You may have heard of adding peptides to your skincare routine, and while they may not get as much attention as retinols and hyaluronic acid, they are growing in popularity because they offer some great benefits for your skin.
Peptides are, scientifically speaking, short amino acid chains that your body uses to build proteins like collagen, keratin, and elastin. Your body uses these ingredients as the foundation for repairing skin and giving it more strength and resilience. Topical peptides—the ones you find in skincare products—are like triggers that signal your skin to produce more collagen and giving it more elasticity and bounce. As we age our skin produces less collagen, losing some of that elasticity and increasing the appearance of wrinkles.
Peptides vs Collagen Supplements
You may be wondering why you couldn’t just use a product with collagen in it to increase collagen levels in your skin. A number of oral collagen supplements have popped up on store shelves recently, however if taken orally it only ends up in your stomach and is digested through the gut—never showing up as a benefit to your skin. Also, topical collagen molecules in skincare are too large to be absorbed into your skin so they don’t work either.
Peptides also provide other skin benefits that collagen supplements alone can’t offer:
- Skin barrier: your skin is your body’s defense against bacteria, toxins, and other environmental hazards. Peptides applied topically can provide an added layer of protection to prevent skin damage.
- Plumping: peptides help plump and firm skin so fine lines are less visible.
- Firming: elastin fibers in peptides help pull the skin together so it looks firm and not saggy.
- Repair: peptides can help reduce inflammation and repair skin damaged by the sun.
- Breakouts: in the right combination, peptides can also help clear acne and reduce breakouts.
Finding the Right Combination
One of the most important things to know about peptides is that they are not the only thing you need for healthy, beautiful skin. They are one tool to use in fighting the signs of aging, inflammation, and sun damage, but they should be used in combination with other key ingredients for maximum benefit. Additionally, there are some ingredients that can reduce the effectiveness of peptides, so it’s important to know what not to use in combination with your peptide skincare products.
At Skintherapy we have an amazing product containing two of the most popular peptides on the market today. To learn more about the Deluxe Plus Serum, visit our website or schedule a virtual or in-office consultation with one of our skincare professionals. We can help you find the right peptides and other products to reverse the signs of aging, fight acne, and improve overall skin tone and appearance.