With age, expression lines form by repeated action of muscles when you laugh or frown. Since you tend to laugh or frown up to 15,000 times each day, these movements create skin depressions around the eyes, on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the mouth.
A peptide is a chain of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Peptides carry messages from the brain to the body, telling nerves and muscles to perform different functions. Specific peptides may reduce wrinkles by disrupting the nerve signals sent to tense muscle beneath the skin, relaxing the muscle and smoothing the skin. Some peptides are believed to rev up collagen, which firms the skin. Others may help shrink bags under the eyes by improving lymphatic circulation.
Two peptides in particular, matrixyl and argireline, have been shown to visibly reduce the look of deep lines and wrinkles while also promoting healthy skin tone and texture. Matrixyl does this by stimulating collagen, while argireline helps relax facial muscles and discourages formation of new lines.
New ways to use peptides in skin
care are constantly being developed. A glycopeptide, for example, combines the skin-lifting and firming strength of both proteins and polysaccharide carbohydrates sourced from goji berries. This goji glycopeptide forms a mesh to support sagging and wrinkled skin, creating an immediate subtle lifting.
Studies continue to single out peptides as one of the most effective skin regeneration discoveries available. Look for them in serums, lotions, and creams aimed at aging skin.
Reduce lines and wrinkles with Reviva LabsPeptides & More Anti-Wrinkle Cream. The peptide matrixyl can improve wrinkle depth, length, and volume as well as skin roughness. Marine oligopeptides target deeper lines, DMAE firms, coconut endosperm evens texture, and antioxidant vitamins and oils aid absorption.
Smooth even the deepest lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet with Derma eDeep Wrinkle Reverse Eye Crème with Peptides Plus. Matrixyl and argireline, two of the most powerful peptides, smooth lines and wrinkles, while antioxidant Pycnogenol and green tea extract protect and strengthen delicate skin around the eyes.
Buy time with Mineral FusionAge-Defying Treatment Serum. Matrixyl and palmitoyl oligopeptide help stimulate collagen production, which supports skin structure and erases wrinkles. Magnesium, copper, and zinc encourage new cell production and provide antioxidant defense.
Plump wrinkles with MyChelle DermaceuticalsSupreme Polypeptide Cream. This recontouring cream lifts and smooths skin. The latest version of matrixyl called synthe'6 helps reduce wrinkle volume and depth. Proteasyl TP pea peptide helps improve skin's elasticity, increasing overall firmness. Rice peptides improve skin smoothness, while Syn-coll peptide stimulates the skin's natural collagen production.
Minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars while repairing damaged skin with Peter LamasVital Infusion Overnight Age-Defying Facial Treatment. Glycopeptides provide an immediate lift. Acyl-glutathione increases skin elasticity and decreases pore size. Stay-C 50, a stable form of vitamin C, helps stimulate collagen production, while Swiss apple stem cells speed the rate of cell renewal. Overnight Age-Defying Facial Treatment Light offers the same benefits, but caters to sensitive skin.
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Sherrie Strausfogel is the author of Hawaii's Spa Experience: Rejuvenating Secrets of the Islands. Writing about beauty, spas, health, cuisine, and travel, Strausfogel's work has appeared in more than 100 magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, and websites. She is based in Honolulu.