Anti Aging Skin Treatment: Collagen and Peptides

June 25th, 2013 No comments

Protecting your skin from outside factors by wearing sunscreen and developing a healthier lifestyle can helps, but time marches on no matter what you do. Consequently, whatever anti aging technique or strategy you use must suit your own skin issues, choosing the one that best address your own skin rejuvenation necessities.

If your skin stops producing collagen, this contributes to skin strength and elasticity. Degradation of skin leads to wrinkles that accompany aging. Though many skin care products tout the fact that they contain collagen, the fact is that collagen is too large to be assimilated directly through the skin.

Collagen is a fibrous protein occurring in bone, cartilage and connective tissue. It’s a major structural protein, forming molecular cables that strengthen the tendons and vast, resilient sheets that support the skin and internal organs. Each cell of our body has collagen. Collagen acts as the crucial support structure in tissues around which cells live and function. For example, bones and teeth are made by adding mineral crystals to collagen.

However, collagen production can be stimulated by peptides, chains of amino acids that are found naturally in the body. Stimulation by peptides makes possible to slow down the effects of aging and diminish facial wrinkles. That is why skin care products that contain peptides are the most effective anti-aging skin care treatments.

Peptides are simple proteins made up of only a few amino acids and they are often no more than digested proteins and most of them can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream without digestion or breakdown into individual amino acids. In the most of the cases, peptides work as neurotransmitters and as natural pain relieving substances in the brain.

The peptides used as skin care ingredients in wrinkle creams have communication properties and help acting as messengers at the cellular level. As messengers, these peptides can send signals that help stimulate the synthesis of collagen. It is because of collagen production stimulation that the use of peptides is considered one of the most effective anti aging treatment.

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This month’s Featured Article: Effectively treating Hyperpigmentation

February 19th, 2013 No comments

Hyperpigmentation is one of the most difficult challenges skin health professionals face. The broad and varied base of patients that seek treatment for this frustrating condition make it necessary for the clinician to have a deep understanding of its etiology. Outstanding and consistent results can be achieved by approaching treatment from two angles: topical treatment and patient education. Ensure that the professional treatments you perform and the daily care products you recommend address the melanogenesis process at multiple points. Be certain you take the time to properly educate each patient about their role in the success or failure of their treatment outcome. Doing these things will lead to the fast, dramatic results both you and your client desire.

What happens in the skin

Hyperpigmentation is the deposit of melanin (pigment) due to a process called melanogenesis. This process encompasses the production of pigment and its duplication in the skin. It is the end result of inflammatory insults. Regardless of the source of the inflammation—UV exposure, hormonal triggers or cutaneous inflammation, such as heat or trauma—this activity of the melanocytes is designed to protect the skin cells’ DNA from damage and mutation.
After the initial inflammatory response or hormonal fluctuation, the melanocyte’s stimulating hormone is released. Within the melanocyte, a chain of events is then triggered:
• The enzyme tyrosinase is released
from the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER).
• Tyrosinase acts on the amino acid tyrosine
to convert it to L-DOPA.
• Tyrosinase then binds with copper and acts on the L-DOPA, converting it to DOPAquinone.
• DOPAquinone stimulates the release of melanin, which is packaged into melanosomes.
• These melanosomes are transported along the dendrites (arms) of the melanocyte and transferred into the keratinocyte, creating an umbrella-like pattern to protect the DNA within the cell, resulting in hyperpigmentation.

