Peptides in Skincare

Peptides have gained considerable momentum as a key ingredient for antiaging in skincare.  BUT what are peptides?

Polypeptides or peptides are a short chain of amino-acids which act as building blocks of proteins like collagen and elastin, maintaining skin strength and firmness.  Peptides are fragmented portions of proteins which can penetrate the surface layer of the skin with more ease and no irritation.

There are three main classifications of peptides for skin and antiaging:

  1. Signaling peptides – which signal your cells to stimulate production of proteins like collagen or elastin.
  2. Carrier peptides – which deliver trace elements like copper and magnesium to the skin, helping with skin healing, elasticity, and triggering collagen stimulation. These peptides are also good for treating acne, aging skin & rosacea.
  3. Neurotransmitter peptides – these act to inhibit muscle contraction, therefore proposed to help with wrinkles caused by muscle activity.

By stimulating production of new collagen, the hope is that peptides will deliver firmer skin with improvement in fine lines.

It’s important to know that although products have peptides but may not have adequate concentrations or the correct chemical structure to deliver effective results.

Peptides are suitable for all skin types and are unlikely to cause irritation.  They do not cause water loss, so can be great for enhancing hydration.  Peptides can be an effective complement to other skincare ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.

Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator - contains copper tripeptide & palmitoyl hexapeptide-12 

Copper + Co-Enzyme Q1- Mineral Moisturizer - contains Copper Peptide complex

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