May 22, 2013
Uncovering the Truth About Peptides
If you have done your homework about anti-aging treatments, you know that there are very few ingredients that will stimulate the growth of collagen and actually reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your complexion. Without an injection, the most effective way to achieve results is to use a product with a high concentration of peptides. If you haven’t heard of peptides, now is the time to become educated because they will revolutionize the way you deal with wrinkles and fine lines and are proven to bring results.
What are Peptides?
In simple terms, peptides are chemical bonds formed by amino acids. These are formed naturally in the body, but the kinds found in face and eye creams have been formed synthetically. As you age, the rate at which your skin produces collagen decreases and what are called elastin fibers deteriorate. This deterioration happens because there is a reduction in communication between the dermis, or inner layer of skin, and the epidermis, or outer layer. Peptides use their bonding properties to link these two layers, and in this way, synthetically recreate the body’s repairing mechanism and help it to produce more skin tissue.
How Do I Know if My Wrinkle Cream Contains Peptides?
In a realm where caprylic triglyceride is actually just coconut oil, it is challenging to know what is really in your wrinkle cream. Fortunately, peptides are fairly easy to spot. Look for the word “peptide” hiding in a longer phrase such as Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 or Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. The more the better.
Why so Many Different Types of Peptides?
Each peptide complex functions in slightly different ways. They are most effective when used together, with a combination of at least three different peptides. This is because aging is not a process that can be undone in one action. Skin-care specialist Valentina Chistova says that “some [peptides] relax facial wrinkles while others help increase collagen production which can plump up fine lines and wrinkles.” Let’s take a closer look at some of the most commonly used peptides and see how they work.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 is designed to protect the skin against tissue damage resulting from inflammation by suppressing the body’s production of interleukins (the chemical messengers that trigger inflammation), which damage collagen. As we mentioned, a decrease in collagen leads to wrinkles as well as sagging, loss of youthful contours and uneven skin tone. This peptide does not stimulate collage growth, per se, but it fights the factors that lead to collagen deterioration.
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 reduces the appearance of wrinkles by absorbing deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen production in the dermis. If your wrinkle cream contains high concentrations of Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, you can expect to see drastic improvement in the skin’s cell production and a reduction of wrinkle depth.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide causes skin tissue regeneration by stimulating collagen, elastin and glucosaminoglycans production and thickening the epidermis. This reduces wrinkles and improves skin tone and texture. Skin thins as it ages, which makes it more susceptible to wrinkling and folding. Thickening of the skin is also one of the only ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite, so sometimes companies will use agents such as Palmitoyl Oligopeptide in body creams designed to improve skin texture.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 relaxes wrinkles. Like Botox, it blocks nerve signals sent to facial muscles and smoothes wrinkles by relaxing tense muscles. These muscles form deep lines of expression, which make wrinkles deeper and deeper, and increasingly difficult to treat.
Tripeptide GHK is a copper peptide that reduce the formation of scar tissue, sun damage and sunspots, while also stimulating your skin to produce normal cells. This creates firmer, younger looking skin, improving texture by tightening the skin and improving its elasticity.
Peptides are an amazing breakthrough as an ingredient in anti-aging creams and serums. In fact, they are the single most effective ingredient, especially when present in high concentrations and quantities.