Peptides are often lauded as one of the most effective skincare of ingredients. But what are they and what do they do?
Peptides are compounds which consist of two or more amino acids linked in a chain. Longer chains of amino acids are called proteins. Both amino acids and proteins are found naturally in the skin.
Because of their bio-availability, peptides are able to penetrate into the outer layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to remind them to function as they should – to promote collagen production and repair compromised cell structure.
So why is this important?
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins, found in almost every part of our body, from our bones to our digestive system and of course provides an important function for our skin. It primarily provides strength, structure and elasticity; it allows our skin to bounce back. As we grow older collagen production decreases which gives way to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles; skin becomes rougher and less supple. Peptides, in essence are able to kick our collagen into gear!
Although collagen can not be absorbed into the skin, the production of collagen can be enhanced with the use of skin specific peptides. Now, not all peptides are made equally and there are very many peptides on the market. We use one called SYN-COLL, otherwise known as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5; a patented lab made peptide synthesised from natural sources. It works to imitate the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen and also blocking it’s degradation. This in turn promotes a more lifted and smoother appearance to the skin.
Using the right peptide at the right level may have the following effects:
You can find this skin perfecting ingredient in our Daily Rejuvenator as well as many other synergistic ingredients.