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Peptides are the building blocks that make up protein formed by a chain of amino acids that become collagen, elastin and keratin in the skin. These proteins are the foundation of your skin and are responsible for its texture, strength and resilience. When we’re younger, collagen is produced at a higher rate which in turn slows down as we get older. The most prominent reason for the breakdown of collagen is ageing however there are other behavioural and environmental factors that come into play such as the exposure to UV radiation and smoking.
The most natural way to reduce the appearance of ageing is to encourage your skin’s production of collagen which can be done through applying natural peptides onto the skin topically which increases your body’s production of peptides. Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin whereas peptides are small enough to do so, which means they can signal the skin to repair itself.
There are various benefits to using peptides, it can reduce inflammation, prevent the formation of blood clots, act as antioxidants and also improve the immune function. Peptides are also used to treat wrinkles and as collagen deteriorates, it produces certain peptides so you can successfully minimize wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance.
In our range of products, numerous brands use peptides including PCA Skin. PCA Skin infuses ingredients such as Acetyl Hexapeptide which works by minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It reinforces proteins naturally occurring in the skin and repairs the barriers function while increasing firmness and hydration.
They also incorporate myristoyl nonapeptide which is a novel peptide that mimics retinoic acid to increase cell turnover and to promote the synthesis of collagen, but without causing the skin to feel irritated or stinging. Furthermore, they also use acetyl tetrapeptide which is known to have moisturising qualities and helps to reduce eye puffiness and dark circles as well as improve skin elasticity and overall smoothness.
Osmosis also uses a wide variety of peptides including Synth 6, which is a wrinkle filler derived from tripeptides compromise of 6 amino acids that help to rebuild the skin and form the matrix of collagen.