Types of hyperpigmentation

UV-induced hyperpigmentation is a result of UV exposure and can be caused by the sun, tanning beds and fluorescent and ambient lighting. It is identifiable by its appearance as diffused spots that are evenly distributed around the face. This type of hyperpigmentation can also be referred to as actinic hyperpigmentation.
Hormonally induced hyperpigmentation is typically referred to as melasma, and it is caused by hormone fluctuations. The term melasma comes from the Greek word “melas,” which means black. It is commonly associated with a fluctuation of hormones (pregnancy, oral contraceptives, thyroid dysfunction, menopause or hormone replacement therapy), and will worsen with UV exposure. It typically appears as large symmetrical patches with jagged borders that form around the jawline, upper lip, cheeks and forehead. The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but it is widely believed to be a result of an increase in the formation and distribution of melanosomes (packets of melanin pigment) among the keratinocytes, along with increased branching of melanocytic dendrites. Research also indicates that the elevated estrogen levels that result from pregnancy and birth control pills increase both the number of melanocytes and the activity of tyrosinase. Conversely, studies indicate that the androgen dominance that occurs during menopause is responsible for an increase in tyrosinase activity.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a result of skin irritation, inflammation or abrasion. It is identified as a darkened area left behind at the sites of trauma. It is common in patients fighting acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema, and can also be caused by bug bites.
Regardless of the cause or type of hyperpigmentation you are working to treat, there are four common strategies that must be followed: gently exfoliate the skin, increase cell turnover, inhibit melanogenesis and protect the skin from UV exposure and other inflammatory insults. There are multiple ways to achieve each of these goals, but when creating treatment plans you must employ multiple products in the professional setting, as well as in the patient’s daily care regimen. There simply is not one single “miracle product” that will clear and prevent this common condition.

Benefits of superficial chemical peels

The melanin deposited in the skin due to hyperpigmentation will appear darker to the naked eye as it rises toward the stratum corneum on its way to being shed. Part of a successful treatment plan is to remove these darker impacted cells to keep the appearance of the pigmented area to a minimum—even as you are working to increase cell turnover and lift deeper pigment to the surface. It is wise to perform a superficial peel twice a week to keep the unwanted pigment from re-depositing onto the surface. Although this is a normal way of lifting pigment, a better way is to gently remove the stratum corneum before it has a chance to become visibly darker to the patient. They will likely be happier and remain more compliant with your predetermined plan if you follow this method.
Because inflammation is the direct trigger of hyperpigmentation, gentle exfoliation is crucial. If aggressive methods are employed, the condition will worsen rather than improve. Avoid high percentage straight acid peels and any mechanical methods, like harsh scrubs or loofahs. It is important to make your hyperpigmentation patients aware of this so that they are not inadvertently undoing the positive progress you help them achieve by irritating their skin at home.

Proven melanogenesis inhibition

Because melanogenesis is a process with many interconnected reactions, effective treatment is achieved by using topicals that contain ingredients that are proven to interrupt melanin production at multiple points.

• Retinoids, such as retinoic acid, retinol and retinaldehyde inhibit tyrosinase to suppress hyperpigmentation, enhancing cell turnover. Retinol is typically used in cosmeceutical preparations, as it is successfully converted to retinoic acid within the skin. This is especially important for patients with sensitive skin, as prescription retinoic acid can be highly stimulating on some skin types. This overstimulation could instigate melanogenesis.
• Azelaic acid inhibits tyrosinase activity and suppresses the proliferation of melanocytes.
• Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) used in skin care for treating skin hyperpigmentation. Studies have shown glycolic acid to be the most effective fruit acid for cosmetic application. It has the smallest molecular structure of all AHAs, thus possesses the greatest penetration potential. Inside the cell, it stimulates the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis, improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other forms of sun damage.

Avoiding UV-induced damage

Daily use of broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of at least 30 is critical for all patients throughout the year. It is especially important for those fighting hyperpigmentation, as the inflammation resulting from UV exposure is a direct cause of melanogenesis. As a result of new sunscreen labeling regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, products can only be labeled “broad spectrum” after passing a rigorous critical wavelength test, so it is now easier to identify effective sunscreens.

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January 8th, 2013 No comments


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What is a wrinkle?

November 12th, 2012 No comments

Today, we dedicate our blog to talk about one of the biggest skin-related concerns for women: Wrinkles.

We’ve all heard the clichés: Wrinkles are a roadmap of your life. But many of us would rather not be reminded of the distance we’ve traveled. A wrinkle is definitely the skin blemish most dreaded by women. The appearance of the first wrinkle, when they reach about 30 years of age, is often perceived as the unfair ravages of age. The mirror and the way others look at them lead women to try to treat and hide the marks of time. What solutions are available for dealing with this new enemy?
Should a “lazy“ skin be woken up? Does it need moisturising or nourishing?

