Peptides are chains of amino acids that form building blocks within the skin. There are 20 amino acids that can be used as the “Peptide Alphabet”.
Combine two or more of these amino acids and link them, and you have started a peptide chain. These chains send specific messages that benefit the overall health and structure of the skin.
Mix and match amino acids and you can create thousands of peptide combinations performing cell to cell communication that impact the skin on a multitude of levels.
What messages do they send?
- Promote collagen and elastin production – fibroblast activity
- Increase firmness
- Prevent muscle contraction
- Reduce inflammation and puffiness
- Thicken the dermal matrix
- Even skin tone
- Heal and repair
How do I know if my skincare contains peptides?
As there are several peptides used in skincare, it is not always easy to identify them by name only. Look in the ingredient list (INCI) for names like Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (also known as Matrixyl, a neuropeptide that reduces fine lines), Acetyl Hexapeptide (Argireline, a muscle relaxing peptide), Palmitoyl Tripeptide (a skin firming peptide), Myristoyl Pentapeptide (a peptide known to increase skin hydration) or Hexanoyl Dipeptide (a cell renewing peptide).