Ingredient Spotlight

I’m sure you’ve wondered about this so-called ‘Botox in a jar’ skincare ingredient – it’s an impressive claim! But what exactly is this oddly named ingredient, how does it work, and how can you incorporate it easily into your skincare routine? Let’s break it down.

What is Acetyl Hexapeptide-8?

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is a peptide compound used to reduce the appearance of fine lines caused by repeated facial expressions, glabellar lines or nasolabial lines.

How Does Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Work?

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 works by promoting the skin’s natural production of type 1 collagen, the crucial protein which forms large, eosinophilic fibres to rebuild muscles, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles so that these muscles can no longer retract, causing the wrinkles to relax and soften. Sounds pretty good, however wrinkles and fine lines caused by sun damage will not respond to Acetyl Hexapeptide-8.

What Skin Concerns is Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Good For?

Acetyl hexapeptide 8 prevents muscle movement that leads to wrinkle formation. It also promotes collagen production, which fights fine lines and improves moisture levels in the skin.

What Skincare Ingredients Does it Pair Well With?

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 works well with other peptides, including Acetyl Octapeptide-3. It’s also often combined with hyaluronic acid to up the hydration benefits.