A dermatologist is often required to inform a difficult choice amongst the multitude of products available. Differences between women in the way their skin ages and the acceleration of this process in response to sunshine and other life-style factors have made anti-wrinkle products an essential basic for all age-groups.

What is a wrinkle?
A fold in the skin caused by age or weight loss; “a small ridge or furrow on a surface, a crease” is the dictionary definition. Histological studies of wrinkles have revealed a series of major changes: the turnover of cells is slower and their ability to synthesise the supporting fibres is diminished. It has now been established that the skin gets thinner with age, that the sinusoidal dermo-epidermal interface gets flatter and this reduces the area of exchange interface between the dermis, which supplies the nutrients (it contains blood capillaries), and the epidermis. The quality of the epidermis also depends on that of the interface between this layer and the dermis. The loss of adhesion between these two structures, which is normally provided by collagen IV (a multi-sheet structure or basal layer) and collagen VII (anchored to the sheets structure), results in deficiencies in nutritional exchanges and a slowing of the circulation of the messengers that promote neo-synthesis processes (biologie moléculaire de la cellule, 1994). Paradoxically, mature skin contains more elastin (Tsuji et al., 1987 & Roelandts, 1994). Collagen is less efficiently replaced and this leaves empty spaces, which are gradually filled by nodules of elastin. The accumulation of these degraded elastic fibres (fragmented, calcified, excessive lipid content) implies a loss of the skin’s resistance to stretching with age(Robert, 1997).

What are we doing?
With more than with over 30 years of expertise in science & product achievements and a team of more than 25 European researchers were looking for a suitable treatment, which could stimulate the natural reconstitution of the mesh of the connective tissue by its action on the fibroblasts. The outcome of this development process is MATRISKIN. The anti-aging concept is based on very effective actives. The formulas are technically very sophisticated; that leads to pleasant textures and reflects the benefits of our actives. Our products answer to the biological needs of mature skins and also to consumers’ requests. MATRISKIN improves significantly firmness and tone of the skin.

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September 17th, 2012 No comments

Today we want to focus our post to one of the most famous components lately in the field of dermo-aesthetic: hyaluronic acid.

In 1934 the German chemist Karl Meyer and his colleague John Palmer, from Columbia University (New York), discover the hyaluronic acid, but it was not until 1996 when it started being used in cosmetics. Hyaluronic acid is a natural constituent present in the human body. Its presence is concentrated in the joints, cartilage tissues and skin, being primarily responsible for its hydration. Over the years, the amount of hyaluronic acid begins to decrease and the skin loses its ability to retain water, resulting in the first fine lines, which later will turn into wrinkles.

Today it is one of the most famous components in anti-aging treatments and creams, used both in creams and in oral cosmetic treatments; and also in noninvasive medicine as a wrinkle filler injectable.

Hyaluronic acid creams give back to the skin this component which was lost over the years, encouraging hydration, filling in lines and wrinkles and ultimately rejuvenating the skin.

Do you know the 2% Hyaluronic Acid of Matriskin? Visible results since the first use.;

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September 7th, 2012 No comments

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August 30th, 2012 No comments

Today we dedicate the blog to our new customers in Mexico:

The French skincare line MATRISKIN has finally arrived in the US, introducing extraordinary results thanks to its innovative ingredients, carefully selected and combined in order to restore all the properties that skin looses over the years.

The exclusive formula of MATRISKIN products sets itself apart from other products in the market because its produces immediate results due to its preventive, curative, and stabilizing properties.

The MATRISKIN technology combines two patented molecules, polysaccharides and ceramides, obtained through cutting-edge biotechnological processes. The result of this unique combination is an extensive range of products that fortify the protective function of the skin and restructure its many cell layers.

Matrsikin is a Comosceutical Skin Care Line. Cosmeceuticals refers to the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients purporting to have medical or drug-like benefits.

