What Are Peptides And How Do I Use Them In My Skin Care?

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Peptides have been used in skin care for almost two decades now, with many products containing different peptides and claiming - sometimes - miraculous results, but the question that's on most of our lips is what are peptides and how do they work?

A peptide is something between an amino acid and a protein. Two or more amino acids combined with the building blocks of protein can make a peptide, while two or more peptides can make up a protein.

Before we go into details, let’s first take note of the fact that there are different types of peptides with different actions, such as skin tightening peptides, muscle-relaxing peptides, skin lightening and self-tanning peptides, as well as quite a few other ones with various properties which work to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production.

How Do Peptides Work?

Skin firming peptides are fragments of collagen which work to fool skin cells into believing that there is less collagen in the skin than there should be. This creates a higher intensive collagen production by the cells, as collagen is the skin’s firming protein, more collagen means more firmness and more lifted skin. Similarly, other peptides mimic elastin, for stimulation of elastin synthesis and increased skin elasticity.

So Are Peptides Worth It?

Again, a peptide cream would never be as good as skin lifting surgery, but they do offer a nice, gradual effect with low cost and almost no risk, meaning that they are definitely worth considering. With a high end peptide cream you can have a gradual anti-ageing effect in a natural way, with the mere application of the cream twice a day and without the drama and risks of Botox injections or surgery, not a miracle, but these actives do work in the background to fight off ageing and boost skin radiance.