Recently, we’ve read and seen a lot of buzz on the internet about the benefit of peptides in skin care. Within the last year, one new peptide cream promising smoother skin after another seems to have made its way to the market. Indeed, properly formulated, peptide wrinkle creams can be very beneficial for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. However, not only is potency important, but there are many different kinds of peptide ingredients available – and some are far better than others at rendering those wrinkles less noticeable.
Probably the most well-known skin care peptides are Matrixyl and Argireline. Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide) is a “messenger peptide” because it can signal your skin that it needs to replace collagen that has broken down. Clinical trial research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrates that collagen-like Hexapeptide reduces both the number of wrinkles and wrinkle depth. Our skin needs ample collagen to provide a firm foundation. This loss of collagen usually occurs due to exposure to sunlight and the aging process. Another popular peptide is Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide) because of its ability to lessen muscle contractions that accentuate wrinkles.
Check your peptide wrinkle cream, though. If it contains just one or two, or even three peptides, you’re not getting the full benefit. There are other peptides that perform different skin-smoothing actions: Leuphasyl helps reduce wrinkles around the eye area and on the forehead. Octapeptide works to lessen the depth of wrinkles, and Tripeptide helps prevent wrinkles and lines from forming in the first place.
The best peptide wrinkle creams will contain six peptides for maximum benefit. Is that enough for a good anti-wrinkle product? Not yet – vital to efficacy is the concentration of the peptides. You want to choose a skin cream such as Peptide 6™ that not only contains 6 different peptides, but formulates the product so that the peptide concentrations are at the maximum effective dosage for your skin.