Most people start taking their skincare seriously when the signs of ageing appear. This is when they come across Peptides as their miracle saver!
But what exactly are peptides and how do they help your skin?
Let’s find out the science behind the peptides, how they are beneficial for your skin and how can you include them in your skincare regimen.
What Are Peptides?
We have all heard of the essential protein for our skin and hair, which is collagen. Well, peptides are long chains of amino acids, that build up the proteins like collagen and elastin.
Their significance lies in giving our face the firmness and smoothness we desire. Without peptides; and thereof lack of collagen, our skin cells will fail to hold together resulting in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin.
They are equally important in supporting the structure of elastin fibres that provides elasticity and firmness to our skin tissue. This helps us with a smooth texture and an overall fine appearance.
These are just a few of the skin-related uses of peptides. Apart from these, peptides have a plethora of roles; acting as a biological messenger, building blocks for hormones and enzymes and fueling our cell’s energy.
Why Do We Need Peptides?
One might wonder, if our body is naturally producing collagen, why do we need them externally?
This is because as we age, our body slows down the production of collagen and elastin. According to a renowned dermatologist, Dr Robinson, “We lose 1% of our remaining collagen per year after age 30”
In addition, our skin’s communication channels are also compromised as we grow old. The resulting signs of ageing starts to appear on our skin, particularly our face in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
When we apply these peptides topically, in the form of a moisturizer or serum where they are more likely to penetrate the skin; our body receives them as signals to create more collagen and elastic to begin a repairing process.
So if your skin is showing signs of premature ageing, these peptides will stimulate the production of collagen and even hyaluronic acid to restore your skin to its youthful glory.
Types of Peptides in Skin Care
There are many different kinds of peptides all of which function in a unique way to target specific skin concerns. Among these, there are a few peptides that are more effective for the skin than others.
Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides works by slowing down the skin’s natural breakdown of collagen.
Carrier Peptides function by carrying trace minerals to the skin to boost collagen production
Signal Peptides signal the body to increase its collagen production where applied
Neurotransmitter Peptides release chemicals that causes muscle contraction to smooth the fine lines.
These peptides are available in many skin care products to be applied topically. However, it is of vital importance to know your product, its formulation and what it’s meant to do. Our experts at White Rock Spa highly recommend that you consult your dermatologist regarding the best use of peptides for you. When used correctly, it can transform your skin to look younger, radiant and fuller.