What are peptides in skin care?

Peptides are the protein building blocks of collagen. Your skin is composed mostly of collagen, which gives skin its thickness, firmness, support and vitality.

Scientific evidence demonstrates that peptides can minimize wrinkles in your skin and reverse the signs of aging. How do they make your skin look younger? Many skin care products contain peptides, but what are they?

Peptide Molecule

As we age, collagen is destroyed by environmental and other factors, including sunlight, and is not completely replaced. As a result, smooth, young skin gradually becomes thinner and wrinkled over time. As collagen breaks down, certain peptides are released.

Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that these released peptides signal your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to produce more. Developers of anti-aging skin care products have used this knowledge to develop products containing certain peptides that mimic this process and signal your skin to manufacture new collagen.

Specific Anti Aging Peptides that Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

The most frequently utilized “signal” peptide for skin care is Matrixyl (palmitoyl pentapeptide). The NIH has demonstrated that after four months, Matrixyl decreases wrinkle depth by 27%, skin roughness by 13%, and wrinkle volume by 36%, when used on the face and neck twice a day.

Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide) has been marketed as a safer, less expensive, and milder alternative to Botox. This anti-aging peptide works by causing facial muscles to relax, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Leuphasyl, which lessens small muscle contractions, is especially beneficial for minimizing wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Octapeptide lengthens and extends muscles under tension, reducing the depth of lines.

Peptide 6® wrinkle cream, offered exclusively by Mango Madness Skin Care, contains Matrixyl, Argireline, Leuphasyl, Octapeptide, and others for a total of six distinct peptides, each at the maximum effective dosage.