Are you on a mission for firmer, more youthful looking skin to set off your voluminous Glad Lashes? Perhaps you’ve heard about the power of peptides and how they can boost collagen, restore elasticity and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. If anti-aging is your skin care concern, then peptides should play a part in your face lotion and eye cream.
Peptides are links of amino acids, which are proteins that boost collagen production. Collagen is the “glue” that holds the skin together. It supports the body’s tissues, strengthens blood vessels and promotes skin elasticity and firmness. Collagen rapidly declines as we grow older, leading to lines, wrinkles and moisture-starved skin. Peptides penetrate deep into the skin to activate collagen production and rejuvenate skin texture.
Matrixyl—the trademarked name of a peptide called palmitoyl pentapeptide-3—came on the scene at the forefront of the peptide revolution. Clinical trials showed that Matrixyl helps to stimulate collagen synthesis and increase levels of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid isn’t acidic at all. The body produces this polysaccharide to lubricate connective tissue and keep skin smooth and hydrated. Some studies suggest that Matrixyl can help build collagen more effectively than superstar anti-aging ingredients like vitamin C and retinol.
Argireline (acetyle hexapeptide-3) is marketed as the peptide substitute for Botox because it imparts a subtle paralyzing effect to facial muscles. The key here is subtle. If you’re looking for more drastic wrinkle reduction then you’ll have to opt for the more invasive needle. Peptide technology has advanced since the introduction of Argireline. With a wrinkle reduction of 30%, Snap-8 (acetyl glutanyl octapeptide-3) tests more effectively than Argireline.
Matrixyl 3000 is two peptides in one— palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl oligopeptide. Together, they work to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid, calm the inflammation that contributes to wrinkles, rejuvenate skin texture, and act as a shield against skin-damaging UV rays.
Copper peptides combine the protection of proteins with the skin regenerating properties of copper fragments. These peptides are renown for their ability to accelerate wound healing and refresh skin. Peptides, including copper peptides, are always synthetically manufactured to allow chemists to maintain control over strength and effectiveness.
Are Peptides the Miracle Ingredient?
Peptides hold promise and will certainly boost radiance, hydrate and tone lackluster skin. Unfortunately, don’t expect any photoshop-like miracles. Improvement…yes…miracle…not quite yet. Peptides are just one of many anti-aging ingredients. When combined with other standout nutrients like vitamins C, E, and A, peptides are sure to get that much closer to miracle status. Start with a peptide-packed night cream. After four to six weeks, you should start to see proof of the power of peptides!
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