Maskād’s Anti-Aging Serum for youthful skin
The power of peptides and growth factors
Written By: WETHRIVV
As your skin ages, the communication between cells breaks down, rejuvenation slows down and wrinkles tend to form. This can be thought of as a communication barrier that creates the appearance of age. That is essentially why we use peptides and growth factor: to communicate with our cells, to make them multiply, and prevent bad processes from occurring.
MASKĀD uses this technology to get your cells working in harmony again. When you use MASKĀD’s anti-aging serum, your cells will become little soldiers that work to rebuild the extracellular matrix of your skin, putting collagen back into its place.
In normal youthful skin, micro-injury causes enzymes called ‘matrix metalloproteinases’ (MMPs) to be released. These are good MMPs because they break down some of your collagen and small peptides are released. Those small peptides start the process of repair.
Small peptides are also available from your diet. Dietary protein is broken down into small peptides before they can be absorbed. If you eat good protein sources that include high amounts of arginine, histidine, and lysine, you will have healthy levels of peptides in your bloodstream. These can be found in almonds, fenugreek, soy protein or pea sprouts.
As we age, we change the way we digest food, and it gets a little difficult to get those good dietary peptides. That is why we need to use the power of peptide serums.
Small peptides are also made by your cells to stimulate certain activities. They are created by the cells in the natural growth cycle to ensure the process goes to completion. But if your skin is getting older, it becomes less efficient at making those peptides, more bad news!
So, in truth, we need to use peptides if we want to ensure they get to the right place.
When your cells detect small peptides, they do several things to promote repair of the skin matrix. Some peptides are merely carriers of important metals, such as copper, which is transported by copper-peptide (GHK-Cu).
In 1973 Loren Pickart published the discovery of GHK-Cu, after he observed it in skin that was injured. He was astonished to see new hair growing out of the injured areas. He later discovered that GHK-Cu rejuvenates the skin and other parts of the body. Although he is now older than 80, Pickard is still working as a scientist.
GHK-Cu is released when collagen is broken down, as a defence mechanism to start repair. This happens with micro-needling, but if you don’t have much collagen to start with, your skin won’t produce much GHK-Cu.
Thankfully, there is plenty of GHK-Cu in MASKĀD’s anti-aging serum.
Small peptides do many things. They signal the skin’s layers to start repair, such as Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which stimulate matrix protein production, such as collagen.
Small peptides can also be inhibitors of bad signals, such as acetylcholine, which can promote wrinkle formation. Examples of acetylcholine inhibiting peptides are Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3.
But your cells might also make some bad MMPs. This can happen with too much sunlight, or when your cells are getting older and fatigued. Fortunately, there are also peptides that inhibit bad MMPs.
Because peptides do so many things, we need a complex mixture to target all the areas of skin rejuvenation. This can be found in Maskād’s new Anti-Aging Serum.
But MASKĀD also uses bigger peptides, especially growth factors.
Bigger peptides that help to increase the number of cells, are called growth factors. They are different from small peptides because they are specifically created by your cells to create new cells.
Each cell responds differently. In the uppermost layer of your skin where the epidermal cells are dominant, the epidermal cells respond to sh-Oligopeptide-1 (epidermal growth factor), which makes more epidermal cells. Similarly, as you move down into the skin, sh-Polypeptide-10 (keratinocyte growth factor 2) stimulates the growth of keratinocytes, which are important cells that turn into your skin cells, and other important cells.
Lastly, at the base of your skin layer, in the dermis, sh-Polypeptide-1 (basic fibroblast growth factor) stimulates growth of fibroblasts, which are the cells that make collagen.
Of course, we want to stimulate all the layers of cells so that the skin looks smooth and normal. If you stimulate all layers, it helps the fibroblasts to make the extracellular matrix to house the collagen. Fortunately, MASKĀD anti-aging serum also includes these three growth factors.
Thus, when you use an anti-aging serum that includes growth factors and peptides, it is important to use a trusted and reliable source so that all these important processes work in harmony.
Using MASKĀD Anti-Aging and Hydrating serums are a must as part of your daily skin care – twice a day is even better! They work well on their own, or in combination with the Maskād Derma Roller 1-2 times per week at home. They can also be used with in-office procedures like micro-needling, microdermabrasion or any technique that aims to stimulate a rejuvenation of your skin
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