With new skin care ingredients and products being introduced constantly, it can become overwhelming to understand what these ingredients can do for your skin. Peptides are one of the most promising discoveries in the last few years.
It is important to incorporate peptide serums & creams in order to help encourage the skin’s ability to rebuild lost Collagen in battling the signs of aging.
Collagen, which makes up 75% of the skin, is crucial for the appearance of youthfulness. This naturally occurring substance makes the skin strong, plump and smooth.
What Are Peptides?
Peptides are amino acids that make up the proteins in the skin. They become proteins when they form a long chain of amino acids. However, when peptides are in a short chain of amino acids, they have the ability to penetrate the upper layer of the skin & signal the selective skin cells to function.
Collagen is made up of protein and makes up 25-35% of the body’s protein content. Once we understand the extensive role proteins play within the body, we can begin to grasp the value of peptides.
The application of certain topical peptides results in a healthier and more youthful collagen network by providing the nourishment needed to realign, repair and protect the collagen network.
Collagen Peptides can be thought of as the building blocks of the skin’s most relevant structural proteins. Although collagen is not the only protein that contributes to a healthy skin structure, collagen is the most abundant. 28 Different types of collagen have been identified to date and continue to be discovered, however not all collagen is relevant to the skin’s structure.
The types of collagen that support the skin’s structure, collagen types I and IIen we get older, at around the age of 35, collagen is compromised 3-fold:I are the most recognized.
When we get older, at around the age of 35, collagen is compromised 3-fold:
1.The production of collagen fibers begins to slow down.
2. The natural collagen we have is broken down at a faster rate by free radicals.
3. The properly spaced network of collagen we once had becomes disorganized, hardened & bundled.
The skin’s surface begin to sag and wrinkle due to a lack of underlying support from collagen fibers and other supporting proteins such as elastin that were plentiful and organized in our younger years.
Peptides are dose dependent! In order to attain results comparable to those achieved in clinical studies, they must be applied in specific varieties, at clinical concentration levels and with repetition. For best results, multiple peptide-based products should be applied morning and evening to a clean skin.
How Peptides help with anti-ageing:
The skin’s surface, called the epidermis, is held together largely by lipids, and for that reason many topical peptides are enhanced with a fatty acid component, allowing for more effective absorption into the skin. Once absorbed they can stimulate the different types of collagen fibers that are comprised.
The most effective topical peptides are comprised of no more than 6 or 7 amino acids, as longer amino acid sequences are unlikely to penetrate the epidermis These lipophilic peptides diffuse rapidly upon reaching the dermis, and as a result, are able to stimulate, repair and prevent collagen degradation.
Signaling Peptides behave as dispatchers, signaling cells to carry out specific functions. The cosmetic active, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, is an example of a signaling peptide that has shown to increase collagen I by resulting in a wrinkle-reduction effect.
Carrier Peptides stabilize and deliver elements necessary for wound healing. Hydrolyzed soy, marine, sesame, rice and yeast peptides are examples of carrier peptides as they improve oxygen supply to the tissues.
Topical application of these collagen-preserving peptides also boosts the skin’s firmness and reduces inflammation by reducing the harmful effects of UV radiation on connective tissues while inhibiting collagen-degrading enzymes.
Peptides are found in our topical skin care preparations in the form of age-defying serums and creams. By applying certain topical peptides to your skin, you are nourishing the skin with a protein diet that combats age-related effects while preventing collagen loss and degradation.