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What are peptides – and why are they important for skincare?

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Chances are you’ve heard this word floating around in the world of skincare, but aren’t too sure what it means, or why you need to make them a part of your routine. While you might not completely understand what peptides are (yet!) or how they work, they are an essential addition to many effective products that combat against common signs of maturing skin, such as:
  • Fine lines
  • Thinning skin
  • Lack of buoyancy or suppleness
  • Dryness

So how exactly do peptides help with these common skin concerns? Let’s take a look!

What are Peptides?

In its most basic explanation, peptides are amino acid chains that serve as building blocks for protein in the body. As organic compounds, amino acids help to create protein – and they serve other important functions for the skin including making sure that nutrients are properly transported, as well as providing proteins the necessary structures needed to remain healthy and viable.

After amino acids combine, they create chains known as peptides. These chains can range in length from short to long, but longer amino acid chains serve as the foundation for proteins.

Protein is an important component in skin – while most of us focus on consuming enough of it as part of a healthy lifestyle, protein is a major part of what makes up the skin, tissues and organs throughout the body! Collagen is one such vital protein – in fact, between 75 and 80 percent of the skin is made up of collagen. In addition to elastin and keratin, collagen is a crucial component in keeping skin healthy and supple; however through the natural aging process and the environment, the body’s ability to maintain ample collagen levels gradually decreases over time, leading to the development of fine lines, loss of skin firmness and thinning skin.

Collagen is typically what’s responsible for that youthful glow – when skin is younger, collagen production is at a much higher level! This protein is what gives skin smoothness, suppleness and a radiant glow.

So to recap, amino acids create peptides, and peptides are responsible for forming proteins, such as collagen. Since the aging process naturally reduces collagen production, finding the right skincare products to help restore collagen into the skin is ideal – which is why peptides are becoming even more popular in the world of skincare!

Peptides and Skincare

One way to fight back against the natural decline of collagen is to choose skincare products that are packed full of peptides and other skin-friendly ingredients. In creams and serums, the use of short-chain amino acids helps reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines.

Why short-chain amino acids?

These chains, as opposed to the longer amino acid chains, allow peptides to effectively penetrate into the skin’s layers, encouraging the skin cells to ramp up the level of collagen production. Essentially, when you apply peptides to the skin topically, you’re giving cells the hint that it needs to do better in the collagen production department – thus prompting skin cells to develop collagen for areas that need it the most.

In addition to reducing common signs of aging, peptides are also very helpful in repairing skin, especially when experiencing some skin conditions such as dermatitis.

How to Use Peptides in a Skincare Routine

No matter what your age, peptides are a great addition to any skincare routine. Environmental factors, such as oxidative stress and pollution, also begin to break down collagen production early on – so the use of peptides helps firm and protect skin from exposure to free radicals and other stressful factors.

Incorporating peptides into a skincare routine is as simple as adding a serum with your daily moisturizer, or adding an eye cream to help reduce fine lines that typically develop around the eye’s thin and delicate skin.

PeptiDerm Firming Serum contains a multiplex of peptides, all of which work together to increase the skin’s elasticity and firmness. In addition to reducing the appearance of fine lines, the Firming Serum also protects the skin against environmental factors that speed up the aging process! Simply smooth a dropper full of serum to the entire face, neck and decollate, then follow up with your favorite hydrating moisturizer.

For those with mature skin or if you find that your skin is losing firmness, PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream is packed full of beneficial peptides and other hydrating ingredients to provide skin a healthy and supple texture – in addition to infusing plenty of moisture and oxygen to fight back against dryness, giving your skin that radiant glow you want.

Want to fight back against common signs of aging? Check out our limited edition, Wrinkle Rebellion Kit that contains beneficial peptide products! Contact a Sanitas Skincare supplier to learn more about this kit!

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