Research in the scientific community is ongoing, but to this point in time, peptides are still the most promising ingredients when it comes to reversing signs of aging skin and repairing sun (UV) damage.
What are Peptides Anyway?
Technically, a peptide is a compound that is made up of two or more amino acids (building blocks of proteins) that are linked through chemical bonds, which perform a variety of biological functions.
Peptides are naturally present in our skin and assist as messengers of cell relay (by increasing cell to cell communication) as well as stimulating the activation of enzymes, hormones and collagen synthesis. After the age of 30, especially if there has been a great deal of exposure to severe environmental conditions such as mid-day UVs and pollution, peptide production slows dramatically resulting in the loss of elasticity and ‘turgor’ , leading to the production of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as loss of hydration and development of brown spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
As is the case with our natural peptide booster BioScience Peptide Complex, topical peptides are powerful enough to give you results similar to cosmetic corrective procedures by mimicking your skin’s natural regenerative ability. When applied in the form of skin regenerating serums or creams, they act like natural peptides and responds as it did when we were younger by synthesizing lost collagen. Certain peptides are also proven to help heal wounds, and improve skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and dermatitis.
‘Biomimetic Peptides’ for different Skin concerns
Lab synthesized ‘Designer peptides’ or Biomimetic Peptides activate youthful skin elements to promote collagen synthesis while slowing down or reversing undesired skin conditions.
What to look for when choosing a peptide based anti-aging skin care serum.
1. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3 (or MatrixylTM) – This skin cell messenger chain-peptide regulates cellular activities by linking critical cellular checkpoints (signal cascading peptide). MatrixylTM penetrates easily into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin fibroblasts and when delivered in effective concentrations works as effectively as retinols, without the irritation that prevents so many people from using them. It also repairs sun-damaged skin
Did you know? In independent in vitro analysis, it was found that MatrixylTM can increase Collagen I synthesis (critical in skin texture/turgor) by 212%, Collagen IV by 327% and Hyaluronic Acid by 267%. Further, in vivo studies demonstrated a 17% reduction in wrinkle depth , while surface area covering deep wrinkles were reduced by 67% with 6 months of continuous usage.
2. Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 (Argireline) – Also known as ‘Botox in a jar’, Argireline is a neurotransmitter inhibitor peptide that provides anti-aging and moisture retention effects. It also improves firmness and tone by inhibiting catecholamine secretion and destabilizing the SNARE complex which are responsible for limiting production and permeability of peptides at the cellular level. In a study it was seen that Argireline can decrease nearly 50% wrinkle depth, especially in the eye area, within 4 months of use.
Peptides need a ‘cocktail of friends’ or synergistic elements in order to reap maximum benefit. Certain natural ingredients (such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Polyphenols) are rich in antioxidants, and when combined properly, work in concert for hydrating, replenishing and healing results. In short, these promising peptides have the power to address multiple signs of aging skin, providing faster, and even (dare we say)…Amazing results!