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Skin Care With Peptides!

By Marilynn Syrett Published 06/25/2009 | Beauty
Peptides are a revolutionary skin care ingredient that has taken the world of skin care products by storm. In fact, it has been declared a “breakthrough” in anti aging formulations.

The skin is comprised of collagen and elastin fibers. While collagen supports the epidermis and makes the skin firm and taut, elastin maintains skin elasticity and allows the skin to stretch and strain without getting ruptured. Young people have lots of collagen and elastin. However, as we age, the levels of collagen and elastin begins to deplete and the skin becomes wrinkled and saggy.

Collagen is actually proteins comprised of long chain amino acids linked together with one another. When it breaks down, it forms short segments of 3-5 amino acids called peptides. However, peptides are not just junk collagen. Rather, they are active molecules that help to stimulate the cell regenerative process.

Topical applications of peptides have their share of benefits as well. In fact, peptides are an active ingredient in several anti aging formulations and help to diminish the appearance of the signs of aging and enhance the overall quality of the skin.

Here are some of the potential benefits of peptides.

Stimulate Collagen Production

As we age, the levels of collagen in our skin decreases along with its regenerative process. As a result, the skin quality deteriorates and it becomes thin and wrinkled.

When collagen breaks down, it leads to the formation of peptides. These peptides signal the skin about damage that has occurred and more collagen is produced. However, this self regenerative ability of the skin declines with age and thus these peptides have to be supplied topically to boost the production process.

Topical application of peptides willsignal the skin that there is damage even though it might not have occurred and prompts it to produce more collagen. This is how peptide skin care products stimulate collagen production and further reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Copper Delivery to the Skin

Peptides are very small molecules. Hence they are able to penetrate through the skin surface very easily. They parse through the protective barriers of the skin and enter the deeper layers. When peptides carry copper with them, they can deliver copper to the living layers inside the skin. Copper is a potent skin care ingredient that heals the skin and promotes healthy growth.

Copper peptides not only stimulate collagen production but also act as antioxidants. They heal the skin and promote its natural regenerative process. In addition, it also helps remove the damaged collagen contents. They are especially effective as post procedural therapies if you have undergone procedures like chemical peels or laser resurfacing. Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, copper peptides can soothe skin irritation and protect the skin against daily wear and tear.

Alternative to Botox

There are certain peptides that block the transmission of signals from nerves to the facial muscles. This further inhibits muscle contraction and promotes smooth skin. The effects are similar to Botox treatments.

Product Suggestions:

iS Clinical Super Serum
It is an amazing serum that prevents any signs of premature aging and reduces scars left behind by acne and blemishes. Being anti-acneic, it does not have side effects and helps to lighten the skin tone and improve skin quality. It contains pentapeptide amino acid that reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks on the skin.

Nia 24 Intensive Recovery Complex
It is a rich moisturizing cream that moisturizes the skin intensely and helps activate its regenerative powers. It contains a combination of active ingredients like ceramides, liposomes and peptides that make the skin firmer and more toned. It locks in the multi-level moisture and minimizes transepidermal water loss of the skin.

Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex
It is a superb cream that contains Dermaxyl Peptide Complex to reduce wrinkles and expression lines. It is neither too light nor too heavy and enhances the barrier function of your skin and accelerates the repair process by supplying moisture.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences. She has authored several articles about antiaging skin care products including many from Obagi and iS Clinical range of skin care products.