Effects of Botox:
Botox injections immobilize the muscles that cause facial wrinkles.
There are now effective topical alternatives to costly injections! You may want to relax the expression lines that you see on your forehead and around your eyes but you are not sure about a needle and botulinum toxin type A (the active ingredient in Botox).
How does Botox work?
Your facial muscles contract and relax based upon signals received from nerves. The muscles and nerves are connected by a neuromuscular junction. When the nerves send signals to the muscles, neurotransmitters are released and bind to receptors on the junction. This causes a chemical reaction, which makes the muscles contract. Botox inhibits the receptors in the muscles that identify the presence of these neurotransmitters and prevents the chemical reaction that causes muscle contractions. By paralyzing the underlying muscle, Botox doesn’t allow the wrinkle to develop.
How do Botox alternatives work?
Topical alternatives to Botox work in a similar way by blocking the receptors and preventing the muscle from contracting. The active ingredient in these type of products are peptides. Peptides are short chains of amino acids. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins and many other different types of organic molecules. Peptides are frequently created by the digestion of proteins in the body, and many types of peptides are readily and rapidly absorbed by the bloodstream. For this reason, peptides are particularly effective as skin care ingredients.
Though the effect won’t be as strong, and you need to keep using the product to keep the effect, peptide products are a viable alternative that is less expensive with no known side effects.
Interested in knowing more about peptides and what facial products contain them?
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