The bioactive ingredients used in cosmeceuticals have benefits beyond the traditional moisturizer.

We hope that all Mexicans begin to enjoy our products, any additional information you wish to be happy to serve you in:

Welcome and see you soon!

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August 16th, 2012 No comments

We all know that natural products like vitamins act on behalf of our health and beauty. In Matriskin we are aware of it, so today we want to emphasize our very special 5% VITAMIN C SERUM.

Vitamin C is the ultimate antioxidant active, it strengths skin defenses and stimulates its regeneration.

This wonderful vitamin, which is present in our Serum at a 5% concentration, benefits our skin by:

1)    Neutralizing the action of free radicals and stopping skin aging caused by UV rays and environmental pollution.

2)    Clarifying dark spots on the skin, bringing brightness and smoothness to the skin, thanks to its de-pigmenting action.

3)    Improving skin’s structure, tone and brightness, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It provides brightness allowing the skin to regain its vitality.

4)    Acting as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps fighting acne.

5)    Nourishing and stimulating skin cells and regenerating skin structure in all layers.

Have you already tested these results on your skin?

Take advantage of Matriskin’s discounts: buying one 5% Vitamin C Serum (Buy Now), get a NO-PAD for free… Get gorgeous with Matriskin

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August 9th, 2012 No comments


Today, we focus our post in the relationship between a healthy and beautiful face and the food we eat.

What we eat makes a big difference not only in how we feel, but also on how we look. With a rich diet in essential nutrients, you will achieve healthy skin.

The basic nutrients that we must include in our diet are:

-       Vitamin A: It helps renewing the skin. It is found in foods like eggs, liver and dairy products.

-       Vitamin B: It is involved in the processes of cell renewal. It is present in most plant foods: vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, etc…

-       Vitamin C: It is a great antioxidant and it improves the production of collagen, an important protein to maintain healthy and wrinkle free skin. It is found in fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, oranges, lemons, green peppers…

-       Vitamin E: It has a strong antioxidant effect and prevents the accumulation of free radicals. It is found in olive oil, green leafy vegetables and nuts.

If you want to enjoy a healthy and beautiful skin, eat a balance diet avoiding saturated fats. Try eating raw vegetables and fruits, whole grains, grilled meats, etc…

It is also essential to stay hydrated drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and not abusing sun exposure.

If we complement the above with the appropriate products (Matriskin) suitable to you skin type, our face will look delightful!

See you Soon, Matriskin

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Matriskin and I….by Raquel Perera

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

Today I have decided to be the person who, on this occasion enters our weekly post, as I want to share with you all, how Matriskin products came to me and how nowadays they are part of my life and my daily routine:

Until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to skin care, I didn’t use any creams and felt great skepticism towards the entire universe of cosmetics.

One day, few small spots appeared on my face, then I began to investigate and became interested in finding products that could help to cure a skin condition like the one I had. This is when I came across Matriskin, the French line of dermocosmetics that I distribute today.

Those spots disappeared from my face. I researched more about the brand and realized that Matriskin makes up a range of unique products with high concentrations of active ingredients. Next, I thought that just as Matriskin had helped me, it could help other people with various skin conditions, so I decided to distribute the brand in America and Spain.

As I have found myself, skin care doesn’t require much money or time, all it requires is perseverance; we all can learn to be consistent, it’s all about starting, and soon we will see the beauty that lies behind our skin.

In my Matriskin routine, 5 premises:

2 times a week Osmopell Mask, which softens the stains, revitalizes the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Every day, 5% Vitamin C Serum: it prevents the appearance of wrinkles, removes stains and brightens the skin; Hyaluronic Acid Gel, one of my favorites: facelift without going under the knife! NO-PAD eye contour: a miracle anti bags; And finally High Performance Cream, which keeps my skin hydrated.

Caring for our skin with the appropriate products is essential, but we must never forget that true beauty is constructed through a healthy and balanced lifestyle, a harmonious mood and an optimistic and positive vision of everything around us. This is the only way our inner state will reflect positively on our outside.

See you soon!

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