What are Peptides and How Do They Work?

Peptides for Wrinkles

Anti Aging Peptides in Your Skin Care Products

Science has proven that peptides can reduce wrinkles in your skin and reverse the signs of aging. So how do peptides in skin care make your skin look younger? Many skin care products contain them, so just what are peptides?

What are Peptides?

Human skin is comprised mostly of collagen. Collagen is a protein comprised of long segments of amino acids arranged like a chain.
  • Collagen provides a foundation and thickness for skin
  • Women under 30 have ample collagen, which results in smooth, tight skin
  • The rest of us have less collagen -  skin tends to be thinner, revealing more wrinkles
When collagen breaks down, short segments of amino acids are formed. These are the tiny proteins and active molecules known as peptides. Peptides in skin care can provide significant anti-aging benefits.

Skin Care Peptides Encourage Collagen Production for More Youthful Skin

When collagen is depleted by age and environmental factors, including sunlight, it is not fully replaced. As a result, smooth, young skin slowly becomes thinner and wrinkled over time. As collagen deterorates, it produces certain peptides. Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that these peptides send a "message" to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more. When skin care peptides are applied topically, your skin "thinks" that it's a collagen break down product and that your body needs to manufacture new collagen. So you can successfully minimize wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides that trigger the production of collagen. It is therefore important to use a good peptide wrinkle cream.

The most commonly used peptide in skin care is Matrixyl (palmitoyl- or oligopeptide pentapeptide). This is a neuropeptide that reduces fine lines very well.  Research shows that peptides play an important role in repairing wounds and improving skin conditions. including eczema and dermatitis. No adverse side effects have been reported in the use of skin care peptides.

Anti Aging Peptides Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

Wrinkle creams containing anti aging peptides are popular and effective skin care products. Argireline (Acetyl hexapeptide) has been marketed as a safer, less expensive, and non-invasive alternative to Botox. This anti-aging peptide works by causing facial muscles to relax, thereby minimizing wrinkles. It is often combined with Leuphasyl, which relaxes tiny muscles under the skin. This is particularly helpful for fading wrinkles around the eyes and for forehead wrinkles. Octapeptide is a lengthened version of Argireline. By making the small muscles under your skin longer and reducing muscle tension, octapeptide reduces the appearance of fine lines.

What are peptides you'll find in skin care products? Palmitoyl pentapeptide, more commonly known as Matrixyl is included in many anti-aging product preparations and includes of two paired amino acids attached to a fatty acid to promote absorption. Our Peptide 6® wrinkle cream contains Argireline, Matrixyl 3000 and six distinct peptides, each at the maximum effective dosage.  These are neuropeptides, which are important because they have the ability to penetrate your skin more deeply to do the most good.

Scientists at the NIH discovered that Matrixyl triggers the formation of several important skin components, including elastin and collagen.  Scientific research reveals that after four months, the anti-aging peptide Matrixyl may decrease wrinkle depth by 27%, reduce roughness by 13%, and reduce wrinkle volume by 36%, when used two times each day on the face and the neck area.

Now that you know the answer to What Are Peptides - and for the latest in revolutionary anti-aging formulations, from a night repair cream, to Peptide 6 to Hydrospherex™ Serum, shop our scientifically advanced anti aging skin care line today.
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