Peptides provide many benefits to the skin and can be found in a variety of skincare products. Today, we’ll look into the function of peptides and what benefits they can offer your skincare regimen.
What are peptides?
Peptides are also known as polypeptides, and they are a naturally occurring feature of the skin. Peptides are the amino acids that makeup proteins such as collagen, hence their vital role in skin health. Collagen goes hand in hand with skin elasticity and firmer skin, which is why as we age and the amount of collagen production in our skin decreases, wrinkles and uneven texture can occur.
What can peptides do for the skin?
Collagen itself is too large of a molecule to be absorbed by the skin when applied topically, but peptide molecules are easily absorbed by the skin. This makes peptides a great option for skincare products, as peptides will stimulate the production of collagen. Peptides benefit the skin by encouraging firmness and smoothness, working to slow the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles.
Further, peptides help to protect your skin barrier, which is the body’s natural defense against bacteria, UV exposure, and environmental toxins such as pollution. Your skin barrier can be damaged by harsh chemicals, smoking, or other damaging behaviors, and peptides can help to provide resilience and build back up the skin’s defenses.
One final benefit of peptides is their ability to reduce inflammation, which can aid in repairing skin and evening out skin tone. As peptides are also antimicrobial, they may also prevent breakouts by eliminating bacteria that cause acne.
Peptides in Skincare FAQ:
Are peptides scientifically proven?
Peptides are gaining a body of clinical trials in the skincare field, though the research around them is still in development. Other ingredients such as retinol have more evidence behind them so far.
Are peptides expensive?
Peptide products can be expensive, but they also usually only require small-dose applications where “a little goes a long way.”
How do I pick a peptide to use?
You should consult a dermatologist or other trusted expert to pick a peptide that is right for your skin, as there are a variety of different types that may not suit every skin type or sensitivity level.
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