The Ingredients To Look Out For For A 'Natural Botox' Effect

We've rounded up two hero products to have on hand to keep wrinkles at bay.

Go forth and find them. 

Looking for a Botox-without-the-Botox effect? Luckily, such a thing exists – and it's actually easier to find than you think. 

The two magic ingredients you're looking for are Acmella Oleracea and Argireline.

Acmella Oleracea is a plant extract, originally used by tribesmen to treat things like toothaches because of its power to slightly numb the area. When applied to your face, it very slightly numbs the muscles and stops them moving so much much the same way as Botox would.

Argireline works in the same kind of way as Acmella Oleracea. It makes the facial muscles contract more gently than normal, so the skin doesn't wrinkle harshly as you express yourself. By making your facial muscles move with less force, it slows down the formation of wrinkles.

Both products, although completely natural – should not be used without a patch test. Even if your skin is not usually sensitive you can be allergic to a particular plant or root extract. 

Amelia Olerecea can be found in extract form online for about €15.

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The Ordinary does an Argireline Solution 10% for €7 if you're looking to try.

It claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by preventing the skin from folding.

Particularly powerful around the eyes and forehead, use twice daily under moisturiser as a lightweight means to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin.

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