If you’re trying to fight the signs of aging, then you’ve most likely come across the word, “peptide” or “peptides” in your research. Peptides are a newcomer on the anti-aging beauty scene but nonetheless very effective.
Peptides are fragments of proteins. By themselves, they’re made up of amino acids. Since proteins are the building blocks of our skin, peptides are very important to maintaining good skin. Without peptides, your skin won’t remain intact. The result would be loss of firmness, wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that won’t bounce back like it has in the past.
You may be using collagen when it comes to anti-aging products, but adding peptides to your skincare routine can help you to look younger, longer. If you’re curious about what peptides are, how they work and why you should include them in your skincare routine, then read on…
What are Peptides?
Peptides are the building blocks that make up protein. Amino acids link together and form chains known as amino peptide. These linked together peptides are the foundation for all protein. Your skin’s most important protein is one that you may have heard of before… collagen. Collagen peptides in your skin lie underneath the dermis and make up about 80% of your dermis. Collagen can help your skin to look firm and smooth which can help you to look younger and “glow”. Peptides are also the building blocks for elastin fibers. These fibers are the building blocks of our skin and help to keep your skin firm looking too.
As you age, your body begins to produce collagen at a slower rate. Collagen in your skin will break down as you age, this is known as “fragmenting”. Exposure to UV radiation can also break down your collagen as well as smoking (as if you needed another reason to kick that habit). Without peptides, you wouldn’t have collagen or proteins in your skin. Without these, you’ll look older and end with more skin issues due to aging.
How Do Peptides Work?
As you age you lose 1% of your collagen per year after the age of 30. The number one way to reduce the signs of aging is to encourage your skin to produce more collagen. Peptides can aid in the production of more collagen. When you apply peptides to your skin topically it may increase your body’s production of peptides in your skin. Peptides (unlike collagen molecules) are smaller and can penetrate your skin when applied topically. These molecules help your skin to repair itself. When you apply peptides to your skin, they signal to your body that it needs to heal. In turn, your body will produce more collagen where you need it.
For instance, if you injure your ankle, peptides will let your body know to focus it’s reparative efforts on that area of your body. If your skin begins to age prematurely, peptides may signal to your skin to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. This will help to plump your skin and restore it naturally. When you use external peptides on your skin it tricks your skin into thinking there’s an injury or wound, which starts the collagen boosting process.
How to Add Peptides to Your Beauty Routine
Topical skincare products are your best bet for getting peptides topically. You should consult with your esthetician or dermatologist if you’re unsure of the stability of a certain product’s ingredients. You can also ask them if that specific formulation will work for you. You should use products that will stay on your skin when choosing a peptide-rich product such as a serum, moisturizer or eye cream. These will benefit you more than peptide-rich products that you wash off, such as a cleanser.
Copper peptides are a certain type of peptide to look for. These peptides are special because they’ll not only help you to generate collagen but also help to maintain the collagen you already have.
Products with Peptides That I Recommend:
- Advanced Optimizer Serum and Creme
- Excellence Coe Line of Serum, Creme and Eye Creme
- Elastine Jour and Nuit
- Circadia’s Counter A.G.E Serum
- Circadia’s Cyto-Comm Serum
- Circadia’s Full Circle Eye Repair
- Circadia’s Revita-Cyte Complex
- Circadia’s Tranquili-Cream
If you’re looking to combat aging (lets face it, who isn’t?) then peptides are an ingredient you NEED to have in your skincare products. Peptides can help your skin to regenerate and glow as well as to help you combat the signs of aging. Even if you’re not seeing signs of aging, you can still prevent them by using peptides or collagen in your skincare routine. Even if your skin does show signs of aging, I’m sure you’re still beautiful, but adding some peptides to your beauty routine wouldn’t hurt either.