Your skin is constantly getting damaged from external elements such as UV rays, pollution, dirt, etc. as well as internal factors like free radicals. As a result, your skin is also in a constant state of healing and rejuvenation.
However, as you age, your skin’s ability to heal and regrow decreases with time. The production of collagen – the protein that gives your skin its elasticity and keeps it firm and smooth – also decreases with growing age, leading to less elastic, loose skin with more wrinkles and fine lines.
Anti-aging skincare is aimed at protection from these harmful external factors, mitigating the damage from free radicals (with the help of anti-oxidants), promoting rejuvenation of the skin, and boosting the production of collagen.
There are so many products in the skincare market that promise miraculous effects, that it can get daunting to choose what to use and what to avoid. One of the emerging trends in anti-aging skincare is Peptides. But how effective are peptides in maintaining the youthful glow of your skin? Read on to find out!
What are Peptides?
Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins such as collagen or elastin. These proteins are important constituents of your skin.
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Benefits of Peptides
Despite their large size (greater than 500 Dalton, meaning they are not readily absorbed by the skin), peptides have been shown to be quite effective when applied topically.
Peptides signal your skin cells to produce more collagen. The effect is firmer, supple, and youthful skin with reduced wrinkles and fine lines. A noticeable difference can be seen within a few weeks of using peptides, while you will have to use them for a few months to see complete benefits.
Peptides also improve your skin barrier and protect it against damage from bacteria, pollution, UV rays, and other harmful external elements. Moreover, they have some antimicrobial activity as well, so they may be effective against acne as well.
And they are great for sensitive skin too! Unlike retinoids, peptides do not irritate your skin and can be incorporated into your skincare regime with minimal worries.
In what Form can I use Peptides?
Peptides are best utilized as constituents of Moisturizers or Serums not to mention of facial sheet masks, as they get to stay with your skin and act for a prolonged time. On the other hand, peptides in cleansers won’t be as beneficial since they would be quickly washed away.
Can Peptides be Combined with other Skincare Products?
The short answer is Yes! Peptides can be combined with retinoids and vitamin C for enhanced anti-aging effect. They also work well when paired with other ingredients including collagen and ceramide.
Research on peptides is still in its early stages, but it has already been shown that they are quite effective in promoting collagen production, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and making your skin look firmer and younger.