What Is ‘Botox In A Bottle’ And How Does It Work?
Dr Nivedita Dadu, who is Delhi's renowned dermatologist provides insights on 'Botox in a Bottle'.
Whenever we browse our social media accounts, we often come across new skincare trends that have been making headlines. One such trend is 'Botox in a Bottle'. The term is quite new, and as a result, it has left many people anxious about what the actual hype is about this skincare trend.
Before beginning to understand 'Botox in a Bottle', it is important to know what wrinkles are and how they form. Wrinkles and 'Botox in a Bottle' are linked to one another. Dr Dadu says that whenever we make facial expressions, our muscles contract causing wrinkles. People who are highly expressive or have dry skin are more prone to wrinkles on their faces. Apart from these, age also plays an essential role in the formation of wrinkles.
Two Types of Wrinkles
Dr Dadu explains that there are two types of wrinkles. While one is static, another one is called dynamic. If a person is smiling or frowning or raising eyebrows, then they may experience dynamic wrinkles on their face. However, if an individual is not doing any of these activities then they will not experience any wrinkles on the face.
On the other hand, static wrinkles are referred to as permanent types of wrinkles which are even visible on an individual's face even when they are not smiling or frowning or raising eyebrows.
Dr Dadu says that it is easy to treat dynamic wrinkles as compared to static wrinkles. However, if an individual doesn't pay attention to their dynamic wrinkles, they can even turn static.
What is Botox?
Botox is referred to as Botulinum Toxin injections that are injected into muscles. When the person uses these muscles to smile, frown or raise their eyebrows, Botox can prevent wrinkles from forming on their face.
What is Botox in a Bottle?
Botox is a well-known cosmetic procedure that is used to minimise the look of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. The neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin, which is created by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, is used to make it. Moreover, medical disorders like migraines, excessive perspiration, and muscular spasms are treated with Botox. To ensure the safety and efficacy of Botox, it is crucial to highlight that it should only be applied by a licensed medical expert in a sterile setting.
What peptides are present in ‘botox in a bottle’?
The first peptide is serum Argireline which contains Acetyl Hexapeptide 8. The Hexapeptide has 6 chains of peptide works similarly to Botox when it comes to reducing wrinkles. Dr Dadu explains that this serum restricts neurotransmitters responsible for muscle contraction from sending a signal.
Another famous peptide which is used in ‘botox in a bottle’ is 'Snap -8'. Snap 8 contains Acetyl Octapeptide 3 and has 8 chains. This serum works the same way by reducing the neurotransmitters from sending signals to reduce wrinkles on the face.
How to use these serums?
Dr Dadu advises using water-based formulations as they are easy to absorb. Further, since this is a water-based solution, it might cause a slight tingle on a person's face, which is completely normal. You can also apply moisturiser or sunscreen after using the serum.
Dr Dadu advises that if a person has dry and acne-prone skin, then should avoid using Botox in a bottle as it can lead to more irritation.
Can these peptide serums be used with other actives?
No, it is not recommended to combine these peptides with other actives such as Glycolic acid, Retinol and Vitamin C, as they may react negatively together. Dr Dadu advises conducting a patch test on your face before using any peptide serum.
What molecules can be combined with these peptide proteins?
Apart from water formulation, peptide proteins can also be used in cream formulations with Argireline. The cream formulation contains silicates that help in lifting and filling wrinkles.
Argireline is even available with Snap 8 and when two peptide serums are combined and used together then it can enhance the results. Apart from this, Argireline is available with Copper tripeptide 1 which improves the production of collagen.
Botox in a bottle restricts the neurotransmitter, which gives the signal to muscles to contract, and as a result when a person smiles, frowns or raises eyebrows, then they can prevent the formation of wrinkles. These serums also hydrate the skin, which makes the skin supple and reduces wrinkles. Dr Dadu says that the last way through which Botox in a bottle works is by triggering collagen production, which keeps the skin hydrated and elastic leading to very less chances of wrinkle formation.
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