Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel is an anti-wrinkle serum that is rumored to be used by Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama (source1, source2). It’s claimed to be a superior anti-wrinkle serum not because of the “me too” ingredients included in many anti-aging serums, like Vitis vinifera (grape leaf extract) or sodium hyaluronate, but rather, because it contains spilanthol, a local anesthetic naturally found in Acmella oleracea extract. Use of Biotulin, with its relatively high concentration of spilanthol, is supposed to help wrinkles look like they were injected with Botox, without the injections, and particularly around the eye area.
Spilanthol: It Really Does Relax Muscle Contractions
Spilanthol, when topically applied to the skin, actually can inhibit muscle contractions (A Centum of Valuable Plant Bioactives). What’s more, it’s potent enough that even when it isn’t extracted from Acmella oleracea, the latter itself applied to the skin has demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anesthetic, and antioxidant properties (Food Reviews International).
The Biotulin company recommends using the product throughout the day for best effects. I personally don’t recommend this, for one of the same reasons I don’t use Botox: over time, there is a possibility there is permanent weakened signaling between the nerves and the muscles, which would lead to skin sagging. (The other reason I don’t use Botox, for the record, is that I get keloid scars badly; once, I had a dislocated jaw, and the anesthesia needle left a permanent scar on my chin. I don’t mess with needles.)
Spilanthol May Also Help the Penetration of Other Ingredients Applied to the Skin
According to dermatologist Dr. Mansouri, “Spilanthol has also shown skin penetration benefits where it can increase the absorption of other topical substances applied on the skin.” Basically, the ingredient helps anything you apply on top, such as moisturizer or eye cream, sink into the skin better and really work its magic.
Other Products with Spilanthol
- BeautyMed BLH Firming Spilanthol Cream
- TATA Harper Elixir Vitae Eye Serum 2.0
- VENN Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum
How to Use Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel
According to the website, Biotulin gel is incredibly economical – only a small amount is needed. Apply a small drop of Biotulin gel evenly on the face and neck area and massage gently into the skin. Skin is visibly firmer after just one hour, and this will last for up to 24 hours. Use Biotulin gel before applying your daily skincare products.
Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel is one of those products that seem to have flown under the regulations of the FDA, with an ability to serve as a mild anesthetic and relax the muscles of your face. The effects last anywhere from a few hours to 12 hours, depending on how much you apply and how sensitive your skin and muscles are to the treatment. I recommend using this product only for special occasions, as I don’t believe in weakening the neuromuscular junction with injectables or anesthetics regularly (I personally think it could lead the skin to sag more over time). That said, it’s a lovely product that does leave a cosmetic effect for a few hours.
Ingredients in Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Bisulfite