Peptides for the skin? Do you need them?
Sometimes, there are skincare ingredients like peptides for the skin that spark interest. But, they seem a little mysterious or, too good to be true. Can they really do all they say?
They sound like something you might need, and the beauty consultant thinks you did too. But, you’re not convinced. You want to trust the beauty consultant but they struggled to explain them to you. But, you ponder. It’s a well-known brand with a good reputation. So, why not? Right?
With so many ingredients popping up every second minute, you’d be wise to consider why you need them before spending your money.
You’ve never heard of peptides for the skin?
If you’re new to the power of peptides for your skin, then it might be time to read on.
The right peptides can take your skincare routine beyond the basics, or if you’re already on a fairly comprehensive beauty regimen, then peptides up the ante.
But what are you getting for your money?
It’s fair to wonder. What are peptides for the skin? And, why should I use them? Are they going to do anything? Should I repurchase another bottle of those peptide watcha-ma-call-its?
Let’s start with a little science.
Peptides are essential for the proper function of every cell in your body, including the cells of your skin. A peptide is a short chain of amino acids, unlike a protein which is a long-chain amino acid. These peptides comprise amino acids which become mini-proteins, the building blocks for larger proteins. And, just as protein is vital for a healthy body, it’s well established we also need peptides for the skin.
When specific amino acids are combined, they form particular peptides, of which there can be many variations.
When it comes to your skin hopefully, your skincare professional will recommend a peptide designed to solve your specific skin dilemma.
Still a little confused?
Okay then, let’s put it another way. Your collagen gives your skin its strength, and when in decline, your skin will begin to sag, wrinkles will form, and the texture of your skin becomes uneven. Collagen is a protein made up of long-chain amino acids and requires peptides to build and support it.
The proteins formed by peptides keep your skin intact. Peptides reduce the degradation of collagen caused by a lifetime of exposure to the sun and the environment.
Generally speaking, peptides for the skin can be classified into the following activities.
Peptides that send messages between cells to orchestrate positive activities such as the formation of collagen and elastin. Great if you want to reduce visible signs of ageing.
A peptide with the ability to inhibit destructive enzymes which, if left unchecked, destroys collagen and elastin. Very useful if you want to prevent premature ageing.
Also known as neuropeptides that are active on nerves. For example, peptides that inhibit the release of chemicals from nerves to stimulate muscle fibres. These have a botulinum-like effect of relaxing muscle tone. But, let’s be honest. They won’t replace a relaxing muscle injection. However, if used correctly and consistently neuropeptides will relax the underlying muscle will and soften the look of your frown lines. Or, extend the time between visits to your cosmetic doctor (if that’s what you’re into).
Mover and Shakers.
These are carrier peptides that convey essential minerals like copper into the skin. Coopper is vital for the health and strength of the skin, which is a good thing as long as you find a quality formula.
Peptides can minimise discolouration by inhibiting the production of melanin. If left unchecked can lead to uneven and blotchy pigmentation. When combined other active ingredients such as Niacinamide (vitamin B3, and Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C), the reduction of blotchy pigmentation can reduce dramatically.
Free radical scavengers.
Essential peptides disable the damaging effect of too many free radicals which are caused by unpaired oxygen molecules, causing chaos and dysfunction in the skin.
So, which peptides are best for the skin?
When looking for a peptide, it helps to be clear on what you want to change or improve about your skin. And, if you find the right formula, then your skin will be all the better for it.
You could just start here. Matrxyl 3000!! The queen of peptides. A combination of two peptides.
Matrixyl 3000, is the trademarked name given by to this peptide formula by Sederma and comprises Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Palmitoyl-Oligopeptide.
Sederma has claimed that Matrxyl 3000 is as good as topically applied Vitamin C.
Better than topically applied vitamin C?
Now, let me say this. I’m a big, huge fan of vitamin C topically applied to the skin. So, if the clinical trials stack up, then the two peptides found in Matrxyl 3000 could outperform the naturally occurring version of vitamin C known as L-Ascorbic Acid. For me, that’s a winner!!
But, hold on a minute.
It’s all well and good to make big claims and if there’s evidence to support the claim. Great!! Even so, I’m going to hedge my bets. I’ll always choose to combine my peptides with a nice dose of topically applied vitamin C.
You’ll find many good skincare brands feel the same way and combine vitamin C with peptides.
