Peptides, Collagen, and You
What are peptides? They are short chains of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds, and are closely related to protein. Put simply, the shorter chain molecules are called peptides while longer chains are called proteins. Peptides and proteins are present in every living cell and are responsible for many biochemical activities including acting in enzyme and hormones. Now, what does that have to do with your face?
Naturally found in the skin, peptides encourage the production of collagen and elastin to maintain healthy skin cells and give skin a plumper, younger look. Collagen forms a structure of connective fibers that makes the skin soft, supple and youthful-looking. It is like the scaffolding that holds the skin up, making it firm and healthy. Without ample collagen, the skin loses its elasticity and plumpness, resulting in a dull and aged appearance.
Collagen production starts to decline when you reach your mid 20′s and declines even more during menopause. As a result, skin sags and wrinkles form. Since collagen is a protein that is made up of peptide bonds, peptides play a crucial role in collagen production. When you are young, as collagen breaks down the protein chains break up into smaller chains of peptides. The resulting peptide chains send signals to the body to produce more collagen. Applying peptides directly to the skin through a good skin care product tricks the skin into thinking that it has lost collagen recently and needs to produce more.
Using a good peptide product is crucial, as peptides break down easily. Combining them with the wrong ingredients may hinder their ability to penetrate and work properly. You want a product which combines the right ingredients with the right peptides. At Privy Skin Care we use the best products, in the right combinations, to give you the results you want.
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