Have you seen a lot of beauty products popping up recently that advertise their use of peptides as a huge benefit?
Do you see that and think, well that must be good for my skin, so cool! Or do you think….well what the heck is that? Why should I care?
It turns out certain peptides are actually pretty cool, but they aren’t a one-stop wonder.
What is a peptide?
Peptides are made of long or short chains of amino acids and are the building blocks of proteins. Essentially, they send signals to your cells.
There are actually a whole lot of different peptides, so the peptides used in one product or brand may not be the same peptides used in others.
We even have peptides naturally occurring in our bodies as hormones, neuropeptides, and endorphins.
What can peptides do for your skin?
Since skin is primarily made of a protein called keratin, peptides can play an important role in your beauty routine.
Peptides made of shorts chains of amino acids are capable of penetrating the upper layers of skin.
They aren’t miracle workers all by themselves. But when combined with the right complementary ingredients, they can do really awesome things for your skin.
Most peptides act as a moisture-binding agent, so your skin stays moisturized longer. This also boosts your skin’s ability to create its own collagen and helps your skin repair itself.
So peptides support collagen production, which is important because you can’t just put collagen on your skin. Your body has to be able to produce it.
This all results in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, better moisture retention in your skin and more firmness.
Other peptides can aid in soothing irritated skin by reducing the skin’s inflammatory response and helping the skin repair itself.
Peptides for filling wrinkles
Cosmetic peptides are never going to be a direct alternative to Botox. While some peptides do have the capability of producing botox-like results, they would have to be classified as a medicine if they were used that way.
However, when used properly, certain peptides can definitely reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines because your skin is producing more collagen.
Which peptide is best?
Well, there actually isn’t a single best peptide or blend of peptides. And new ones are being discovered or created every single day.
So there are dozens of effective peptides for anti-aging.
Natural v Synthetic peptides
Peptides can be either natural or synthetic. So what’s better?
With society’s heavy focus on all-natural products, most people would assume that natural peptides are better.
But it’s actually the opposite when it comes to skincare. Synthetic peptides are often much more effective because they can be made in a way that makes them more stable and much more effective.
Some peptides can become unstable in water-based formulas or when mixed with certain enzymes. When those peptides are synthetically produced, they can withstand those environments. When they remain stable in the skincare product, as well as on and in your skin, that’s when the peptides can actually deliver their anti-aging benefits.
How peptides should be packaged
Skincare products with peptides need to be packaged in a way that keeps the peptides from degrading before you use them.
This means it needs to be protected from light and air exposure. And that’s why many serums that contain peptides will be individually packaged in single-use capsules.
If your peptide-filled product comes in a jar, then it might not be as effective at stimulating collagen production.
Look for products that are packaged in a way that maximizes the potency – Solid packaging that light won’t easily penetrate and single-use capsules or a sealed pump bottle.