TikTok has become a one-stop shop for what’s “in” when it comes to beauty in recent years. TikTok is well-known for being an incubator of DIY skincare and beauty trends. Examples include the use of salt water to treat acne scars, a relatively cheap at-home remedy that many young users jumped on, and cinnamon oil lip fillers, the safety of which sparked a debate among beauty influencers and dermatologists.
It’s hardly surprising that more and more trends are making their way onto people’s phones and into their daily routines given the thousands of videos that are released every day. One of the newest popular beauty hacks, “Botox in a bottle,” claims to provide an inexpensive alternative to in-office injectables for fine lines and wrinkles.
This new trend of blending two potent skincare serums has amassed more than 16 million global views under the hashtag #botoxinabottle. Customers who have used the combination believe that these two treatments produce results that are comparable to Botox: smooth, radiant skin and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The items include Argireline Solution 10% and Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary, a functional beauty line. They cost only $16, which is considerably less than the minimum $15.00 per unit cost of a Botox injection.
When beauty blogger Sarah Palmyra claimed to have found a concoction that, after just one month of regular application, had significantly reduced the lines between her eyebrows, the Botox-in-a-Bottle craze was born. As more and more young ladies on TikTok started purchasing the two treatments and blending them together to test the results for themselves, dermatologists quickly recognized the trend. For some people, it was quite effective, raising the question of whether Botox treatments could be replaced by it.
How to Use Botox in a Bottle
When using Botox-in-a-Bottle, the skin is first treated twice daily with a few drops of Argireline Solution 10% before being covered in a layer of Matrixyl 10% + HA High Strength Peptide Formulation. The term “Topical Botox” refers to the effects that, when used frequently, match those of Botox treatment.
Both products have a watery, clear liquid that is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not leave behind any residue.
Acetyl hexapeptide-3, a class of peptide that targets neuromuscular junctions to relax the muscles in the face, is the major component of Argireline. Argireline has been demonstrated in trials to boost collagen formation and lessen wrinkle depth. It functions similarly to Botox by obstructing nerve-to-muscle communication to limit the mobility of the affected muscle.
The majority of skin care professionals concur that the serum cannot permeate the skin deeply enough to have a long-lasting impact, in contrast to Botox, which targets the specific facial muscle. Nevertheless, those who have seen this trend on the internet are eagerly trying the serum to see if they can get the desired youthful benefits.
Topical Therapies and Botox: A Comparison
The outcomes of the trend of Botox in a bottle have some discrepancies. Some people who tried it for themselves discovered that the topical medication did not stop their skin’s muscle mobility, while others said that after using it consistently each day, forehead and smile lines vanished.
For those who don’t want to try injectables, dislike needles, can’t currently afford Botox, or aren’t sure they want to get it yet and want to get a feel for how it would look and feel, I think the effects of this treatment are likely modest at best.
Is it eventually worthwhile to give this TikTok movement a chance, in your opinion? It’s convenient and reasonably priced, in my perspective. These products are worth a try if your skin is delicate and can’t handle harsh anti-aging serums like retinol or other acids.
Many additional goods function similarly to Botox in a bottle. They stimulate cell turnover, exfoliate the skin, and boost collagen and elastin synthesis. In order to obtain a younger and healthier glow, other skincare products including moisturizing moisturizers and physical sunscreens also help to the overall health of the skin. But as with any skincare regimen, it’s crucial to choose a product that’s perfect for you and your skin and use it regularly for best effects.
What Effects Can I Expect from “Topical Botox” vs. Argireline?
The time it takes for benefits to become apparent varies depending on whether you use topical Argireline or Matrixyl or Botox injections.
Small amounts of diluted Botox® are injected using a thin needle during a Botox treatment into the targeted muscles. This could involve a single problem region on the face or several. The Botox procedure takes only a short time and causes little to no discomfort. Botox injections produce benefits that are noticeable as soon as 4-5 days after treatment and take up to two weeks to fully manifest. Although its effects could fade after 4-6 months, it is advised to continue the treatment regularly to get the long-term rewards.
On the other hand, results with Argireline and Matrixyl take significantly longer and are not always consistent. You must use the serums every day and monitor how your skin reacts because irritation can happen. Botox in a bottle takes longer to work and has less effective, short-lived results.
Lasting Impression Medical Spa in Fair Lawn, New Jersey offers free consultations for anyone interested in trying Botox treatments to successfully remove small lines and wrinkles. Additionally, Botox is beneficial in treating a number of medical disorders, including blepharospasm, excessive sweating, migraines, urinary bladder control, and lazy eyes.
Our staff will work with you to choose the best treatment to prevent and treat aging symptoms like sun damage and wrinkles so you can look and feel your best. We are experts in non-invasive cosmetic procedures. To schedule a consultation with us right now or to learn more about Botox, contact our team at (973) 314-2770.