Reverse Skin Damage with Peptides
There is a vast array of new skincare products with high-tech ingredients designed to enhance the skin and improve its function while helping to correct some of the major causes and effects of aging. Many of these high-tech ingredients fall into the broad category of antioxidants – including Peptides.
Many skincare products claim that peptides will improve the look of wrinkles, plump the skin and reverse the signs of aging. But what are peptides, and do they actually make the skin look younger?
To understand how peptides work, it helps to understand a little about the skin. Our skin is made up mostly of collagen – collagen is what gives your skin its support and thickness. Young people have lots of collagen, giving the skin a tight, smooth look and feel. As we age, we lose collagen, resulting in skin that is thin and wrinkled, and will eventually sag.
Peptides are tiny protein fragments – chains of amino acids that function as “messengers” with their ‘cell-communicating’ abilities. In the body, peptides work to rebuild and repair cell damage. They regulate the activity of many systems by interacting with target cells. Some peptides have hormonal activity, others have immune activity, some are cell-communicating ingredients that tell cells how to react and what to do, some are believed to play a role in wound healing, and still others are believed to affect the pathology of skin conditions.
Given all that, peptides are so attractive to manufacturers of cosmetic and skincare products, that many are including peptides in their formulations. Creating a peptide formula that works at the cellular level is not easy, but cosmetics scientists are confident that these products, if formulated correctly, will have significant potential in the realm of anti-aging skin-care ingredients.
A few things you should know about peptides and how they work:
Peptides Signal Your Skin to Make More Collagen– When we age, collagen is destroyed but not replaced. When collagen breaks down, it forms specific peptides. These peptides act as a signal to tell your skin it was damaged and to make new collagen.
Applying specific peptides directly to the skin tricks it into thinking that it has lost collagen and needs to make more. The most popular ‘signal peptide’ for cosmetic use is palmitoyl pentapeptide. This peptide stimulates collagen production, improves skin elasticity, repairs sun damaged skin and can diminish wrinkles.
Peptides as a Facial Relaxer – Neuropeptides block the transmission of signals from nerves to your facial muscles, resulting in smoother, more relaxed facial lines – much like Botox does. At this time there is no scientific data supporting the efficacy of neuropeptides, so purchase neuropeptide creams at your own risk and evaluate the results for yourself.
There are plenty of claims by manufacturers about the benefits of peptides. Some peptides do deliver on the promise, such as signal peptides and copper peptides. Others contain added ingredients to hydrate even the driest skin. But getting peptides into the skin is a complex matter. Unless the product is formulated in the right way, it will simply sit on the surface of the skin without penetrating the deeper layers, and will be ineffective and useless.
In future articles, we will evaluate the claims of some of the most popular peptide creams, examine their ingredients, and compare different products.
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