Hmmm! What Are These Peptides Everyone Has Been Raving About? 🤔
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that make up proteins (mainly elastin and collagen) in our skin, which add to the skin’s firmness and elasticity. Without these proteins, we will see wrinkles, brittle nails and dry hair that’s prone to breakage. Peptides work by penetrating the outer layer of the skin and sending signals to produce these proteins.
We lose 1% of our remaining collagen per year after age 30, our skin’s natural communication channels also slow down over time. Your body sees peptides as ‘signals’ that you need to heal, which tells your body to produce more collagen where you need it most. If your skin is aging prematurely, those peptides might signal your skin to boost its production of collagen and even hyaluronic acid, plumping up your skin and restoring a healthy skin barrier.
When you introduce peptides onto the skin in the form of a moisturizer or serum, it tricks the skin into thinking there’s been an injury or wound, and it stimulates our collagen-boosting processes.
When it comes to skin care, not all peptides are created equal. While there are hundreds of peptides, there are specific peptides that are more efficacious for the skin than others.
Types Of Peptides
- Neurotransmitter Peptides: They are found in injectables like Botox and topical products, they work to to relax your facial muscles, so they don’t contract as much, helping reduce wrinkles and expression lines. E.g., Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-3) and Tripeptide-3. (P.S: you can’t expect the same results from botox/fillers and topical peptides).
- Signal Peptides: They are the most common in skincare. They send messages to the skin to produce more collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid and other proteins that make the skin firmer and plump. E.g. Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38).
- Carrier Peptides: They deliver trace elements like copper and magnesium to the skin to improve collagen production, thereby firming up the skin and enhancing elasticity. E.g. Copper Tripeptide-1.
- Enzyme-Inhibitor Peptides: They slow down the degradation of collagen. E.g. Oligopeptide-20.
Benefits Of Peptides For The Skin
Peptides in skincare products can offer a multitude of benefits including:
- Strengthens skin barrier.
- Improves fine lines and wrinkles.
- More elastic and firm skin.
- Helps to reduce skin redness, irritation and inflammation.
- Improves hydration.
- Improves skin texture.
Peptide Product Recommendations.
- Allies of Skin Retinal & Peptides Repair Night Cream
- Dermatica Nourishing Ceramide + Peptide Moisturizer
- DRMTLGY Peptide Night Cream
- Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
- Paula's Choice Peptide Booster
- Stratia Interface.