Peptides are natural substances known for their anti aging effects as well as their different healing capabilities in the body. Over the years, peptides have formed a major ingredient in the manufacture of different skin care products, including a wide range of anti aging creams and lotions. This is due to peptides’ ability to trick the skin into believing that that there is a reduction in the levels of collagen and prompting it to produce more. In addition to increasing collagen production in the skin, peptides also come along with the following benefits-:
- Peptides are responsible for regulating the breakdown of collagen in the skin
- The encourage the production of antioxidant enzymes to fight phytochemical and free agents that might cause harm to the skin.
- Improve the healing process in damaged sections of the skin
- Evens out pigmentation, leading to uniform skin color tone
- Have antimicrobial abilities to protect the skin from bacterial attacks
The following are examples of peptides commonly used in the manufacture of skin care and anti aging products-:
PalmitoylPentapeptide – 3
Also known as Matrixyl, PalmitoylPentapeptide – 3 is a fatty acid or a lipo-peptide mixed with amino acids. It is responsible for stimulating the lower layers of the skin to initiate self-healing processes. Due to its actions, skin care products with PalmitoylPentapeptide – 3 usually experience an increase in smoothness by up to 13%. The peptide is also known to increase collagen synthesis by up to 117%, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles by up to 46%.
Acetyl Hexapeptide – 3
Also known as Argireline, Acetyl Hexapeptide – 3 comprises of six amino acids chains, hence the prefix – hexa. It helps the face muscles to relax, thus contributing the reduction of wrinkles and linings which often appear on the skin due to aging. By using skin care products containing Acetyl Hexapeptide – 3, the appearance of deep wrinkles appearing on the face can be reduced by up to 30% within the first 30 days of treatment.