5 Ingredients to Look for in Your Skincare Products

By Nicolas Perricone, MD, celebrity dermatologist and bestselling author. Click here to read an excerpt from his book, Forever Young, The Science of Nutrigenomics for Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Any Age.

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Neuropeptides

Incorporating neuropeptides dramatically improves the appearance of skin's resilience, tone and texture, while decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It combats the appearance of crepiness by re-energizing and hydrating the skin, while increasing firmness. It is safe for damaged, mature or fragile skin.

It is important to differentiate between neuropeptides and the more commonly marketed pentapeptides. 

The neuropeptide topical formulas I have developed contain multiple peptides delivered in a special base that allows the molecules to penetrate the skin, where they can activate receptor sites and achieve maximum benefits. To achieve this level of quality and activity, these neuropeptides must be synthesized in a laboratory in small batches with a resultant cost of the peptides of up to $30,000 per kilo. These neuropeptides should not be confused with simple peptide preparations that work by a totally different and simplistic mechanism. 

Pentapeptides, for example, are not the sophisticated neuropeptides which have to be synthesized on an individual basis. These pentapeptides cost dollars per pound and simply cannot deliver the level of efficacy found in the neuropeptide formulas.

Article written by Nicolas Perricone, MD
Celebrity dermatologist and bestselling author.