Ingredient Spotlight: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3

Ingredient Spotlight: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3

By: bmbAdmin | 17 Dec 2012

Each month we would like to feature an ingredient used in our products and explain how it works and why we use it. This month we’re featuring Pamitoyl Pentapeptide-3. Just to confuse everyone this peptide also goes by 2 other common names Pamitoyl Pentapeptide-4 or its trademarked name Matrixyl.

What is a peptide?

To understand what a peptide is you need to understand collagen and what it does for your skin. Your skin is mostly made of collagen. The more collagen your skin has the tighter, smoother, less wrinkled your skin appears. As you get older the collagen in your skin begins to break down, this is what forms the wrinkles in your skin. As the collagen breaks down it produces amino acids, these are known as peptides which send message relays to your body letting it know it needs to produce more collagen.

Peptides in use

You undoubtedly have noticed that many anti-aging products use peptides, in fact you may be confused by the amount of peptides there are on the market. The bottom line is they use them because when a peptide is applied topically to your skin, it tricks the skin into thinking there has been a breakdown in collagen and it need to produce more. This helps stave off the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Why this specific peptide?

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 is considered a must use in anti-aging regimen products because it has the best track record of stimulating the development of collagen, elastin, and other components which moisturize and support the dermal matrix. It also has been shown to not cause any adverse side effects, making it as effective as retinol, but less irritating.

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 is only one of the ingredients used in our formulations, but it is one of many reasons our anti aging bio cellulose facial masks are so effective.

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