You’ve probably heard the catchword “peptides” in the skincare world, but what are they exactly? Are they worth all the hype? In short answer, yes.
It’s important that we know the ingredients we are applying to our skin. Just like we would research ingredients in our food, we want to know what is being absorbed in our body and whether or not it’s going to give us the results we’re looking for.
Peptides are the lesser known skin care ingredient on the scene, but it’s one that’s worth talking about.
What are Peptides?
Peptides are the building blocks that make up protein. The most important protein within your skin is collagen. Collagen lies just beneath the outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, which makes your skin stretchy. It’s what helps your skin look smooth and firm, which is everything we all strive for. We all want that radiant glow, right?
As we age, we produce less collagen, and due to environmental factors like UV rays and smoke, it continues to break down even more. So as our skin continues to age and be impacted by the sun, we lose the smooth and firm look we once had when we were younger.
So peptides are an important component in skin care because peptides are proteins, like collagen, that we need for the aging defense we want. They act as messengers to the skin to help with the appearance of firmness and elasticity.
What Peptides do for Skin
When collagen breaks down from aging and environmental factors, we can use peptides as their alert system to inform our bodies to make more collage. Using products with peptides directly on the skin tells our skin that we need to make more. It’s a way of letting our skin know it’s run out of the collagen that it naturally stores and that we need to create more.
When we lose collagen, it leads to sagging, aged skin. When we create more collagen in the skin’s top layer, it helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pigmentation on sun-damaged skin, and improves elasticity. Some peptides may also improve skin’s hydration, which in turn helps firm up those lines.
Peptides in our Products
If peptides are so beneficial to the skin, why not add them into your skincare routine? There are different kinds of peptides added to an array of products. It’s important that you choose the peptide most beneficial for you and your skin.
As far as the product, a serum or moisturizer is best as it is able to absorb into the top layer of the skin, opposed to a face wash you immediately rinse off. It’s also important for the product to be stabilized and contain a significant amount in order to reap those benefits.
The most effective peptide for skincare is called palmitoyl Tetrapeptide, an active ingredient in Matrixyl 3000, which consists of short chain amino acids to help promote even skin tone and fine lines. It’s found in many skin care products, especially those that are budget-friendly.
Start Using a Peptide Rich Product
You will have a brighter future if you start using a product with peptides. You should try using a specific serum for the eyes that target fine lines and wrinkles. It not only helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it improves circulation to reduce dark circles and rehydrates the skin to help even out that pigmented skin tone.
Why not ignite the youth and brighten up the skin by fighting off your aged, photodamaged skin? The peptide we use in our serum (Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7) will help skin’s appearance look thicker and tighter skin around the eyes, which is exactly what we all want.
Ultimately, we can expect to see firmer and smoother looking skin after consistently using a peptide based product in no time. Shop strategically when looking at skin care ingredients and your skin will thank you for it.