Moisturizing is important because the skin survives by carrying out hundreds of biochemical reactions. The reactions are chemical transactions involving molecules, and most of these reactions only proceed if water or oil are present.
Lack of water in or around cells disrupts normal metabolism and tissue repair, and therefore dehydrated skin is less able to repair and regenerate itself and is more susceptible to damage. However, with hundreds of moisturizers on the market, it is important to know which ingredients to look for, and which skin care products to avoid. Choosing the right moisturizer leads to firmer, toned skin and the prevention of aging.
Read on to learn about powerful and effective skin care ingredients that have firming and moisturizing properties.
Neuropeptides are small, protein-like molecules that neurons use to communicate. When used in skin care products, these special molecules boost production of collagen and elastin and increase circulation.
Neuropeptides can have a number of positive effects on the skin including:
- Surface renewal of the dermis
- More toned, supple, and resilient skin
- Lines and wrinkles smoothed
- Diminished appearance of sagging skin
DMAE occurs in the brain in small amounts to facilitate the synthesis of a neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which carries messages from nerves to muscles. When applied to the skin, DMAE helps help the skin to renew itself and maintain a healthy moisture balance.
DMAE improves skin’s elasticity because it renews and restores skin cells. Because acetylcholine is involved with muscle activity, DMAE creams also help to firm the skin by working to stimulate increased tone in the muscles behind the face.
Phospholipids attract water from the air and hold water where hydration is needed. Damaging environmental factors such as sun, wind, and pollution can strip natural phospholipid content from the top layer of the skin, resulting in rough skin. Moisturizing with products that contain phospholidics is a great way to replace this natural layer.
Phospholipids attract water from the air and hold water where hydration is needed. Damaging environmental factors such as sun, wind, and pollution can strip natural phospholipid content from the top layer of the skin. This loss results in rough skin and a pitted appearance. Moisturizing with products that contain phospholidics is a great way to replace this natural protective layer.
Perricone MD’s Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer contains Neuropeptides, DMAE, and Phospholipids to moisturize, lift, tone, and repair skin. It works to restore what the skin has lost over time and keeps skin looking young and resilient.