Peptides… if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will – Peptides have become a buzz word for anti-aging skincare products. There are so many questions around peptides, and we are here to help answer them!
What are Peptide
First, in order to understand peptides and how they work, we need to know what they are. Peptides have the same chemical structure as proteins (except they are shorter) and are made up of amino acids. Peptides are active molecules that send signals to your cells.
Peptides are used in cosmetics for different reasons depending on the type of peptide used. For example, when collagen breaks down, it forms a specific peptide that signal to your skin that it was damaged and needs to make more collagen. So by applying peptides topically, we are tricking our skin into thinking that it has lost collagen and needs to make more.
Different Kinds of Peptides
There are four types of peptides used in cosmetics; neurotransmitter peptides, carrier peptides, signal peptides and enzyme inhibitor peptides.
This type of peptide works by delaying neurotransmissions that cause muscle contractions. This is the most common type of peptide found in skincare. These peptides are added to cosmetics to reduce wrinkles because they inhibit muscle movement.
A well-known and extreme peptide is the botulism toxin (Botox). There are less invasive versions that have been developed for topical use that relax the muscles of facial expression. These peptides have been known to reduce certain types of wrinkles by approximately 30%.
This type of peptide carries trace elements such as copper or magnesium to the skin, which help with wound repair. These specific trace elements have been known to improve collagen synthesis, elasticity of the skin and overall skin appearance.
This type of peptide initiates specific responses within the skin. For example, a peptide that stimulates collagen synthesis or improving lymphatic circulation. These peptides are added into skin care products because they can stimulate the skin cells to produce more collagen, elastin and other proteins in the dermis.
Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides
IThis type of peptide can reduce the breakdown of collagen by interfering with the process that break down the protein. For example, some enzymes degrade structural proteins like collagen and elastin. An enzyme inhibitor peptide can inhibit this activity, thus keeping more collagen around.
These peptides are commonly derived from rice and soy proteins.
Inspira: Absolue Anti-Wrinkle Serum
An innovative serum with an oil-like texture developed for dry, stressed skin that’s prone to wrinkles and lines. The high-tech peptide, Matrixyl Synthe’6, reduces crow’s feet and wrinkles significantly.
Katrine Marso Supreme Cream
This day cream stimulates and regenerates cellular detoxification. The Hexapeptide (derived from biotechnology) improves the skin’s appearance by stimulating elasticity and density.
Beaute Active Rich Active Peel off Mask
The Rich Active Peel Off Filmalgine mask firms the facial contours and lifts the skin surface thanks to soy peptides.
About Esthetics Edge
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