Botox at home with good ingredients

Botox at home with good ingredients

Want Botox at home with good ingredients?

Our skin care expert Mira Aguirre shares her tips on how to work on expression lines without injectables.

Peptides are chains of amino acids, the building blocks that also make up proteins. In skincare, all three are also humectants – ingredients that attract and hold water, increasing hydration in our skin. Peptides have that immediate benefit and other long term benefits that we will go into.

I suggest getting a toner or serum with peptides and other humectants because it’s a 2 and 1 product that way – hydrating and anti aging.

Peptides in skincare are broken up into these main classifications: enzyme inhibitor peptides, carrier peptides, neurotransmitter inhibitor peptides, and signal peptides.

Let’s focus on the last three categories.

  • 1. Carrier peptides: Copper peptides, manganese peptide.
  • Peptides (for example Tripeptide-1, made from amino acid chain GHK) are used to transport elements like copper and manganese into the skin. This is helpful for cellular processes like wound healing. GHK-Cu, the first generation copper peptide, is one of the most well studied peptides thanks to Dr Loren Pickart.
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  • 2. Signal peptides: Matrixyl 3000 (palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl (palmitoyl pentapeptide-4), palmitoyl tripepride-⅗, also called matricins, these peptides are able to trigger a signaling cascade which depending on the signal peptide can result in collagen, elastin, or glycosaminoglycan formation. Typically, they’re collagen stimulators.
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  • 3. Neotransmitter inhibitor peptides: Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-8), Syn-Ake (Tripeptide-3), and Leuphasyl (Pentapeptide-18). These peptides imitate the protein in the body that inhibits (blocks) the release of neurotransmitters from neurons which would normally result in muscle contraction. As a result, these peptides can penetrate the skin and help relax facial muscles which then helps reduce expression lines.

These are just a few of the most popular as there are many kinds  of peptides and it can be very confusing.

Mira Aguirre likes to support smaller brands whenever she can, especially when they’re affordable, but the ingredients still need to impress.

She recommends: The IQ Natural Line Reducing Serum.  It contains 30% Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-8) and 30% Matrixyl 3000 (palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7).

This is a great peptide serum due to its nice high concentration of peptides and you’ve got one of the better researched neurotransmitter inhibiting peptides in addition to a very popular collagen stimulating peptide.

This will work on both dynamic wrinkles (expression lines, visible when you move your facial muscles) as well as static wrinkles (visible when face is rest) too. In addition to those peptides, which are hydrating too, you’ve also got hyaluronic acid and glycerin some of the best humectants and it is in an aloe vera juice base instead of water for extra hydration and anti inflammatory benefits.

Use 1-2 times a day as both your anti aging serum and your hydrator and seal in with moisturizer.

Want to step up those results?

While Argireline is nicknamed “Botox in a Jar,” you won’t get the same results as Botox which can practically erase expression lines in a week. But it can help for anyone in between Botox visits or just someone who isn’t interested in cosmetic injectables to avoid chemiclas but still wants results.

This is great as a daily serum but peptides are large molecules and you can get even better results by combining this with at home treatments that aid product penetration and help those large molecules get into the skin.

I use the IQ Natural serum with treatments in the following ways: as glide while nano needling (microneedling pen with nano cartridges), before at home microcurrent, and also with an electroporation device which creates temporary channels.

Her other IQ Natural favorites:

The IQ organic, cold pressed pure Aloe Vera Gel is great after applying their peptide serum for glide and conduction during micro current.

The third product that makes up my Top 3 is the IQ Resurfacing Eye Treatment. This under eye serum has a refreshing gel texture with aloe vera juice, glycolic acid, Vitamin C, and kojic acid for brightening and anti aging plus avocado and grape seed oil.

Skincare expert Mira Aguirre can  be found on Instagram 

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One Comment

  1. Constance Morris says:

    Thank you Mira this was absolutely wonderful to lab on peptides. ❤️

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