Peptides in Skin Care
Peptides can sound like an intimidating thing. Perhaps to some, they seem like something that only doctors can comprehend or something that only scientists can put to good use. But in reality, peptides are accessible to anyone who what's to push their skin care routine to the next level.
Peptides are quite simply: amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin. Peptides can be found all around us, and in us. In the human body, peptides are found in every cell and tissue and perform a wide range of essential functions. So this is something our body is familiar with and knows what to do with.
But as we age, our bodies slow down with certain processes, and adding peptides can help send messages to our skin that it's time to pick up the pace on making collagen and the repairing process.
While we know that some ingredients cannot penetrate the barrier of the skin, peptides can and in doing so, can make amazing things happen once they're absorbed. They're small and easily absorbed, and you'll find out, very beneficial in solving a variety of skin care issues and offering a list of important protections.
And what happens when peptides do penetrate the skin? They act as messengers for the other cells — they send signals telling the cells to produce collagen and elastin.
The History of Peptides
Anyone that's read a blog post of mine knows my passion for history. My favorite topic in high school was world history, and it would be amiss if I stopped delving into the history of things that I find some much interest in.
The use of peptides is a fairly new process. Peptides therapies started taking a notable role in the 1920's. There are currently over 60 peptides approved for therapy and use, and more enter the study phase at a considerable rate. As of right now, there are over 150 peptides in the study phase.
What Kinds of Peptides are There?
Peptides are actually more common and readily available to us than one might think.
We know that the benefits of peptides are significant, not just externally but also internally. Peptides are very good for our health.
We can find peptides in common foods, like eggs, milk, fish, beans, lentils, oats, soy, and wheat.
Research has shown that when eating foods with peptides, or taking supplements with peptides, we can greatly improve our health. Some general health improvements would include:
- Lower high blood pressure
- Kill microbes
- Reduce inflammation
- Prevent the formation of blood clots
- Improve immune function
There are hundreds of different peptides all with different purposes and benefits. Some products may even contain several combinations of peptides that work together.
When looking for peptides in skin care products, look for words ending in “peptide” or beginning with “palmitoyl.” You make also see prefixes like -di, -tri, -hexa, -oligo, etc. to describe how many amino acids make up the peptide. Ex: dipeptide, tripeptide, etc. Peptides may also be classified as copper peptides and neuropeptides, which describes their chemical activity.
Some common names of peptides in skin care include:
Palmitoyl pentapeptide (a.k.a. MatrixylTM, MatrixylTM 3000, MatrixylTM Synthe 6, etc.)
Acetyl hexapeptide 3, 8, and 20 (a.k.a. Argireline)
Tripeptide 10 Citrulline
One of the benefits to not including any water in our formulations, besides making them much more concentrated that most skin care products on the market, is that the removal of water permits our plant derived peptides to remain stable and effective.
Water can sometimes denigrate some skin care ingredients, like peptides, or vitamin c, or other ingredients that might oxidize when it comes in contact with water (all for another blog post someday soon).
5 Benefits of Peptides in Skin Care
Peptides benefits are mainly anti-aging. If you’re looking for a skin care products that promote firm, smooth skin, then try out peptides in your skin care routine. Here are some of the many benefits of peptides.
Increase collagen synthesis
This is a big one because there’s a lot of hype surrounding collagen and whether or not skin care can successfully promote collagen production. While it’s still unclear whether skin care can help skin create more collagen, peptides have been proven to stimulate and renew collagen as well as decrease collagen breakdown.
A little goes a long way with peptides in terms of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. With just 3% of peptides in a topical formula, research participants experienced highly significant antiwrinkle effects. Because they have properties similar to collagen and they occur naturally in the skin, peptides are able to affect the skin on a deep, intense level.
Firmer, more elastic skin is another anti-aging benefit of peptides. This is because peptides may a major role in the structure of skin. Without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact, causing skin to become saggy. Topical peptides reinforce the building blocks of skin, allowing skin to keep its shape, firmness, and elasticity.
Peptides aren’t alone in skin. They go hand in hand with other proteins like elastin and keratin. Over time, the amount proteins in the dermis is significantly reduced, and skin begins to decline. Peptides can strengthen the proteins and connective tissue in the dermis that allow skin recover from injury and maintain its structure, making skin stronger.
Another benefit of peptides has emerged recently, and it's the effects on photoaging skin. When skin is chronically exposed to radiation, skin ages prematurely. This is known as photoaging, and it can cause discoloration, pigmentation, roughness, wrinkles, dryness, and more. Certain peptides can be used to improve skin texture that has specifically experienced photoaging.
Our Restorative Hydration Multi Tasking Cream is a great way to incorporate peptides into your skin care routine without the high cost:
We love using peptides in our skin care products, and they are quite capable of addressing various anti-aging skin care concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, and pigmentation, they make a great addition to anyone’s anti-aging skin care routine.