas - such as the brain.

That aside, there is a lot more the okra seed than a neuropeptide that limits the mechanical formation of wrinkles.

They are high in unsaturated fats, such as oleic acid and linoleic acid, and rich in AHAs and amino acids and polysaccharides made up of, amongst other things, galacturonic acid (a big deal in the composition of cell walls). There are also plenty of proteins, making okra seeds comparable in this regard to soy.

Hibiscus is an ingredient that you can expect to see more of. According to the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) Cosmetic Research, hibiscus is showing up in new organic brands as well as established cosmetic and "doctor" brands. Whether derived from the flowers or seeds of this tropical plant, the extract has antioxidant and exfoliating powers. It is also used to complement hydrating, anti-aging and oil-control and anti-cellulite ingredients.
  • November 12, 2012

    by ShirlyNot

    Kiki, I have seen before and after results of topical Argiriline in controlled case studies by a dermatologist and the stuff is effective but IMHO in quite a horrifying way. The under-eye wrinkles literally drop out, courtesy of gravity which is now free to act as the muscles can no longer hold the skin up properly. A sag disaster. The very last thing that older faces need is to also lose underlying muscle tone!!

  • September 14, 2011

    by Allie

    Try something natural, And there is plenty of information on the web about Botox to know we should NOT be using it. Just a sample of what I found on Botox. It sounds like it can ruin your health or cause death!
    A Virginia jury has awarded $212 million to a man who alleged that side effects of Botox caused him to suffer brain damage.

    The Botox lawsuit was filed by 67 year-old Douglas M. Ray, who alleged that he was disabled by permanent brain damage after receiving Botox injections to treat writer’s cramp in his right hand. The complaint accused Allergan Inc., the manufacturer, of failing to warn about the risk of brain damage from Botox triggering an autoimmune reaction.
    According to a 2008 report released by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, at least 180 adverse event reports have been received by the FDA, which revealed that patients treated with Botox or Myobloc showed symptoms such as aspiration pneumonia, difficulty swallowing or muscle weakness. As the toxin spreads from the injection site, it has been associated with symptoms like weakness, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, dry mouth, partial paralysis, respiratory distress and death.

  • May 25, 2009

    by kiki

    The effects of MYOXINOL & ARGIRILINE are a load of overhyped rubbish. NOTHING is able to replace BOTOX and if that were the case doctors would be scared - and so far I see no doctors in the least fearful of losing their botox clients - indeed use of BOTOX is growing.

    Furthermore the tests conducted have not been verified using double blind trials - in fact the only tests they have are in vitro (muscle culture) which MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! BOTOX is injected not into the skin but into the underlying muscle. So are these companies telling us that their topically applied cream (remember it will be in a formulation) has the ability to penetrate the whole dermis and move into the muscle and create the same effect as BOTOX - i hardly think so!!!

    If on the other hand it has paralysing effects like BOTOX (because this is what botox does) then why would anyone want to paralyse their skin and indeed all the fucntions of skin with it - remember the skin is a living, working immune organ.

    These overhyped claims have no leg to stand on. What is more frustrating is websites like yours that claim to tell consumers about the truth in skin care and yet publish more inclusive and unsustantited rubbish.

    By the way I am no doctor and I am no proponent of botox.

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