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Aging shows up on your face as one of the first places. Around your eyes and mouth, fine lines starts to appear and they gradually become noticeable and deepen. At first, only when you move your face, these lines are noticeable and the lines are called “dynamic wrinkles” which means that they are only visible with your facial movements, such as, grimacing, smiling or frowning. Dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles with time, which are noticeable even when you are not moving your face.
To keep your dynamic wrinkles from becoming static wrinkles, there is one way to treat by using an agent that can prevent muscle movement and relax your underlying muscles. This treatment is usually done with injections of Botox or Botulinum toxin which is an expensive and painful treatment but it is effective for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. This process involves multiple needle sticks underneath the skin. Recently, a topical ingredient called acetyl hexapeptide-3 also known as Argireline and is manufactures by Lipotec is added to anti-aging creams and serums as an alternative to Botox.
How Does Argireline Work?
Argireline is basically a peptide, which is a sequence of amino acids linked together to form a chain. Peptides have the ability to tell the cells what to do and direct them. They also have the ability to affect the skin cell function, peptides are essential skin care products. Argireline has a different function than Collagens, as collagen gives support to the skin and prevents sagging, while Argireline when applied topically, alters the biochemical pathways which are involved in muscle contraction so that it prevent the facial muscle to contract as it can help reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Such wrinkles become less noticeable that was once noticeable by making facial expressions.
This molecular cosmetic is an alternative to topical injections and achieves the same and prevents muscle movements that were responsible for the formation of expression lines. The acetyl hexapeptide-3 competes with the natural protein of N-terminal end of NAP-25 to reach the SNARE complex position. As a result, the facial contractions are weakened and muscles are relaxed with the efficient release of neurotransmitter thus preventing wrinkle formation.
Benefits of Cosmetics:
This anti-wrinkle peptide is the same as Botulinum and toxin but it is a lot smoother and safer. Argireline has been developed relatively recently and reports on its long term use are not produced yet.