The middle layer of skin, called the dermis, consists of collagen fibers and elastin which provide the skin’s support structure. As we age, the amount of collagen in the skin decreases and the integrity of the elastic fiber network is altered, resulting in thin, loose and sometimes sagging skin. Furthermore, collagen loss is accelerated by ultraviolet light exposure. Matrixyl, also known as Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, consists of five amino acids that are structured for optimal skin absorption. Once absorbed, Matrixyl stimulate collagen production and strengthens the dermal matrix of the skin’s support structure. One clinical study showed that Matrixyl was just as effective as retinol in repairing sun-damaged skin, without the redness and irritation caused by retinol. In another study Matrixyl visibly decreased the amount of wrinkles in as little as two weeks.

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