Have you heard the word peptides over and over again, but never really caught what it actually is? No need to worry; we got you covered ;) Read along and you’ll be covered in knowledge about what it does for you.
Sometimes creams and treatments simply doesn’t do it. So we need some more, to give us that glow and good skin from within. And this is here were peptides comes in handy. They contain anti-aging, toning and strengthening benefits, and works with your skin, and rejuvenates, moistures, and hydrates it from within.
What are peptides?
Simply put; peptides are the ground element of the skin on a cellular level, and from where it can be build up from. They are naturally found in all human beings’ cells. They are what makes the proteins in the skin cells being responsible for dewy and youthful looking skin and glow. Think about elastin covered in collagen. The proteins are made from chains of amino acids, which technically is amino peptides, and peptides in short.
Elastin and collagen is produced naturally in our bodies – especially when we’re young! But as we’re getting older, and around the age of 25, the production of these proteins begins to stagnate. When we reach 40, the production can completely halt – abruptly. This makes our skin look and feel less hydrated and thus wrinkles and fine lines find their way in.
– and for this not to happen, collagen and elastin needs some assistance to match.
By adding peptides to your skin in your daily routine, you help the proteins keep up with your skin and surroundings, and beat those wrinkles and fine lines back some. They work with your skin cells to fight back signs of aging and dehydration. As the peptides are made of nearly 50 different amino acids, with various effects each, the combinations and benefits that they provide your skin with are infinite.
How do peptides work?
The skin’s natural barrier has a function of turning away things that doesn’t belong within our skin. Though, peptides are being let through, as they act and look like the ones that are already within our skin.
Products with peptides does not work on the surface level of your skin. They work their way in through the skin, and goes into the molecular level of the skin. They penetrate the outer epidermis layer, and goes into the dermis layer when it is applied on top of the skin as a serum.
– Actually, the dermis layer is made of 80% collagen. Since the production of collagen is stagnating through the years, it’s here where peptides become magical.
Basically, peptides goes deep into the skin and helps out the proteins against fine lines and dehydration. The presence of peptides signals to the body to build up and activate the protein production, which creates the coveted and plumped effect you feel in your skin. Increasing the collagen production, etc., it makes the fine lines and wrinkles appear more even. It gives you a smoother skin texture, and minimizes the pores. Your skin will benefit from a hydrated, dewy, and youthful looking skin.
The benefits of peptides
Peptides are famously known for their anti-aging benefits. We all love a bouncy, plumped feel in our skin and a boost to our collagen production helps with that. And their benefits don’t stop at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. They also have several other benefits; some which are listed below.
Peptides have shown to be helpful in reducing acne. Besides offering gentle, non-sensitizing and irritating exfoliation, while also brightening effects.
Muscle contraction causes wrinkles, and peptides can inhibiting and lessen the appearance of fine lines.
By adding peptides to your skincare routine, you can enhance both healing and boost the production of new cellular material in your skin.
Products that are high on peptides assists in realigning the skin tissue, and improves the firmness and tone of the skin. Especially under the eyes, peptides have shown to be effective, where they brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.
Peptides have a special ability in hydrating the skin. This is done by them strengthening the skins natural barrier function, and so it increases hydration retention.
Everyday our skin is exposed to damaging environmental elements, and a way our skin works and fights against those, is by working on maintaining a natural balance (homeostasis). And it’s here that peptides jumps in and supports the natural functioning and helps to reduce irritation in the skin that is typically caused by UV-rays, razor burns, stress, blue light, and other bacteria.
Which should you go for?
Peptides are divided into four different main groups, when it comes to skin and skincare. The first one is carrier peptides, that are like blue copper peptides; they transport the active ingredients that helps in healing your skin. Second is the messaging peptides; they activate by telling your skin to do ‘something’ – could i.e., be producing more collagen or elastin. Third is the neurotransmitter inhibitor peptides, that blocks signals for muscle contracting, which contributes to aging – this kind of peptide is a kind of mild, topical, and gentle form of botox. Fourth and lastly we have the enzyme inhibitor peptides; they are the enzymes that breaks down the conjunctional tissue (dermal matrix) of the skin from doing damage.
We know this can be a lot and still feel like a jungle to navigate in; so we have listed our favorites within each of the four groups, and why we love them.
Carrier Peptide: Blue Copper Peptides
Our skin needs elements like copper to heal, and that is what blue copper peptides do. They’ll benefit you with reduced pores, smoother tone and blurs the fine lines and wrinkles. The blue copper peptide is said to be a ‘natural botox’; so if you want a youthful looking skin, blue copper is perfect for that!
Messaging Peptide: Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
This form of peptide signals to you skin what it should do, i.e., boost the production of collagen to make it more elastic and firm. And it can also reduce the damage in the skin done by UV-rays and radiation.
Inhibitor Peptides: Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
Research and studies show how this specific peptide can help prolong the effects of botox. And for us who haven’t gotten it; this peptide helps us to not visit the doctor. This peptide is known for brightening and firming our skin.
Enzyme Inhibitor Peptide: Soybean peptide
This peptide is derived from soybean proteins, and has proven to be especially good at protecting the skin from damaging and harmful UVB rays (those that cause dark spots and sun damage).
The peptide trick
Peptides has a large range of effects and benefits for your skin, and the reason to that is because they depend on the combination of amino acids for the specific peptide. And this is also why which one that is right for you, depends on what you’re searching for!
– But since they overall are non-irritating and -sensitizing, you can combine them crisscrossing, and thus maximize their effects!
Various products contain (mixed types of) peptides and so they provide you with several peptide-benefits at once!
– and remember; when it comes to peptides, it doesn’t matter what your skincare goal is, they will no matter what help your skin on the way!