Neuropeptides and The Science of Beauty
Have you ever wondered just what are neurotransmitters and peptides? What do they do, and how do they work? Find out about the science of beauty.
How do Neuropeptides Work?A neurotransmitter is a messenger. It is a chemical in our body that sends information. This is how nerve cells communicate with each other.
Or how a nerve cell communicates with the muscle. Think of a telephone wire, at one end; a signal is sent electronically to the other end.
Our nerves communicate by sending electronic messages. Your brain tells your body to do a task. That information is relayed with a signal to a receptor cell.
Due to the natural aging process, there are times when we do not want a neurotransmitter sent.
For example, when we are out in the summer sun, we squint.
The contractions cause the muscles around our eyes to always flex. The repeated flexing causes crow's feet. If the muscle never flexes, then a wrinkle cannot form.
Muscles that remain relaxed are unable to contract. This reduces the chances of a line or wrinkle forming or from getting worse.
How to stop a neurotransmitter:
1. An enzyme can deactivate the signal by changing it's shaped to not fit in the receptor cell.
Neuropeptides or peptides are strands of amino acids that are messenger proteins. They have been recognized in skincare since the '80s.
They are relatively new and have gained popularity in anti-aging products because they work. There are many types of peptides, and they all work in different ways.
The two most common peptides are Argireline and Matrixyl. When you apply a peptide topically, the effects are incredible. Baby boomers have found that peptides can return your skin to its youthful appearance.
With environmental pollution on the rise, more and more wrinkles are appearing earlier. No one wants to look older than they are. Anti-aging products are a simple solution. Serums are applied topically.
You can either use a spot serum for specific issues like crow's feet. Or use a product designed for your entire face — a must-have a serum with antioxidants such as Vitamin C or powerful age fighters. No matter what you choose, you will be happy with the results.
Argireline, or Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, uses the snare complex to halt wrinkle formation. It curbs the body's ability to release the neurotransmitters. This keeps muscles relaxed and inhibits wrinkles from forming. Matrixyl is a matrikin that help the body signal to boost collagen synthesis.
Growth Factors contain cytokines that signal regeneration. There are also Di-peptides, Polypeptides, Oligopeptides, Pentapeptides, Hexapeptides, and much more than send messages to keep you looking younger. The science of beauty.
Aging is the great equalizer – it affects every human being on the planet, and the multi-billion-dollar beauty care market reflects the worldwide obsession with fighting its effects. The skincare market in the U.S. alone is expected to reach $11 billion by 2018, with an acute focus on safer, more natural products.
The thing about aging is that although it is inevitable, the rate at which you age is entirely controllable by you and your lifestyle choices. Doing a few particular things (or not doing some things) each day can make a significant impact in the long run.
Only 10% of your genetics accounts for how you age – your choices determine 90 %. Awareness of the toxic chemicals in food and other consumer products has grown exponentially over the past several years — our desire to hang onto youth and rid our faces of unsightly signs of aging. Often, the first signs we see include forehead expression lines, crow's feet, laugh lines, dull skin tone, sagging jowls.
Over six million Americans opt for Botox treatments each year, despite the known possible side effects, ranging from temporary droopy eyelids to temporary bruising. While the FDA-approved brand name has minimal side effects when used by a Board-certified Dermatologist, there are unqualified injectors out there using the black market "Botox," which has paralyzed and even killed people as a result of the botulinum toxin spreading.
Fortunately, as people become more conscious of the potential dangers of chemical and surgical beauty treatments, progress also marches on in terms of harnessing nature's power to give aging skin a helping hand. One of the best anti-aging skincare products that can be used at home to boost the skin's appearance and temporarily reduce the visibility of wrinkles is the peptide Argireline.
This substance is made up of a strand of amino acids and is one of the most reliable, trusted anti-aging ingredients on the market today. Even for people who seek in-office Botox injections every three months with their Dermatologist, applying Argireline topically can boost the benefits between treatments.
How Does Argireline Work?
The beauty of this anti-aging peptide is that its mechanism is similar to that of Botox; however, unlike the surgical injections, there are no needles – or time-consuming office visits – required. Argireline works by temporarily preventing the nerves from communicating with the muscles in vulnerable areas of the face – like forehead expression lines and crow's feet.
The anti-aging peptide is typically used in serums or other beauty products and is absorbed into the skin through its surface.
Due to this potent peptide's ability to relax overactive muscles, it has the potential to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by as much as one third. Each individual's results are impacted by skin thickness, however – the more skin ages, the thinner it becomes, and the more easily Argireline is absorbed.
This deeper absorption allows for more thorough muscle relaxation, with an excellent result around the eyes where the skin is the thinnest. Of course, it only works temporarily and is limited by absorption, so it will never work and injectable Botox treatments. But, it sure is a safe and simple option to add to your beauty regimen.
Complete or Complementary Treatment
Amino acid-based peptides are some of the best anti-aging skincare products because they allow results that approach the effectiveness of painful, expensive injections, minus the high cost, and, well, the pain. Argireline makes a great anti-aging treatment option on its own or as a beautifying boost between injections to extend the treatments' life.
Best of all, this ingredient can easily be incorporated into any daily anti-aging skincare routine by merely adding between 3% and 10% to typical beauty products like serums, lotions, and creams and applying this mixture twice a day.
Wish you could minimize those frown lines and crow's feet without the pain and expense of injections? Find out about simple, affordable beauty treatments! Argireline was one of the original products to establish itself as a home wrinkle treatment.
Argireline boasts an activity similar to that of botulinum toxin. Snap-8 is an extended chain version of this neuropeptide, offering even more wrinkle-fighting power in an easy-to-use topical form. Snap-8 works the same way as its parent product, by interrupting the neurotransmitters, causing specific muscles in the face to contract.
The results in a brighter, smoother, healthier look and prevents the expression muscles from over-activating. And it can be used in areas where Botox cannot be used to give your skin a softer and smoother, yet natural, overall look.
There's a good reason these two treatments have earned the nickname "Botox in a bottle." They're simple to use, carry none of the risks of surgical procedures, and cost just a fraction of the price of injections. They still cause relaxation in unsightly expression lines, making them two of the best anti-aging skincare products available on the market today.
Get started today on a pain-free path to a more beautiful face!
About the Author
This article has been reviewed by Dr. Jen Haley, a board-certified dermatologist.
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