Let Me Tell You What Matrixyl Can Do For Your Skin?
Professor Karl Lintner gave the world Matrixyl over 10 years ago, with Sederma launching a product after 2 years in development and clinical trials. After so long you’d think the beauty industry would have moved on to the next fad, but Matrixyl is still here and it’s still relevant simply because it works. Scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles, improve the skin’s texture and produce collagen, it’s youth juice in a bottle.
The original formula may have been tweaked, improvements made, ingredients added but the essential long chain amino acids known as peptides remain the key factor.
But what is Matrixyl, how does it work and what are the benefits for my skin? I’m no scientist but I do want to know what I’m putting on my face and I don’t want to waste money on products that make outrageous claims so here are my findings for you.
Skin is mostly made up of the protein collagen; it’s the structural support or foundation of our skin that provides support and suppleness. Young people have lots of collagen, their skin is smooth and taut, but as we age collagen is destroyed and not replaced. Matrixyl was designed to stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen; it works by prompting a response in our skin cells and different peptides can trigger different messages. Think of it a bit like a key and a lock. The structure of the peptide (or key) determines its function (or the lock it fits). There are three products containing Matrixyl; the original formula, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe 6. Neither one is particularly better than the other, they just stimulate different cellular responses in the skin.
Matrixyl 3000 contains a combination of different peptides and it’s the synergy between them that unlocks benefits for our skin.
Our skin’s natural repair mechanism can detect a breakdown in collagen and will react by releasing interleukins to mediate inflammation and replenish collagen more vigorously. It’s a good thing and it’s how we heal from wounds, and why young skin looks so plump, tight and firm; but because we lose the ability to produce collagen with age, high levels of interleukins can eventually lead to faster degradation of the skin.
So, Palmitoyl Peptides to the rescue!
The addition of Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 reduces the production of interleukins, molecules that promote inflammation as part of the body’s natural defences, but ultimately lead to loss of elasticity in the skin and the appearance of wrinkles.
After the age 35, hormone levels begin to drop, and significant levels of interleukins are found in the skin even when there is no stimulus for inflammation. The results are slow regeneration, loss of firmness and the potential for healing.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 inhibits the release of interleukins by up to 40%, reducing inflammation and the aging process, while helping skin regenerate.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 is composed of the same fatty acids found in our skin, making absorption very easy. It signals skin cells to promote collagen and, when applied topically on the skin, will improve its quality of tone and firmness, reducing wrinkles over time.
Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 works synergistically with the others, offering much the same results as retinoid but without the side effects. This peptide does not cause the redness, stinging, peeling and itching associated with retinoid. It significantly increases the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin. The result is an improved skin tone from maximum regeneration with increased elasticity and firming. Researchers at the University of Reading found that Matrixyl nearly doubled the amount of protein collagen needed to give skin its elasticity.
The low down!
According to Sederma, the results of a clinical study of women, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl 3000, deep wrinkles were reduced by 45%, and the skin’s muscle tone increased by nearly 20%. Basically, this stuff works ladies and ermmm, Gents!
Phew… ok science over! I got a bit carried away there, so here’s the low down in simple terms. Matrixyl 3000 combines the peptides that mimic the appearance of broken down collagen, causing skin to produce more collagen and elastin because the peptide specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair. So basically, if you're concerned about aging skin, you want this powerfully firming skin care ingredient in your life, well on your skin. That's why we chose ‘Angel Face’ as the name for our Matrixyl 3000 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, because that is exactly what you're going to get!