Have you heard the buzzword “peptides” in the skincare world? Are they worth all the hype? YES!
It’s important we know the ingredients we apply on our skin. Just like we would research ingredients in our food, we want to know what is being absorbed in our body and whether or not it’s going to help us get the results we are looking for.
Peptides are the lesser-known skin care ingredient, but it’s one that’s worth talking about.
What are Peptides?
Peptides are the building blocks of protein. Collagen is the most important protein within your skin. Collagen lies just beneath the outer layer of your skin, It’s what helps your skin look smooth and firm, which is everything we all strive for. We all want that radiant glow, right?
As our skin continues to age and is impacted by the sun, we produce less collagen. So, we lose the smooth and firm look we once had when we were younger.
So peptides are proteins, like collagen, that act as messengers to the skin to help with the firmness and elasticity.
What Peptides do for Skin?
Peptides act as an alert system to inform our bodies to make more collagen. Using products containing peptides on the skin is a way of letting our skin know it’s run out of the collagen and that we need to create more.
When we lose collagen, it leads to sagging, aged skin. When we create more collagen in the skin’s top layer, it helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pigmentation on sun-damaged skin, and improves elasticity.
Peptides in your Products
There are different kinds of peptides added to an array of products. It’s important that you choose the peptide most beneficial for your skin.
As far as the product, serum or moisturizer is best as it is able to absorb into the top layer of the skin, as opposed to a face wash you immediately rinse off. It’s also important for the product to be stabilized and contain a significant amount in order to reap those benefits.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide is the most effective peptide for firm looking skin. It is an active ingredient in Matrixyl 3000, which consists of short-chain amino acids to help promote even skin tone and fine lines. It’s found in many budget-friendly skincare products
Ultimately, we can expect to see smooth and firm looking skin after consistently using a peptide-based product. Shop strategically when looking at skincare ingredients and your skin will thank you for it.