Peptides are strings of amino acids that are the building blocks of elastin fibers and collagen, the primary proteins that make up our skin—and also keep it taught, firm and youthful-looking in appearance. They are essential proteins that keep skin’s structural and functional components intact. Here are six reasons to add peptides into your own daily skincare routine.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT…
OVERALL CLINICAL DATA ON SPECIFIC INGREDIENT(S) & HOW THEY FUNCTION:
1. PEPTIDES HAVE AN AMAZING ANTI-WRINKLE EFFECT
Research has shown that topical usage of peptides can reduce both the length and depth of wrinkles in the skin, making them a key ingredient in any anti-aging skin care routine. Certain peptides can even have a relaxing effect on underlying facial muscles, which is why they’ve been lauded as a topical alternative to Botox.
2. PEPTIDES PENETRATE THE SKIN BARRIER EXCEPTIONALLY WELL
While some skin care ingredients sit on top of the skin when applied, peptides are small enough in size to effectively penetrate its outer barrier, the top layer of the skin, and thus get to work on a deeper level. Peptides themselves are made up of small chains of amino acids, which is what allows them to penetrate skin more deeply.
3. PEPTIDES BOOST THE SKIN'S NATURAL COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
Everyone’s natural ability to produce collagen—in both the skin and elsewhere in the body—declines with age. Collagen is crucial for overall skin health, as it’s the primary protein that comprises its structure. When applied topically, peptides send a signal to the body to heal itself via increased collagen production, which results in healthier skin (and fewer wrinkles). Bottom line: Using peptides topically can help stimulate the continued production of collagen, resulting in plumper, younger-looking and overall healthier skin in the long-term.
4. PEPTIDES HELP STRENGTHEN THE SKIN BARRIER
A healthy skin barrier is essential to healthy skin; it works to keep the good stuff in (such as moisture), while simultaneously keeping the bad out (such as bacteria). When the skin barrier becomes weak and cracked, skin issues such as acne, eczema and rosacea can ensue. Topical application of skin care products formulated with peptides can strengthen the skin barrier, helping to keep it intact and in turn, helping keep our skin healthy.
Using peptides topically can help stimulate the continued production of collagen.
5. PEPTIDES HAVE ANTI INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
Inflammation anywhere is never beneficial, and the skin is no exception. Peptides contain antioxidants, which fight off free radicals from the environment (such as UV rays and air pollution), thereby mitigating oxidative stress on the skin and having an overall anti-inflammatory effect.
6. PEPTIDES HELP EVEN OUT SKIN TONE AND TEXTURE
When collagen production increases, skin becomes plumper, clearer and healthier—and in turn, skin texture and tone become evened out. If rough, uneven skin texture or tone is a primary skin concern, adding peptides into your regular routine will help promote improvement and balance in both areas.
Our Multi-Peptide Eye Cream. Formulated with our proprietary multi-peptide blend, this lightweight yet potent eye cream is packed with peptides that help nourish the eye area, stave off visible signs of aging and brighten dark circles.
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Please note any Naturium products with referenced ingredients are formulated for Cosmetic Use Only and NOT intended as replacements for physician pharmaceutical product recommendations.