Lupine Peptides is a blend of penta- and hexa- peptides derived from lupin flower protein that works as an MMP inhibitor, thus preventing MMP activity following exposure of the skin to sunlight. By doing this the Lupine Peptides blend prevents collagen and elastin (the main proteins making up connective tissue) breakdown catalysed by MMP activity, helping to renew skin’s outer layer, reduce the depth of wrinkles & stimulate the production of collagen & elastin, giving the skin a younger look.
Aqua, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid
Pentapeptides’ benefits for the skin:
•Helps to renew the skin’s outer layer (extracellular matrix)
•Reduces the depth of wrinkles
•Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which gives the skin a younger look and diminishes fine wrinkles
•Stimulates wound healing
•Reduces dark spots
•Stimulates skin thickening
•Reduces skin roughness
Which products to use Lupine Peptides in:
Anti-wrinkle and skin rejuvenating creams, lotions, gel serums, etc
Sun care products
Water or oil-soluble?
Can I add Lupine Peptides to oil serums or ready-made products?
You should not add it to oil serums or oil blends as it will separate but you can add it to all skin rejuvenating and moisturising ready-made products. Simply stir in the correct dose thoroughly.
Recommended dosage and how to use in products:
Dosage: 0.1-1%. Add it during the third stage of making creams and lotions or when the temperature of the product you are making is under 40°C.
Storage and Shelf Life
2-3 years (see label for best before date). Store at cool temperature in an airtight container in a dark place away from sunlight.
Use together with other Anti-Wrinkle & Skin Rejuvenation Ingredients
Use Lupine Peptides together with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C & E; Remodelling Intense; Hyaluronic Acid, Pseudocollagen; Siberian Ginseng Extract, etc.
For Wound Healing
Combine Lupine Peptides with calendula and comfrey products.
In Products to reduce Dark Spots on the skin
Use Lupine Peptides together with Skin Lightener, Vitamin C and Cucumber Extract.
What are pentapeptides and what do they do?
They are peptides made up of five amino acids. They are some of the newest ingredients in the cosmetic industry, sometimes called ‘botox in a jar’. They are gentler anti-aging options than many anti-aging products, some of which can temporarily irritate and damage the top layer of the skin to trigger new growth or inflame the skin and create a swollenness that fills the wrinkles and fine lines. The gentler-acting pentapeptides were discovered by accident through wound healing research supported by the National Institute of Health in the USA. The research modified a pentapeptide known as KTTKS. The result was clinically proven ingredient that stimulates collagen and elastin formation to help produce younger-looking skin.
A study by Proctor & Gamble conducted a study on pentapeptides to determine their effect on wrinkle reduction. About 93 women were anlaysed for this study. They were put into 2 groups, 1 group used moisturiser product and the other used a pentapeptide-containing product for 12 weeks. After this period, it was found that women using the pentapeptides had significant decrease in wrinkles. Image analysis also showed decreased fine lines and wrinkles. But more research might be needed to fully prove this.
What does MMP stand for?
Matrix metalloproteinase. MMPs belong to a larger family of proteases (break down proteins) known as the metzincin superfamily. Collectively they are capable of degrading all kinds of extracellular matrix proteins, such as collagen and elastin, which are the defining features of connective tissue.
Specific information about hexapeptides
Muscles contract when they receive a neurotransmitter release from a nerve. Like Botulinum Toxin A (botox), hexapeptides (which are produced from plants) release the amount of nerve stimulation on the local muscle tissue being targeted but unlike Botulinum Toxin A, hexapeptides don’t paralyse the muscle completely.
Instead they gently and temporarily reduce the strength of specific muscle contractions, and so the formulation of new lines and wrinkles are reduced and old lines appear much less prominent, leaving the skin smoother and younger looking.