Peptides, anti-ageing care nuggets.
In the family of anti-ageing allies to preserve your youth, you have inevitably already heard of retinol or hyaluronic acid, which you see everywhere.
But have you ever heard of peptides?
In this article, we reveal to you this family of ingredients that are a bit mysterious, yet a real nugget to counter the signs of time.
What are peptides?
Peptides are chains of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds, and amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
For example, proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin occur naturally in our skin, hair and nails.
Peptides occur naturally in the body, and there are many types, all with their own unique properties and functions.
Benefits of peptides for the skin:
Peptides play a very complex role in our beauty.
In a nutshell, they send 'building' messages to your cells to increase the production of beauty proteins such as elastin and collagen.
When you use a collagen-rich skincare product, it has a hard time penetrating your skin.
Peptides, on the other hand, are small enough to penetrate to the core of the skin and stimulate your cells to produce their own collagen.
Your skin then becomes more efficient in its regeneration.
The two types of peptides:
There are different types of peptides that can be included in skincare, each performing a specific function.
The most common are signal peptides, which tell your skin cells to go into repair mode to increase collagen production.
There are also carrier peptides. These attach to another ingredient, such as retinol, vitamin C or a moisturiser, to make it penetrate deeper into the skin cells.
Who are peptides for?
Nowadays, who doesn't want to achieve younger, smoother, firmer skin?
Indeed, everyone can benefit from their use, even as a preventative measure. Unlike many other collagen-boosting ingredients - such as retinoids and vitamin C, which can often have irritating side effects - peptides are generally quite well tolerated by everyone.
They also offer as effective a result as other potentially irritating ingredients for sensitive skin.
Although you should always consult your midwife or gynaecologist, they can also be used during pregnancy.
Peptides are essential ingredients in the fight against skin ageing.
Therefore, they should be part of our daily arsenal, as stimulating our cells to behave like young people must be done on a daily basis.
But remember, using products with a cocktail approach of beneficial ingredients as well as sun protection is the best approach to improve the appearance of your skin.