The skin is the most vulnerable organ. It is bombarded daily with secondhand smoke, smog, dirt particles, germs, sun rays, and other harmful substances that can diminish its luminosity. In fact, there are more than 75,000 toxic chemicals classified by the EPA as potentially or definitely hazardous to human health. In fact, researchers now believe traces of arsenic can be found in coffee. Imagine how many of these dangerous substances pose a threat to human skin every day.
Diet, exercise, and nutrition are the first steps toward being and looking healthy. To take the next step, it’s important to give vulnerable skin the care it deserves. Modern cosmetic science has identified ingredients that give the outside of the body, especially precious facial skin, advanced care for the damage it receives every day. One of the most exciting ingredients in use today is neuropeptides.
Want to learn more?
- What are neuropeptides?
- How do neuropeptides help aging or damaged skin?
- Will a neuropeptide cream help?
If you’re familiar with a little high school biology, then you likely have heard of neuropeptides; however, if this is the case, you’re likely wondering how neuropeptides relate to the skin. After all, the prefix “neuro” signifies neuropeptides are related to neurological (i.e. brain) functions.
However, research has pointed to a link between the brain and the skin, which involves a communication series:
- The brain signals the thymus.
- The thymus signals the skin.
- The skin responds to the brain.
The thymus gland, processor of white blood cells, produces neuropeptides. Neuropeptides serve as the glue holding neurotransmitters, hormones, and enzymes together to keep them working in sync.
Neuropeptides are peptides, compounds made up of two or more bonded amino acids, released by brain cells either as neurotransmitters or as hormones:
- Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that send nerve impulses across synapses.
- Hormones affect the functions of receptive organs or tissues when transported to them.
Without neuropeptides, communication in the brain, let alone throughout the body, would not function properly. However, body chemicals like neuropeptides can exert dual effects. Neuropeptides can produce pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects. For example, substance P, a type of neuropeptide, is involved in the release of saliva and urine. It also helps widen blood vessels and tighten smooth muscles, like those in the intestines. Yet, substance P can trigger inflammation in the skin, causing wrinkling and acne. Substance P is also linked to chronic conditions such as aging, depression, obesity, alcoholism, and pain.
Neuropeptide Y, on the other hand, has the opposite effect of Substance P. When it is released into the brain, it lessens anxiety and depression while increasing appetite and memory ability. Neuropeptide Y also constricts blood vessels and regulates body temperature, blood pressure, and the release of sex hormones.
As previously mentioned, there is a connection between the brain and the skin, and neuropeptides certainly are important for the brain. What is therapy to the brain is therapy to the skin.
In fact, neuropeptides work in a number of ways against aging or damaged skin:
- Revive dull, lifeless skin
- Maintain a fresh and rosy appearance
- Minimize discoloration
- Reduce dark circles under eyes
- Decrease fine lines and wrinkles
- Protect from free radicals
- Decrease sagging
- Improve blood circulation and cell metabolism
As we age, our body’s production of neuropeptides begins to dwindle. Neuropeptides work wonders for aging skin that has advanced to a level of deep lines and wrinkles. They are natural and nontoxic, unlike popular and costly Botox treatments, and play an important role in the beauty and appearance of skin.
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How can the supply be replenished, or better yet, refueled?
Years ago, people trusted in diet and exercise to regain neuropeptide control. But now, thanks to important skin research, we can apply them directly to our skin. Dr Perricone‘s Neuropeptide Facial Conformer combines powerful antioxidant protection with a nourishing moisturizer.
This neuropeptide cream tightens facial contours with the following ingredients:
- Neuropeptides renew the skin surface, smoothing lines and wrinkles as they tone and firm.
- DMAE also firms and tones skin while enhancing facial contours and boosting fellow antioxidants.
- Phospholipids absorb quickly to repair and hydrate damaged, dry skin.
Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer, does so much more than treat dry skin, it:
The moisturizer, containing the same key ingredients as the Facial Conformer, hydrates and tones sagging skin while correcting wrinkles and fine lines. The ingredients interact in a different way, putting an emphasis on the phospholipids which mimic lipids found naturally in skin, allowing for nearly instant absorption.
Dr. Perricone believes there is an immediate radiance added to the skin within minutes after application of his neuropeptide products. He believes it enough to offer special Perricone coupons for the products you order. Firmness increases and skin is hydrated. Even the appearance of tiny veins and capillaries diminishes. But he insists neuropeptide research is still in its infancy with a multitude of uses just waiting to be unlocked.