One of the most effective anti-aging ingredients available today is a peptide (actually palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3) formulated under the name Matrixyl that specifically stimulates the production of collagen and repairs damaged DNA. That’s good news for those seeking to keep their skin youthful for the long-term.
More About Peptides
Peptides are made up of amino acids and have the same chemical structure as proteins. In cosmetic products peptides are listed in accordance to how many amino acids they have. For example, dipeptide has two amino acids, tripeptide has, you guessed it, three amino acids, etc.
What is most significant is this: Collagen is the most abundant protein in all mammals and is present in much of our connective tissue. Because of their protein-like structure, peptides are able to stimulate the formation of collagen to aid in the repair of damaged or aging cells. As a cosmetic application, it’s good news for those seeking an anti-aging regimen. In other medical applications, peptide-based products like Matrixyl could be made to treat wounds and enhance stem cell research.
Matrixyl – palmitoyl pentapeptide has five amino acids and is considered one of the most effective peptides for stimulating the production of key elements of the skin’s matrix (collagen, elastin and glycosamnoglycans). Matrixyl 3000 is a more potent version of Matrixyl because it has two peptides that work together to mimic the appearance of broken down collagen, causing the skin to react by producing more collagen, as well as elastin. In fact, a 2013 study found that Matrixyl ‘can nearly double the amount of the protein collagen needed to give skin its elasticity.’
How Matrixyl Works
Peptides, or mini proteins if you prefer, are active molecules that send signals to our cells. When collagen breaks down, it forms specific peptides that signal the skin that it was damaged and needs to make new collagen. So by applying peptides topically, you are essentially tricking the skin into thinking that it has lost collagen recently and needs to make more.
Peptides are powerful and effective, so only a small amount is needed to produce results. If correctly combined and formulated, they have very high biological potency. That means that cosmetic peptide-based products can be obtained with very low quantities. Like all skincare products, Matrixyl is found in numerous formulations. Many manufacturers of anti-aging products incorporate Matrixyl into their formulas and usually combine the ingredient with other anti-wrinkle ingredients. When shopping for products with Matrixyl, look for the recommended dosage of 4% or higher.
In the words of Marta, long-time Truth in Aging blogger, “….A cream with matrixyl really does increase the amount of collagen in your skin! I use the Matrixyl 3000 serum the most. It is a major wrinkle fighting ingredient used as an alternative to Retin A. It increases collagen synthesis up to 350%. It is non-greasy. It dries fast and clear. It is natural and paraben free. It reduces and prevents fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet by increasing skin elasticity. It decreases, treats and prevents dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. It brightens and evens out skin tone and complexion. It visibly hydrates the skin for a younger and more radiant skin.”