Peptides are synthetically created chemicals with the ability to penetrate the Dermis. The many different types of Peptides function as cellular communicating ingredients, theoretically they have the ability to tell a skin cell how to look, act and behave better. The first and probably most well known peptide to gain popularity in skincare was Matrixyl, also known as Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3. Overall studies show that Peptides make a significant improvement to fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and skin firmness without irritation or compromising the skin’s natural lipid barrier.
Quite simply, peptides mimic nature’s tissue regenerating processes. They assume the role of messenger and can signal specialised cells in the Dermis (Fibroblasts) to increase the production of:
- Glycosaminogylcans – which are key components of the dermis that give it strength and turgor.
There are many types of Peptides used in skincare products, for example: Palmityoyl Tripeptide-5, Oligopeptides, tetrapeptides, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 – this is marketed as the Botox alternative – but no topical product can stop muscle contraction in the way Botox can! All of these Peptides will have a slightly different way in which they strengthen the dermal matrix.
The Bottom Line on Peptides
These are very worthy ingredients to look for in any anti-ageing product you may choose, just make sure there is enough of them in the product. Check the ingredients list and make sure that your peptide ingredient is halfway or above in the ingredient list, this is normally reflected in the price. They are also a good choice for sensitive skins, who cannot tolerate Retinol or AHA’s. They won’t work miracles, but used regularly you will see excellent cumulative results and keep your skin in good condition – try applying after using a Derma Roller for extra penetration and results.
My Top Peptide Products
- Jan Marini Transformation Cream
- Jan Marini Age Intervention Peptide Extreme
- Dermalogica Power Rich
- O2 Intraceuticals Line Wand