Anti-aging treatment: which skincare product should you use on wrinkles?
When it comes to wrinkles, consider an anti-aging cream backed by research: the top anti-aging treatments tackle wrinkles, including the deep forehead wrinkles by targeting that vital component of ageless skin: collagen.
First, a recap: a top anti-aging treatment begins in targeting collagen:
At the core of any anti-aging skincare routine naturally lies collagen, one of the most abundant proteins of the body and skin, providing the matrix that sustains the skin’s structure and strength. A natural protein and a core component of our skin, there are 29 types of collagen including collagen I, III and IV, situated in the dermis (middle layer of skin), essentially functioning as a natural glue. The benefits of collagen are clear: as a vital protein it is at the origin of skin firmness and structure and plays a key role in cell regeneration.
29types of collagen
Collagen production halts the effects of aging skin
The human body naturally produces collagen, but starting from our mid 20s, our natural skin collagen production decreases in quality and quantity.
Forehead wrinkles, facial wrinkles and sagging appear, smoothness and suppleness decrease; the skin ages.
Other factors can also trigger collagen loss and create wrinkles: UV exposure, pollution, tobacco, and stress release inflammatory proteins which break down collagen and inhibit its synthesis.
Applying proteins to the skin in anti-aging products
With the health benefits of a protein-rich diet long-proven, since the late 20th century, skincare specialists have been investigating the results of naturally extracting and applying proteins via cosmetic products to our skin. However, since collagen itself is too large a molecule to be accepted into skin, researchers have had to innovate alternative ways of increasing the skin’s collagen. Proteins, including collagen, are essential amino acids for the entire body. Amino acids are at the root of providing our cells with the necessary energy to function and renew. Our bodies consist of long chains of amino acids, up to 1000 units long. When broken down into smaller chains, of between two to 100 units, we obtain peptides, essentially small fragments of proteins. Small chains of skin peptides function as messenger molecules: when applied to our skin they naturally target specific cells or cell components (DNA) or mechanisms (enzymes) and modulate their activity, with the specific purpose of making our skin look and feel smoother.
The top anti-aging treatments: Peptides in skincare
To create optimal results on the skin, on forehead wrinkles and beyond, it’s important to use an anti-aging treatment containing ingredients which can be absorbed by the skin in order to target wrinkles and a lack of firmness.
Many skin peptides induce the skin to condition and repair itself by simple natural triggering mechanisms. As technology continues to develop, skin peptides have become highly targeted to penetrate the skin to improve collagen content and so the elasticity and appearance of skin.
To improve the appearance of forehead and overall facial wrinkles, you want to look for an anti-aging routine capable of targeting two essential mechanisms :
- The stimulation of the natural synthesis of collagen through boosting fibroblast activity
- Activating the enzymes at the origin of collagen breakdown
Boost collagen in anti-aging skin products
By acting on both, skin collagen will be boosted and aging signs linked to collagen loss are corrected. An anti-aging skincare routine containing skin peptides will penetrate the skin to interact with fibroblasts in the dermis, working on all wrinkles at each life stage. Peptides can be modified to specifically target and restore the skin according to your age, so you will want to choose a skincare product adapted to your own age and skin type.
Peptides continue to be discovered, synthesized, tested and incorporated into cosmetics. They can be found in many different types of formulations, including anti-aging creams, serums and masks.
Hundreds of biologically active peptides have been discovered over the last 50 years; an increasing number of them have found applications in skincare routine in the quest for how to prevent wrinkles.