In a veritable breakthrough for Matrixyl watchers like me, there emerged in the last couple of days independent research proclaiming that the power peptide Matrixyl actually works to boost collagen. Researchers at Reading University in the UK say that “products with Matrixyl will have skincare benefits.”

Matrixyl is a peptide, palmitoyl-pentapeptide-4 (palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 before 2006), that is supposed to stimulate collagen and skin repair. Its big sister is Matrixyl 3000, a combination of two peptides: a palmitoyl tripeptide and a palmitoyl tetrapeptide. They are supposed work synergistically to mimic the appearance of this broken down collagen, causing your skin to react by producing more collagen, as well as elastin. But until now, we had to rely on the manufacturer of Matrixyl, Sederma, and Olay manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, for the research.

University of Reading researchers found 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.

This is great news. Many of us – well, I can certainly speak for myself – have seen good results with Matrixyl 3000 based serums, but until now it has been subjective and anecdotal. That is one reason why I haven’t singled out the Five Best serums with Matrixyl for a few years. In celebration of this new research, I’ve updated it to a 2013 Five Best with Matrixyl including some new and powerful anti-aging products. 

I don’t know what concentration of Matrixyl the Reading researchers used. But Sederma’s research and recommended concentration is at 4%.

The Reading University research was paid for by “University studentship with some additional funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).”

See also our Five Best with Peptides