What types of peptides are there? In their simplest form, peptides work as transmitters. Such signal peptides are most commonly used in skin care because they increase the skin’s firmness, resistance, and elasticity. An example of these signal peptides is palmitoyl pentapeptide, which is very common. It is responsible for increasing collagen types I and IV as well as glycosaminoglycan. This collagen trickes the skin into thinking that it has destroyed too much collagen during natural cell breakdown and rebuilding. This triggers the skin to produce even more collagen. So-called carrier peptides, which are responsible for the transport of active ingredients, are also important. Copper tripeptide -1 is an active ingredient of this type. It supports the production of collagens and also acts as a free radical scavenger. These arise, for example, during extensive sunbathing or excessive stress. Neuropeptides are found in nerve tissue. They serve as messenger substances for the muscles. In doing so, they inhibit the release of neurotransmitters in the skin.
Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-3) is an externally applicable alternative to the Botox injection, minimizing wrinkles and furrows with regular use. Enzyme-modulating peptides block the function of key enzymes in the metabolic process. They prevent the breakdown of the capillary walls and promote the skin’s immune defense. A peptide mix called Eyeliss prevents swelling of the tissue and permanently stimulates the tightening of the skin. These types of peptides are classified by many independent bodies, such as the Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie (GD), as recommended anti-aging active ingredients and are therefore widely used in modern cosmetics and skin care products. We have to say that the functional principle of boosters convinces us more and more. They are highly concentrated substances that can primarily be added to other care products. Of course, you can also use them pure, but then it is not so economical and efficient – because they are usually a tad more expensive due to the high concentration of active ingredients. After the niacinamide booster from Paula’s Choice fully convinced us, we really wanted to try out the peptide booster from the same manufacturer, which was introduced a few months ago.
The composition of the booster is characterized by 8 different peptides, supplemented by amino acids, antioxidants and natural extracts. There are so many of them in it that we asked ourselves before using it whether the booster didn’t have too many ingredients. That, in turn, would be counterproductive, because you wouldn’t be able to assess which active ingredient works well with your skin type and which one might even cause intolerance. However, these concerns have turned out to be unfounded. The peptides contained take on different tasks by improving the cell communication of the skin and thereby activating other natural skin functions. Palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl hexapeptide-12 are responsible for improving the moisture balance (anti-wrinkle effect). Myristoyl hexapeptide-16 and myristoyl pentapeptide-17 improve skin elasticity and also have an anti-inflammatory effect. Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 supports natural skin renewal and thereby smooths the complexion. Azelaoyl Dipeptide-10 inhibits melanin production and thereby works against excessive skin pigmentation. The aim of this peptide complex is a finer complexion with fewer lines and less hyperpigmentation as well as strengthening the skin barrier and maintaining the natural moisture balance.
From our point of view, the peptide booster is the most effective peptide skin care product that the beauty market currently offers. You really only need a few drops of it – mixed with a good skin care cream or serum – to enrich these products with effective peptides. Of course, you shouldn’t expect the peptide booster to turn a 3-euro day cream from the drugstore into a super duper anti-aging product. But the chances are good that it will definitely improve its effects. And take an already high-quality moisturizer as a base. You can turn it into a high-quality and above all highly effective anti-aging product by adding booster. P.S. Incidentally, the peptide booster from Paula’s Choice goes very well with retinol. In this case, we would recommend using the booster before applying the retinol-containing product. Please don’t forget that retinol makes the skin more sensitive to light. Permanent UV protection is a must in this case! Foxbrim is an American cosmetics manufacturer that mainly deals with the topic.