Pentapeptides and Neuropeptide Ingredients
Most new anti-wrinkle treatments and anti-aging creams
contain compounds called pentapeptides. These small groups
of long chain amino acids function as chemical messengers
throughout the body.
Peptides, previously recognised in their role to heal
tissue, are now respected in antiaging creams for their
ability to encourage cells in the skin to produce more
collagen. Where collagen injections are used to replace
lost collagen, peptide based products work in the same
way over a longer period to assist the skin to produce
more collagen. The advantage of this longer process is
that it is ongoing, whereas, collagen injections need
to be done every 6 months.
Two types of pentapeptids, palmitoyl pentapeptide and
acetyl hexapeptide [argireline] simulate the simultaneous
effect of both a collagen shot and a Botox injection.
Botox works by destroying a protein
involved in the release of a neurotransmitter that would
otherwise keep a muscle tense, allowing a wrinkle to form.
By stopping the tensing motion and relaxing the muscle,
the wrinkle seems to disappear.
Argireline complex blocks the action
of the protein rather than destroying it as Botox does.
Instead, it keeps the protein from connecting to the cell
and turning on the muscle contraction.
Neuropeptide products are different from other effective
antiaging skin care treatments. A peptide is simply a
small protein which is made up of amino acids. As a powerful
neuron communicator, Neuropeptides and peptides mediate
inflammation, a major chronic skin condition. Because
of their success, they have found their way into antiaging
Well known neuropeptides include:
Palmitoyl pentapeptide – following use of Strivectin-SD
by doctors for stretch mark and scar removal
Argiriline [acetyl hexapeptide-3] works similar to Botox;
reducing the muscle’s ability to tense and form
deep lines of expression. Argireline™ is the most
recommended and effective alternative to Botulinum Toxin
Other neuropeptide variants are currently being developed.
VC-PMG (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) has been shown
in studies to be a very stable form of vitamin C that
is rapidly absorbed through the skin. It helps: 1) lighten
blemished skin, 2) form collagen, 3) retard formation
of melanin and is 4) free radical scavenger for oxygen.
It also has a lightening effect on blemished skin.
Upon application to the skin, antioxidants in liposome
membranes replenish depleted antioxidants and protect
the skin from gradual damage that leads to the appearance
Hydroxyprofisiland-C is a double collagen booster. It
is one of the newest ingredients to be introduced into
the United States from France. This amazing ingredient
helps to regenerate elastin to give back to the skin some
elasticity and thus to suppress, diminish or to prevent
wrinkles, and to prevent the signs of aging.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring
compound nutrient, and is beneficial to the body both
internally and externally. Sulphur is an important element
in the formation and good health of skin.