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There are short-term anti-wrinkle systems and long-term ones. Amongst the short-term are superficial treatments such as Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (or Argireline, which is the trademarked name for AH-3). Creams such as 24:7 Freeze, Athena 7 Minute Lift or Avetone are based on these. They are supposed to work on the muscles that cause wrinkle formation. It is the same principle as Botox, but much, much milder and lasts no more than an hour or so after application.
Long-term systems attempt to boost collagen production or repair DNA. These are obviously preferable so I am always on the look out for products that contain Matrixyl.
So what is Matrixyl? Basically, its a peptide. Creams these days frequently boast about being packed full of peptides, but are not specific as to which peptide is being referred to. Matrixyl is palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3 and this is a peptide that specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair. This means it qualifies as a long-term aging system.
However, there is something that might be even better than Matrixyl: Matrixyl 3000.
Update: In early 2013 University of Reading researchers found that Matrixyl can nearly double the amount of the protein collagen needed to give skin its elasticity. The team is led by Professor Hamley, who is something of a peptide-file and has been looking at ways to stimulate collagen for wound healing. Read more.