Chain Reaction

The efficacy of peptides is well supported by clinical research, but how does this evidence translate to cosmeceutical formulations?
Chain Reaction

Skin proteins—keratin, melanin, collagen, elastin, gelatin—give structure to cells, transmit signals from the cell surface to the organelles and mitochondria, and control the regeneration of tissues. Peptides—which are protein fragments—are popular active ingredients in skincare formulations, where they are used to affect the behavior of skin cells.

U.S. Cosmeceuticals Market to Approach $12 Billion in 2016

Though cosmeceutical sales suffered during the recession, their “little luxury” appeal and ability to deliver curative, cosmetic and preventative benefits at an affordable cost is contributing to a market rebound amounting to 2% growth in 2010 and 4% growth in 2011, according to a new report from ( This upswing puts United States retail sales of cosmeceuticals at $9.7 billion in 2011, with ongoing annual sales gains expected to boost the market to $11.7 billion by 2016.