Not yet ready for injectables? Discover beauty's best-kept secret

A woman putting cream on her face
Facial pick-me-up: Argireline® peptide is used in products by hundreds of cosmetic companies Credit: Getty

Did you know a mind-boggling 43 per cent of Brits have considered non-surgical cosmetic procedures?

From retouched photographs in magazines and adverts to filtered selfies on Instagram and Snapchat, the continuous stream of supernaturally flawless skin has prompted a new set of beauty ideals, and with it, a dramatic increase in cosmetic procedures.

While undergoing any kind of invasive surgery may seem like an extreme step to take, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, injectable procedures have increased by 28 per cent since 2010 among 20 to 29-year-olds and recent research from Mintel revealed that more than 50 per cent of women and 39 per cent of men aged 18 to 34 would consider a cosmetic procedure.

But, if syringes and injectables seem all a little too futuristic, fear not – you don’t need to go under the needle just yet. Enter: Argireline® peptide, the ingredient on the beauty scene that’s offering a facial pick-me-up.

What is it?

This genius compound, which appears in product ingredient listings by its chemical name, acetyl hexapeptide-8, was developed over 10 years by Lipotec™, a brand that researches and manufactures up-and-coming active ingredients for the cosmetics industry.

Used by hundreds of cosmetics companies that want to provide anti-wrinkle benefits in their products, it was first launched in 2001, and acted as a major breakthrough in the beauty industry, thanks to its impressive and dramatic effects on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What is it used for?

To target the appearance of expression wrinkles and fine lines, Argireline peptide can be found in many anti-ageing beauty products. You may well have used it without knowing its name.

What are the effects of Argireline?

This clever peptide helps to visually ease the effects of ageing by reducing the formation of, and targeting, facial lines and wrinkles. While it may seem hard to believe, Argireline peptide works pretty rapidly, visually reducing the appearance of lines in both length and volume with regular use.

In tests carried out by Lipotec, users of Argireline peptide found that wrinkle volume was reduced by 20.6 per cent and wrinkle length by 15.9 per cent. Further studies also showed that the roughness and depth of wrinkles could be decreased with the ingredient.

More than a decade on, Argireline peptide is still the leading ingredient and “best-kept secret” of the beauty industry.

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This article, brought to you by Lipotec, is about looking and feeling your best using Argireline peptide.

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