Thanks to the development of the latest technological advances in the cosmetic industry, we are now able to expand our knowledge of how the human skin can be cared for more effectively.
In recent years, the word “peptides” has appeared often when it comes to skincare treatments. This word refers to molecules made mostly of amino acids. Although the term was already known in the 50s, the term did not become popular until the 80s when the first copper peptides were introduced in the skincare market.
Technically speaking, peptides are a kind of building blocks of protein that conform our skin. When peptides make a short chain of amino acids, they are able to gain access to the topmost layers in our skin. Moreover, by signalling our cells, further information on how the skin develops is provided and regenerative functions can be triggered.
How Peptides Work
There are many different types of proteins and collagen is one of the most relevant to our skin and its well-being. This is one of the reasons why so many products containing collagen are available on the market these days.
As it turns out, peptides applied topically can positively influence the way our skin develops. Moreover, the effects of ageing in our bodies can be limited or prevented when these substances are applied locally. The effects of collagen for example, include having a suppler and leaner skin, among many others benefits.
In general, peptides can be said to prevent ageing mainly due to two positive qualities: antioxidant powers and cell-regeneration capacity. Translated into cosmetics, this power helps peptide-based treatments to not only rejuvenate the skin, but also heal any possible damage found in the many dermal layers.
Some peptides are helpful in addressing specific skin issues, such as depth of wrinkles for instance. Others on the other hand, have an overall effect, like improving skin’s smoothness or tone.
In all cases, direct application in the form of lotions or serums is the simplest way of creating an effective impact. Also, users must bear in mind that results will take as long as 12 weeks to show. This is mainly because the effects are not only progressive, but cumulative as well. Finally, if the peptide-based treatment is discontinued or interrupted, it will begin to show. Therefore, continuity is vital to ensure better results.
To better understand the role o peptides in our skin, we should first take a look at some specific details of the skin structure that are key in understanding certain concepts.
As it was mentioned earlier, peptides are a kind of building block used to make up the skin structure. If we are to continue with the builder metaphor, we must say that the way the skin is conformed is similar to a brick wall. The corneocytes would be the bricks whereas the lipids are the mortar. Peptides are modified by means of a fatty acid component which enables the substance to be absorbed into the skin.
Even when many beauty products are advertised as having powerful peptide benefits, users should look for the best quality. At Advanced Dermatology, top-class products can be found that have been exclusively developed by skin specialists.
Endowed with collagen or Elastin, these specialised serums provide a true facelift in a bottle as users can actually tap their skin’s natural capacity to:
- Smooth out face lines.
- Fill in skin creases.
- Reveal newer, rejuvenated skin.
- Even out spots, marks and scars.
- Restore youthful firmness and natural skin tone.
Finally, the greatest asset the dermatological world has achieved with peptides is their capacity to behave as a sort of natural vaccine against ageing.