Hello all! We are going to start a “Mystery Ingredient Monday” for things found in both natural and chemical-based cosmetics. We will identify the ingredient that is frequently found on cosmetic labels and tell you what it really is and what it really does.
Today, we have acetyl hexapeptide-3. This ingredient predominantly appears in anti-aging products that claim to have the same effects as Botox. However, upon doing a little research, we find that it is meant to repress or replace things like dopamine and epinephrine in your skin. It is also meant to make your facial muscles stop contracting (ie: moving). Though this is what Botox does, there are more health regulations on Botox and its effectiveness is so far unmatched by any drugstore cosmetics.
The verdict: Is acetyl hexapeptide-3 bad for you? Probably not. It is non-toxic and non-irritant. It just might not deliver the results you’re looking for. There are a few people that claim to have seen mostly no difference after using it and some that claim the peptide caused sagging after awhile (as facial muscles were supposed to be somewhat paralyzed so that they could no longer express to make wrinkles).
We still think it’s best to use a natural remedy for wrinkles–something that doesn’t claim to reverse your age by 10 years, but instead protects and nourishes dry and mature skin. Something, perhaps, like Pevonia Firming Marin Elastin Concentrate.