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 What are Peptides?

Peptides a buzz word that keeps cropping up in the blurb which accompanies some skin care products.

They are in fact ingredients in some skin care products and they are thought to have anti ageing effects, something that we are all interested in! When choosing a skin care product it is a good idea to find out what the ingredients are and what benefits they may have for you. 

Quite simply they are small chains of amino acids. Amino acids are present in all living cells and they form the building blocks of the proteins in your skin. They also play a crucial role in the physiological and biological functions of life!

The particular sequence of the amino acids in their chain creates different effects in the body. The functions of different peptides are; to calm inflammation, regulate the immune system, repair tissue, treat hyper-pigmentation and stimulate the growth of collagen which helps to plump out the skin and improve elasticity.

The peptides found in skin care products are probably synthetic but some companies are claiming to use naturally derived peptides.

Three common types of peptide used in skin care products are:

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide – 3 – it stimulates the production of collagen, increase skin elasticity and promotes skin strength and helping the skin to heal.

Acetyl Hexapeptide – 3 – this helps to relax some facial lines supposedly working a little like Botox.

Copper peptides – As peptides are so small they can penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers and if copper is attached it will reach the deeper layers aiding skin healing, promoting collagen production and it has antioxidant properties.

These products do not have to cost a great deal so look carefully at all products cheap and expensive to check out their benefit to you!

09 August 2013
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