Belinda Carli, Director and Cosmetic Chemist at the Institute of Personal Care Science, discusses the active ingredients and formulation know-how needed to make 'Botox in a jar'
It is well known just how effective Botox injections are at reducing muscle contractions and the wrinkles that causes. But due to the expense, risks and pain associated with the injections, it’s little wonder that Botox-like creams are a popular alternative.
But just how do the actives in these creams work and how do they get used in formulas?
This article will explore the science of the peptides making Botox-like creams possible, and how they enable companies to offer customers cosmetic products with big results from tiny molecules.
In the personal care industry, the materials we call ‘peptides’ are short chain amino acids – very small substances – that are able to traverse to the stratum basale and signal physiological changes at the dermal level.
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