Combining these peptides with a well-formulated and stable vitamin C, such as Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate will protect the skin’s barrier function. A significant factor as, (along with sun damage) in the skin losing its integrity and showing visible signs of ageing.
Peptides versus Vitamin A?
Another significant and bold statement is the comparison to topical Vitamin A. Up until now, Vitamin A is the only molecule proven to give broad-scale skin rejuvenation, including DNA repair.
Despite all this, is it worth taking heed and introducing peptides into your routine?
Well, yes, even though Matryxl 3000 may provide similar results to vitamin A, there’s no evidence to suggest these peptides can repair the DNA of the cell. Nor can they bring about therapeutic changes to the skin at a cellular level.
Matryxl 3000 is a great ingredient, but not quite a match for the stellar credentials of Retinoic Acid (vitamin A), and it’s derivatives.
Even so, clinical trials demonstrate the potential synergy between vitamin A and Matrixyl 3000.
So, if your goal is to reduce the visible signs of ageing and future-proof your skin then combining Matrixyl 3000 with vitamin A & C, will give you an excellent anti-ageing regimen.
Peptides for anti-ageing.
Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4). Will stimulate collagen synthesis and elastin. Comparable to retinol without the irritation (although, I wouldn’t be without the all-important vitamin A).
Matrixyl 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (also known as Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 or Palmitoyl Tridpeptide 1), and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7). This combination of peptides repairs damaged tissues and support the synthesis of collagen and elastin. This combination is now widely more popular in formulations than its predecessor Matrxyl.
Trylagen (Tripeptide-1&10). Tripeptide-1 is a communicating peptide known to work with copper in the skin. It will repair skin tissue that has begun to deteriorate due to age and sun exposure helping to rebuild the skin. The skin will look and feel smoother and firmer, and Tripeptide 10 inhibits the mallard reaction and reduce the effects of A.G.E.s
Matrixyl Synthe 6 (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38). Smoothes out wrinkles by stimulating constituents of the skin matrix and dermal-epidermal junction (collagen I, II, IV, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid, and laminin 5).
Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8). A peptide alternative to muscle relaxing cosmetic injections that attenuate muscle contraction preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Synake (Dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzyl amide diacetate). A synthetic neuropeptide can mimic the effects of Walgerin 1(a peptide found in snake venom), which acts as a muscle relaxant.
Peptides to encourage hydration.
Diffuporine (Acetyl Hexapeptide-37). Boosts Aquaporin-3 to promote inner hydration mechanism and the exchange of water from the basal layer of the epidermis and to the stratum corneum, improving barrier function, collagen I synthesis and cellular proliferation.
Antioxidant and environment protection.
Thermostressine (Acetyl Tetrapeptide-22) – Helps with cellular stress and increases HSP70 levels to prevent further environmental damage.
B-White (Oligopeptide-68). Reduces MITF (microphthalmia-associated transcription factor), decreasing pigmentation pathways by decreasing tyrosinase activity, melanin synthesis and reduce overall skin pigmentation.
When it comes to combining peptides with other essential nutrients, Environ is a great choice. Here are three products to give you a powerhouse of peptides.
A formula designed to give you a triple complex of peptides to support the synthesis of collagen. This lightweight serum consists of Matrixyl 3000 as well as two other collagen-building peptides known as Matrixyl Synthe 6 and Trylagen.
A peptide formula supported by three botanical root extracts. Helping the skins delicate barrier function to assist in the retention of moisture and down-regulates pigment in the skin.
A specialised peptide treatment for your eyes. A lightweight formula consisting of a proprietary blend of peptides and vitamins A, C and E for skin nutrition.
Matrixyl 3000 will assist in boosting collagen production, while the neuropeptides, Argireline and Synake provide gentle relaxation to the muscles around the eyes responsible for expression and eventually crows feet.
Environ’s Vita-Peptide Eye Gel will give support to the delicate skin around the eye area. With consistent use, it can provide soothing relief giving you a slightly more relaxed appearance around the eyes as well as supporting the delicate skin around the eyes.
An alternative to muscle relaxing injections, Environ Frown Serum combines the neuropeptides Argireline and Synake.
You will achieve better results and enhance product penetration with the use of micro-needling for home use. You are creating tiny channels in the skin to allow efficient penetration of the serum, enabling the neuropeptides to relax the muscle and soften your frown.
If you’d rather not jab your frown into submission, then this product may be a more natural alternative.
See you next time,