I have another item from The Ordinary to talk about, and it’s the first serum I’ve tried from them that targets wrinkles. Argireline is a peptide complex, and I hadn’t heard of it before shopping on The Ordinary’s site. In all honesty I think that if I had done more research before placing my order, I probably would have bought something else, but it’s not a bad ingredient and I’ve found it an interesting one to learn more about because it has a different kind of effect than a lot of others I’m familiar with.
The Argireline Solution 10% is in the “Other Molecules” category of The Ordinary’s website and costs $7.90 for 30 ml. It’s free of alcohol, oil, silicone, nuts, gluten, and is vegan. It does contain water, Argireline is the third ingredient, and there aren’t many other ingredients besides that in the serum. The directions say that it’s meant to be used in areas prone to developing dynamic folds and that it should be applied to the eye and forehead area. I was intrigued by this because the eye area is the first part of my face to develop fine lines, and just recently I’ve noticed some little lines on my forehead have snuck up on me.
The actual serum is super lightweight and really feels very much like water. It’s completely clear and odorless, and is a little hard to keep in my fingertips because it’s so thin. I massage it into my forehead and all around my eyes as my first step after toner and don’t find it affects how any other products layer on top. Now, personally, the area around my eyes gets really dry and I have to work kind of hard to maintain the elasticity and hydration with the skincare and makeup I use, and there was definitely a time where I thought this serum might actually be a touch drying. I don’t think that’s the actually the case at this point, but it certainly doesn’t have any hydrating properties at all, and so for me that’s a little bit of a problem.
The reason why they instructions say to use this serum on the forehead and eye area specifically is connected to how the main ingredient works. Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) is a peptide made by Lipotec that doesn’t do any plumping or repairing to fine lines. It actually works to prevent the formation of dynamic folds because it interrupts the process required for certain muscles to contract. That might sort of sound like Botox, but instead of relaxing the facial muscles, it’s preventing them from contracting, which has a different effect.
By the time I made my way about 40% through my jar, I actually really noticed a difference in the tiny crinkly lines that have appeared below the outer corner of my eyes. The skin doesn’t appear to be plumped, exactly, but the overall effect is really quite nice. It took longer to see a difference in my forehead lines, which are newer to my face but deeper overall because I think the skin there in general is thicker than it is around my eyes, but now that I’m maybe 70% through the jar I can see a difference there, too. I like the effect and I think that at 30 years old, I’m at the right age to experiment with something like this. And, just in case you’re wondering, my husband and I don’t notice any change in my expressions and facial movement.
I’d say that if you’re a little older or have more concerns about plumpness and hydration (which is certainly something I struggle with, too), The Ordinary definitely has other products to help with that approach. I don’t think I’ll buy this one again, but I like it, and of all the Ordinary reviews I’ve seen I haven’t caught anyone talking about this particular serum. For whenever I finish my bottle, I’ve already purchased a new anti-aging serum from The Ordinary to try next, which is their Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50).
Have you tried this one yet, or any of their other Molecules? What do you think?