When discussing treatments to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, Botox tends to steal the show. But what if there were other facets to wrinkle reduction that didn’t involve injections? Perhaps a more economical option, that left your skin just a little bit smoother with each use. An option that could reduce wrinkles by working in conjunction with the body’s own repair system…and could be used in the comfort of your own home.
Introducing neuropeptides, little amino acid chains that neurons use to communicate with one another. Neuropeptides are naturally occurring in our skin, however they decrease as we age. They can be used to help trigger production of collagen and elastin, which are essential in renewing and repairing skin cells. This is wherein the big appeal lies. Wrinkle injections can prevent facial contraction in specific muscles and the formation of wrinkles over a period of time (3 – 4 months). Neuropeptides, on the other hand, encourage the body’s own cells to revitalize and repair the skin in a way that minimizes muscle contractions that lead to fine lines and wrinkles. In theory neuropeptides work the same way as Botox through inhibiting acetylcholine a neurotransmitter from sending a message to the muscle and preventing movement. The difference is neuropeptides applied topically will only last around 6 -12 hours.
There are several well-recognized neuropeptides in anti-ageing medicine including SNAP-8, which is the most popular in the current market. These leading anti wrinkle neuropeptides can be found in specific eye serums, and applied topically to the face. This 8 amino acid chain creates a peptide that inhibits muscle contraction, therefore reducing the depth of lines and wrinkles on the face due to facial expressions. SNAP-8 lends amazing results in particular to lines in the forehead and eye area.
While neuropeptides are by no means a replacement for wrinkle injections, it definitely has an important role in anti-ageing medicine for maintaining smooth skin. It has the potential to minimize the look of one’s expression lines in between wrinkle injection treatments, as movement slowly starts to return. For none Botox users, it’s an ideal alternative to reducing expression lines without the commitment of wrinkle injections.
So when choosing a corrective eye serum ensure there is an active neuropeptide to see the best results.