Peptides, What are they ?
Peptides are fragments of proteins. On their own, peptides are made up of amino acids. When amino acids are combined in certain formations they create specific peptides, and when peptides are formed in a certain way, they make specific proteins.
Proteins are the fundamental building blocks of skin. Without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact and the result is loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did.
How Peptides in Your Skin Care Work
So if peptides are already present within the body, why do we need more of them? The answer, according to experts, is aging. We lose 1% of our remaining collagen per year after age 30.
But simply slathering peptides onto your skin doesn’t necessarily give you more of them. Your body sees these peptides as ‘signals’ that you need to heal, which tells your body to produce more collagen where you need it most. If you are healing from an injury in your ankle, those peptides will signal your body to focus its repair efforts in that joint. 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 exogenous 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.
How to Get More Peptides
Finding the right product type can go a long way too. For example, instead of choosing a peptide-enriched cleanser, we recommend opting for products that are not easily washed off the skin, like a moisturizer, eye cream or serum. we also suggest opting for products that also introduce niacinamide, vitamin C and antioxidants into the mix, Once you find the right cream or serum for you, we recommends applying it to clean skin twice daily, under makeup and SPF.
Aside from topical products, incorporating collagen-rich foods like bone broth, and adding a reputable collagen supplement to your diet, can also work wonders for your skin.
Are Peptides Safe ?
Every day, we ingest peptides found naturally in the food we eat and produce even more peptides made by our own bodies. So, when a product claims it contains peptides, it is nothing unusual.
Because peptides generally are the byproducts of digestion-and are, therefore, molecules that the human body has been exposed to for years-researchers hope that they will be found to be safer than new, engineered drugs that may have unexpected effects in the body. If the body has no problems digesting soybeans, they argue, then there is no reason a dose of a peptide that comes from soybeans should cause problems. But even if this is the case, biopeptides that are truly biologically active must be tested in rigorous trials to ensure that they do what they say and are safe for consumers and patients.