Affordable Anti-aging: Argireline™ Solution 10% from The Ordinary


Have you tried any of the skin care products from The Ordinary? They've become very popular, and for two important reasons: 1) their products work, and 2) they're reasonably priced.

Bottle of The Ordinary's Argireline 10% Solution sitting on a wooden table with the product box in the background

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I look for products that give me the most bang for my buck. But that doesn't always mean that I buy the least expensive product. Sometimes I buy a pricier product because there isn't a less expensive alternative that works as well. Sometimes I buy products that are relatively inexpensive - but only if they work.

I've talked in the past about how much I like the Buffet Peptide Serum and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum from Deciem's The Ordinary line. Today, I'm going to share my experience with another of their products - the 10% Argireline™ Solution.

FYI: If you're not familiar with Argireline™ (acetyl hexapeptide-8), it's a peptide that claims to improve the appearance of "expression" wrinkles - such as crow's feet, forehead lines, etc. It works by preventing the muscles from contracting. This isn't Botox, so I wouldn't expect to see those kinds of results - but not everyone want to use or can afford to use Botox, and a topical solution is an alternative.

The Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution has a water-like consistency, because the active ingredient is more available to the skin if it's in water!

The Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ Solution comes in a one ounce frosted glass bottle with a dropper top. It has the consistency of water, which is because Argireline™ is more available to the skin when it's in a water-based solution. There is no fragrance, and it absorbs quickly and completely. I never notice any tackiness.

The Ordinary's Argireline 10% Solution (clear) in a clear glass dropper

Ingredient list for the Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Gellan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Isoceteth-20, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Directions for using the Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution

The directions say to apply a few drops to forehead and around eyes twice daily before heavier treatments. In the morning, I cleanse my face, apply Timeless Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid, the Argireline™, then the rest of my skincare. In the evening, I cleanse my face and apply the Argireline™ before applying the rest of my products. I always apply products starting with the thinnest consistency and finishing with the thickest.

I've been using this product for six months. 

You may remember that back in July 2017, I wrote a post about The Ordinary's Buffet Peptide Serum. About six months ago, I decided that I would try using the individual products that make up the Buffet - just to see if there was any difference in using them separately. According to The Ordinary website, the Buffet contains: "Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl™ synthe'6™ peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), ARGIRELOX™ peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%."

I purchased The Ordinary's Matrixyl 10% + HA (Matrixyl™ 3000 and Matrixyl™ synthe'6™, at a combined concentration of 10% by weight in a specialized Hyaluronic Acid delivery system) and Argireline™ 10% as an alternative to the Buffet. I'm not getting the SYN™-AKE peptide complex or the pentapeptide-18 that is in the Buffet, so it's not a perfect substitution, but it's close.

The Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution - another example of how they are making anti-aging skincare affordable!

I think the Argireline™ is a great product (as is the Matrixyl 10% + HA), and if you are looking for single ingredient products, these are good, affordable choices. I'm not sure if I've seen an improvement in my forehead or around my eyes, but they definitely don't look any worse. Which is a good thing!

The next time I need to repurchase, I will be buying their newest product, Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%. I get more anti-aging ingredients and it's all in one product, so less steps and less bottles. (As a side note, I used copper peptides for many years, and I'm not sure why I stopped, because I do believe they offer benefits to the skin. I'm excited to give this new product a try!) I may continue to use the Argireline™ 10% Solution as well to see if it makes a difference.

Before I close, I also wanted to say that there is some controversy over Argireline™. Some people say it will eventually cause skin to sag after long-term use. I don't believe that is the case, but I encourage you to do your own research and decide if you want Argireline™ in your routine.

Do you use Argireline™ or any of The Ordinary's products? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments here, on Instagram, or on Snapchat!


Kim A.
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