From Cleopatra’s use of sour milk baths to exfoliate her skin to the use of sheep placenta by the Ancient Chinese as an old age treatment, mankind has long waged a war against the ravages of time on the human body. But while these ancient societies and icons had an abundance of creative ways to maintain a youthful appearance, they lacked our modern day knowledge of science and biology. One of the most promising developments in the area of anti-aging treatments is the use of peptides. But what are peptides and how do they help in nourishing, revitalizing and firming of skin? Here is some useful information about this exciting compound.
What are peptides?
Peptides are a compound of two or more amino acids in which a carboxyl group of one is united with an amino group of another. Put more simply they are small proteins. Inside the body some act like hormones while others act like neurotransmitters. Outside the body some peptides, such as SNAP-8, work to make the skin look less wrinkled and worn. Five peptide types that are used alone or in combination in most anti-aging creams are: Pentapeptides, Hexapeptides, Pamitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Copper Peptides. Peptides are the chief component of the age defying products we carry.
How do Peptides help aging skin?
Research has shown that the following peptides may have the corresponding role in maintaining youthful appearing skin.
- Pentapeptides may stimulate collagen production in the lower layers of the skin, increasing skin firmness.
- Hexapeptides relaxes facial muscles and this, in turn diminishes fine lines present in aging skin.
- Pamitoyl Oligopeptide reportedly promotes new collagen production in the skin.
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 is reported to help regenerate skin molecules.
- Copper Peptides are believed to accelerate wound healing and to enhance skin regeneration.
At Apothederm, we believe in a multi-tiered approach to combating aging skin. That is why we carry our Firming Serum, Hydrating Eye Cream, Moisturizing Cream and Moisturizing Cleanser all designed to give you noticeable results as you fight back against aging skin. We suggest you add them as part of your skin care regimen with the knowledge that we keep up-to-date on all the available scientific research. Finally, in our modern world we are lucky to benefit from treatments that were not available to Cleopatra or to the Ancient Chinese. Not only can most people benefit from peptides, they can also read about clinical studies which show that the majority of the participants using our products report firmer skin and fewer wrinkles. In some cases these results are reported to have occurred in mere weeks. Feel confident that we are starting to win in the fight against aging skin.