The buzz about peptides
Peptides are a chain of amino acids, compounds responsible for creating proteins in the body. Proteins make up the essence of skin and muscle through collagen, the fibrous scaffolding that holds everything together. Poor collagen production leads to wrinkled skin, brittle nails, and low muscle mass. The more peptides created in the skin, the more collagen. Peptides also produce keratin and elastin, which are crucial for skin, hair, and nail health. With age, peptide production slows down, creating less elastic skin and speeding up the appearance of wrinkles.
1. A collagen boost
Applying a peptide-filled product to the skin helps boost collagen production. More collagen means the skin looks firmer and younger. Some peptides also help restore and repair fibrous scaffolding, making the skin more elastic. Different types of peptides trigger multiple functions in the skin. For instance, carrier peptides transport minerals and antioxidants to the skin, while signal peptides tell the skin to create more collagen. The right combination of peptides can maximize collagen production and provide added nutrients.
2. More peptides, fewer wrinkles
Peptides provide excellent anti-aging benefits. Over time, wrinkles and fine lines develop due to reduced collagen, elastin, and the daily movement of facial muscles. Consistently using products with peptides can reduce the size of pores, tighten the skin, and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Studies show that products with peptides also speed up cell turnover. Peptide use, along with vitamin C, has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by an average of 8% in just 28 days.
3. Protects and hydrates
Some peptides also work to protect and hydrate the skin. Along with aging, the skin is at risk of damage from UV rays and other external stressors. Peptides help to protect the skin through cell regeneration and slowing sun damage. Some peptides also help with hyaluronic acid (HA) production. HA helps keep the skin hydrated by drawing from external moisture. The more hyaluronic acid, the better. Peptides can help produce the dewy look everyone craves.
How do you use peptides?
Peptides are generally safe to use on all skin types. However, people with sensitive skin should still do a patch test before daily use to avoid irritation. Since there are different peptides with different functions, find a product that contains multiple peptides for the best results. First, apply a cleanser to remove dirt and clear pores. Then use a peptide-based serum or eye cream on the area requiring improvement. Finally, lock in all hydration with a moisturizer. Don’t be afraid to ask a dermatologist for recommendations on products with peptides.