The matrix components (such as collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid) are mainly produced and secreted by fibroblasts (connective tissue cells). The extra cellular matrix supports the three dimensional structure of the skin. The breakdown of the matrix components causes wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
The MMP’S (Matrix Metallo Proteinases) are a group of about 20 enzymes specialized in the breakdown of the extra cellular matrix components. Their role is to cause a slow degradation of the matrix so that it can be renewed. During the process of skin ageing and also due to environmental factors (such as UV light), the balance between MMP’S and their inhibitors is disturbed. This imbalance causes the increase of MMP’S activity and the intensive breakdown of collagen, elastin and other matrix components. The direct result is loss of skin elasticity, firmness and excessive wrinkles formation.
Recent research demonstrated that it is possible to use MMP’S inhibitors in cosmetic preparations to prevent degradation processes in the tissue and to improve skin firmness.
Special MMP’S inhibitors derived from Blackberry leaves and Argan leaves are used in the MATRIX CARE SERIES. These ingredients were proved to be very efficient inhibitors of MMP-1 (enzyme specialized in the breakdown of collagen) and MMP-9 (enzyme specialized in the breakdown of elastin)
The Matrix Care products are further enriched with effective ingredients for tissue restoration, wrinkles reduction and firmness enhancement. The feel and the texture of the products are exceptionally pleasant.
Posted by The Skin Care Queens, September 13, 2010 Posted in Matrix Care