Skin Peptides - The Difference Maker
What Are Peptides and What Do They Do?
The discovery and new research of peptides are one of the most important tools in our anti-aging tool kit. What are they, what can they do for you and how can you add it into your beauty regimen.
What are peptides?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function.
One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin (from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), wrinkles form. Peptides applied topically to the skin can send a signal to collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen, as well as having a positive effect on anti aging, age spots, eczema, psoriasis, and really most aspects of skin.
How to use peptides
For the most part, peptides take time to work (except for the immediate effects of some of the neuropeptides). Peptides are best applied in serums or creams for a long period of time. You can start to see results in four to 12 weeks. Keep in mind that upkeep is so important with peptides. Once you stop using them, you will notice the difference.
Peptides are a widely variable group of molecules. There are four essential peptides used in skin care products: acetyl hexapeptide-3, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, palmitoyl oligopeptide and copper peptides.
Want to relax the facial wrinkles or facial lines? That’s what Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 is for. It treats the same wrinkles as your botox injections. Peptides offer the ability to cover a larger portion of the facial area as opposed to botox injections.
If you’re looking for additional collagen production, then the palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 is the one. It has the capability to go deep into the inner layers of the skin. Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 has also been found to work wonders on cuts, bruises, and wound healing.
This peptide works hand-in-hand with palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, this member of the peptides stimulates the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the dermis of the skin. Palmitoyl oligopeptide also provides an additional benefit which is protection from UV rays.
This group of peptides is beneficial in the healing nature of wound care. The copper molecule it houses releases its power to positively affect rejuvenation of tissue, but is also positive internal effects with the stomach lining, bones, and intestines as well as skin.