Palmitoyl Tripeptides 1:
What is Palmitoyl Tripeptide - 1?
A peptide is two or more amino acids joined together and is the building block of protein. Peptides fall into three main categories: signal peptides, carrier peptides, and those that inhibit nerve signals. Signal peptides act as messengers to cells thereby trigger collagen synthesis, which then increases skin firmness.
Palmitoyl tripeptide-1 is a small three amino acid signal peptide with the amino sequence of glycine-histidine-lysine (GHK). GHK is attached to palmitic acid (a fatty acid) to increase its skin penetration and oil solubilty. Applying palmitoyl tripeptide – 1 directly to your skin, tells the cells to make more collagen, stimulating new collagen production. It requires at least 1 month or more to begin to see visible changes from new collagen with maximum results visible after 3-4 months.
Erin Gilbert, MD, FAAD, Ph.D., and board-certified dermatologist and neuroscientist, continues: "Peptides can be included in serums, moisturizers, and masks," Gilbert explains. "They are also included in some topical serums used after micro-needling or superficial laser procedures to increase the penetration of the peptide and help the skin recover from the procedure."
The Key Benefits of Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1
- Firms the skin and aids in collagen production: As we age, collagen in the skin breaks down into peptides which send signals to skin cells, informing them to make more collagen to replace what was lost. Topical application of peptides increases this signalling, thereby increasing new collagen production.
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines: By stimulating collagen production, peptides help to make the skin appear more plump and youthful.
- Strengthens skin barrier: Peptides increase cell activity and repair the skin’s natural barrier function of retaining water and protecting the body against foreign substances.
- Locks in hydration: As you age, collagen production declines and over time, collagen level in the skin decrease. Collagen aids the skin in retaining moisture, hence the loss of collagen also causes dehydration in the skin. When peptides help boost collagen production, it also boosts hydration in the skin.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties: Antioxidants found in peptides help calm and soothe your skin, leading to less inflammation.
- Smooths out complexion: With upped collagen production comes clearer, more even skin, too.