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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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.

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June 22nd, 2012 No comments


Face masks, used with appropriate frequency, offer excellent results. Usually, masks contain higher amounts of actives than daily creams we use often. The recommended frequency of use of masks is from 2 to 3 times a week, in order to benefit the skin in the long term.

Once the skin is clean, apply the mask on face and neck, letting it sit for around 20 minutes. Then remove the excess with warm water. It is better to be calm before applying facial mask, so you must relax to optimize its effects.

The use of mask deeply renews the skin, making it smoother, softer and even. Among the main effects of a facial mask, 3 can be highlighted:

1)      Removes dead skin cells. This is caused by the exfoliating effect generated when applying the mask with soft circular movements.

2)      Improves brightness and skin tone.

3)      Mitigates lines and dark spots on the skin.

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June 14th, 2012 No comments

Recently, the retinol has become fashionable, so today we want to dedicate this post to this famous component.

Retinol is one of the most effective anti-wrinkles available today: It is a type of vitamin A that began its inception in cosmetics as treatment for people with acne-related conditions, but gradually expanded its use to the anti-wrinkle care, given its astonishing effect on skin renewal.

The effects of retinol in the skin are notably visible: Lines and wrinkles are reduced, pores decrease, and skin is smoother and unified…

Retinol can be used in different concentrations, but always bearing in mind that due to its exfoliating effect it makes skin to be more sun sensitive, so it is necessary to use sunscreen.

Have you already checked the effects of Matriskin Retinol Capsules on your face?

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Did you know that…?

May 31st, 2012 No comments

There are three fundamental physical factors that differentiate men´s skin from that of women: The thickness, firmness and amount of sebum production.

In men´s skin, the thickness and strength are greater, so the signs of aging appear later. There is also higher sebum production, especially in the ”T zone”, which is manifested through the unsightly glare. But however, other areas of the face like cheeks and neck, are damaged by daily shaving, which dries and irritates both areas.

Aware of this problem, Matriskin launches a custom-fit skin care for men. The results are firmer, smoother and more mattified skin.

The treatment products are the following:



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May 22nd, 2012 No comments


DMAE is a nutrient compound with antioxidant properties, which helps to stabilize the cell membrane and facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, DMAE  homogenizes just in a few minutes the skin tone and color, providing a remarkable firmness and smoothness.

The Matriskin Serum DMAE  presents a unique concentration of 10% of DMAE. It is especially suitable for deep wrinkle and sagging skin.

Combined with Vitamin C, provides the skin vitality and luminosity, acting effectively against free radicals and spots appearance and delays the skin aging process.

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What are the benefits of retinol?

May 1st, 2012 No comments

Retinol is made up with A vitamin, which becomes more effectively the more purity it has. It is recommended both to prevent and to treat the signs of aging, reducing wrinkles and pores size.

Are you familiar with Matriskin Retinol capsules?  Do you want to know what makes Matrsiskin products special?

 The unique formula of Matriskin products differs from others offered in the market by its immediate results, consequence of its preventive, curative and stabilizing properties.

Matriskin technology combines two patented molecules: polysaccharides, and ceramides, obtained through state-of-the-art biotechnology processes. The result of this combination is a wide range of products that act strengthening the protective function of skin cells and restructuring skin cells of all layers.

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April 30th, 2012 No comments


Designed as a ‘Skin medicine’ . Works by enhancingthe brightness of the skin, revitalizing and reducing fine wrinkles and fine lines. Its formula is based on aesthetic chemical peeling and it is patented worldwide.
This product has the undisputed title of ‘exclusive’ in the market, which, added to the spectacular level of efficiency, has become a real must-have for MATRISKIN fans worldwide and is one of the top sales.

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April 26th, 2012 No comments


The Hyaluronic Acid is an Essential Component of our Skin, it serves as support for collagen and elastin fibers. The Hyaluronic Acid main function is to keep the Skin smooth and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid has exceptional healing properties and repairs effectively skin lesions.

Matriskin Hyaluronic Acid Gel presents a extraordinary concentration of 2%.

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