The world of anti-aging cosmetics is expanding like never before. The market is flooded with countless creams, lotions and serums all competing in their claims to turn back the clock and make you look younger with a youthful, radiant and rejuvenated skin. In this hullaballoo, Botox has created its own special niche. However, there are other products in the market, more specifically peptides such as Hex 3, that achieve similar antiaging benefits though with a slightly different mechanism and without the scary side effects.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is also called botulinum toxin. Botox can be injected in very small concentrations to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It works by blocking nerve transmissions that signal muscles to contract.
Nerves release acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, the point at which nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter or a chemical messenger that binds to the receptors present on the muscle cells and causes them to contract. The injected Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine. Without this chemical, no signal or instruction reaches the muscles, so they don’t contract.
You can say Botox works to reduce the fine lines and motion wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles. The wrinkle reducing effects typically last for 3 to 6 months, depending on the dose and individual factors. After this time span, the muscles restore their mobility causing the fine lines and wrinkles to reappear.
Botox is clearly a fast, effective strategy to look younger. But higher costs and certain undesirable side effects associated with its use turn out to be impeding factors for some people. Without a doubt, it is an expensive treatment. The success will largely depend on the skill of the physician, who must be an expert in using it appropriately and in correct doses. If not, Botox injections can result in unwanted side effects like droopy eyelids.
In rare cases, it is also possible that the effect of this neurotoxin spreads to other parts of the body, leading to complications that are seen in botulism poisoning. Some of these symptoms are body-wide muscle weakness, blurred vision, trouble speaking or swallowing, and breathing problems.
What must also be understood is that Botox is only effective for the reduction of motion wrinkles. These wrinkles result from repeated facial movements, for example seen in frown line, smile lines and crow’s feet. Botox has no effect on sun damage and it doesn’t help in the rejuvenation of skin cells.
Hexapeptide -3 is a peptide chain of six amino acids attached to the residue of acetic acid. Hex 3 is basically a fragment of SNAP-25, a substrate of Botox. The peptide works on the same principle as Botox, i.e. by interfering in the nerve transmission process albeit through a slightly different mechanism. While Botox snaps the nerve-muscle connection altogether, an action that paralyzes or deadens the muscles, Hex 3 merely inhibits the connection, an action that relaxes the muscles.
Hex 3 relaxes muscles by interrupting the neurotransmitters that signals the muscle to contract, thus reducing the depth of motion wrinkles and visible effects of aging especially around the eyes and forehead. One published study showed that using 10% of acetyl hexapeptide-3 can result in 30% reduction in wrinkle size after only 30 days.
Hex 3 scores over Botox in many aspects. There are no reported side effects, it is safe to use and easy to use. Hex 3 reduces muscle contractions in a non-paralytic manner and without the risk of droopy eyelids and other side effects. It is also better than Botox injections as it hydrates the skin.
Skin Factor by BioTrends combines two wonderful ingredients, Hexapeptide 3 and EGF. Both these compounds work together to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as heal damaged skin. EGF is another peptide that promotes skin repair and regeneration. It also boosts the production of collagen, something not achieved by using Botox injections. Skin Factor is an effective skincare product that will leave you with a healthy, nourished and glowing skin within days of using.