What are Peptides in Skin Care?

Peptides in Skin care ingreditents
Example of Peptide ingredients in a popular skin care product by MyChelle Dermaceuticals LLC. mychelle.com

Peptides are currently the most important skincare ingredient in the fight against wrinkles. Today skin care labs are increasingly coming up with novel ways to keep visible signs of aging at bay and scientific studies can back up the case for peptides. In this post  and the following posts we take a look at peptides in popular skin care products on the market today.

A look at Terms used on Product labels

In the example above from a skin care product by MyChelle Dermaceuticals LLC we see the words “Tripeptide-5” and “Tripeptide-38”  The word tripeptide means the peptide has thee amino acids.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 is one of the ingredients listed above and is used in a various anti-aging skin care products because of its ability to communicate with skin cells and boost collagen production. Young-looking, firm skin depends on collagen production, and as our skin gets ages,  collagen production slows down.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 – also sold by the brand Sederma under the trade name MATRIXYL synthe’6. Its purpose is to improve appearance of skin fine lines, and wrinkles such as on the forehead and crow’s feet. In-vitro studies have shown that palmitoyl tripeptide-38 can promote the formation of several proteins and collagen in the skin.

More in our next post…