There are a lot of harmful compounds in our everyday…
Vine Vera is always on the hunt for new and effective skincare ingredients, and we’re happy to share them with you when we find them, so you can stay informed with the latest and greatest in the skincare industry. Recently, a promising compound known as Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, also known as argireline, has come to our attention.
Argireline is starting to look pretty promising as a method for removing hard-set lines, like laugh lines, from the face. Such lines tend to be rather difficult to deal with, so this is an exciting development indeed.
How Lines Form
Before we can really talk about what Argeline does to help with lines on the face, we need to talk about how the lines get there in the first place. Lines often form in places where repeated facial expressions causing muscle contractions in a specific spot on the face over and over again. Lines tend to form in places relative to expressions you make a lot, so if you’re a perpetual smiler, a frequent scowler or particularly giggly, you’ll get lines in different places relative to what muscle contractions each of those expressions causes. Note that this is a very long, gradual process, and takes untold millions of smiles, frowns, or laughs before there’s any actual visible result. This can make them hard to remove when they get set in place, because they’ve been cemented in by time.
How Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Can Help
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, a.k.a. argireline, is being added to certain anti-aging skincare products lately because of its purported benefits treating and preventing lines. It works by blocking signals to the brain from certain facial expressions, preventing the associated muscle contractions, which can potentially smooth out lines overtime, and prevent new ones from forming, as long as it’s used regularly. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Risks and Precautions
While topically applied argireline is probably much safer and definitely less invasive than botox, collagen injections, or surgery, it still carries risks and considerations to keep in mind.
For one thing, just remember that it probably won’t help with deep, hard-set lines that have been there for a long time. There are products that can help reduce the look of those lines, like Vine Vera’s Shiraz Instenic Non-Surgical Syringe, but topical acetyl hexapeptide-8 alone will only do so much.
Secondly, just remember that this compound blocks neurological impulses to the face, and that’s not something to take lightly. It’s been shown to be largely safe, but use it with caution and carefully observe your reaction to it. If you are at risk for muscular twitching, already have a problem with twitching, or have perpetually drooping eyelids, you should consult with your doctor before using anything containing the compound, as it can worsen these problems.
Finally, this product can cause irritation and dryness, as well as make your facial expressions appear unnatural. You should ease into using argireline, starting with very small doses and working your way up, so you get used to the effects and make sure it’s going to work for you.