The pursuing of youth and beauty is nothing new and has been going on for hundreds of centuries. Almost every woman is bewitched with the idea of being forever young. The temptation is so huge that you can barely resist. After all, growing old and moving towards death is a terrible thing. But have you thought about how to resist or slow the pace of aging? Physical exercise and diet are two important factors, for sure. In addition to these two, scientists have recently specified the role of peptides in anti-aging management.

As we grow old, our skin slows in collagen production and looks loose and unenergetic. Peptides are a kind of naturally occurring amino acids that serve as building blocks of collagen. Therefore, some peptides are made in labs as a skin cream ingredient to stimulate skin growth and repair. And they have shown positive potentials. So in this sense, these anti-aging peptides are also called "cosmetic peptides".

Top 5 anti-aging peptides

According to the rank statistics on livestrong.com, the top 5 anti-aging peptides are: pentapeptides, hexapeptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, copper peptides. They work, in similar or dissimilar way, to either stimulate new collagen growth, reduce wrinkles, or help cure skin. Each type may have its unique advantages. For instance, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 not only reduces the production of inflammation-producing substances but might also act to stimulate skin regeneration. Another example: advantages of hexapeptides is that it is noninvasive and can be applied everywhere on the face.

What’s new for peptides in anti-aging?

Researchers are exploring new, different peptide formulations and their work seems to yield overall improved results. Since the underlying science of these peptides has already been crystalized, what are the future tendency in this regard? First, future efforts need to focus more on how to stabilize the peptides and at the same time inhibit the breakdown of collagen; second, better and more tailored peptide products are expected by the general public.

Besides the peptide therapy, there are other methods that also works for the same purpose of anti-aging. And the major breakthroughs include: CO2 fractional laser therapy, wrinkle injection technology, antioxidants, and vitamin A. Some of these have gained FDA approval.

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