Peptides

What are they?

Peptides are virtually pieces or building blocks of the skin, and specifically of the skin proteins. Not to be confused with the skin cells – peptides are even tinier parts.

What are they good for?

Peptides are used in the anti-ageing skin care. They can soothe the skin and make it firmer, acting in two ways. On one hand, peptides can send signals to the skin cells, saying “Produce more protein!”, on the other hand the skin can use peptides as building material.

Examples

There are plenty on the market. Most of them have the word “peptide” in the name, and so are easy to recognize. Usually with prefix and number in the end, E.g. tripeptide-1, hexapeptide-9 or Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14. Link to full list

Good to know

  • Skin proteins consisting of peptides remind a jigsaw puzzle. One cannot satiate the skin feeding it with one peptide only. And there is no best one. Better take a mixture of different peptides.
  • Peptides are quite sensitive to all kinds of damage. Though improved synthetic peptides are being produced, we recommend sticking to package recommendations strictly like keep cold, dark, or use within a certain time period.
  • Our skin enzymes can destroy peptides, reducing their effect. It is good to look for formulations including anti-oxidants besides peptides. Also keeping your skin clean before application does a good job.

Safety

Generally well-tolerated

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