How do peptides help reduce the signs of aging?
Peptides have been all the rage in skincare for several years now. While scientists were aware of peptides back in the 1950s, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that copper peptides first started to appear in topical skin care. And even then, they took a back seat to the retinol products that were introduced in the 1970s.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the 21st century with the introduction of Palmitoyl Pentapeptides in skin care products that changed the way we think about peptides and their role in anti-aging skin care.
What is a peptide?
A peptide is a chain of amino acids; and amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Collagen is one of many critical proteins in the body, and is the protein responsible for giving our skin its thickness and suppleness.
As a result of the body’s natural aging process, along with external factors like sun exposure, illness, and exposure to environmental pollution, collagen begins to break down and wrinkles can form.
Peptides (some forms of peptides), when applied topically, can send a “signal” to the skin that it needs to produce new collagen – which helps keep skin looking smoother and younger.
Another form of peptide, called a neuropeptide, blocks transmission of signals from your nerves to your facial muscles, effectively “blocking” the repetitive muscle actions that can cause wrinkles. Essentially, those crow’s feet, smile lines, and 11s on your forehead are partly the result of repeated facial movements. While a neuropeptide can “block” that repetitive movement, it doesn’t “freeze” the muscles like an injection of Botox would. A neuropeptide “relaxes” the wrinkle response.
Are peptides effective?
Research is ongoing when it comes to peptides in skin care, but so far the research points to all peptides having skin-rejuvenating benefits. But there is no single “miracle” peptide that can make skin look younger right away.
As with any topical skin care ingredient, peptides rely on being blended with other ingredients to maximize their effectiveness. Peptides need a proper delivery system to make sure they are able to penetrate the skin. They are also susceptible to degradation, so they need to be blended with ingredients that won’t degrade the peptide.
How peptides have evolved
Since the introduction of palmitoyl pentapeptide, which helped stimulate collagen production, peptides have changed and evolved to encompass an even more comprehensive approach to anti-aging skin care. Peptides have been developed that can promote healthy function in the skin cells, balance moisture in the skin, and nourish skin with vital vitamins and minerals, as well as promoting the strengthening of the skin’s support structure.
Peptides, while not a magic potion, are an important part of an effective anti-aging skin care regimen. Mellisa B Naturally blends peptides with natural ingredients in our anti-aging skin care line to create products that are safe and effective.