Peptides: Let's Talk Science, Undergarments and Cheerleading
You’ve probably seen plenty of skin care products touting the anti-aging benefits of peptides. But what exactly are peptides and what do they do?
To get a better understanding, let’s talk science, undergarments and cheerleading.
First, some basics about skin. Of the complex network of cells, sebaceous glands, follicles and proteins that create the canvas for your being and protect you from the environment, collagen and elastin make up more than 75%. These two proteins are responsible for providing the support and elasticity that keeps skin looking firm, supple and youthful.
As we age, skin’s ability to produce collagen is diminished, so instead of a firm lift, we get saggy granny pants. Wrinkles form. Skin sags. Luster lacks.
This is where peptides come in. Short molecular chains of amino acids, peptides are the building blocks of protein. Applied topically, they have a “remarkable antiwrinkle effect.” In scientific terms, peptides work by stimulating the fibroblast cells in the dermis to produce collagen and elastin. In cheerleading terms, peptides are the varsity, all-star pep squad driving the collagen/elastin team to victory.
Versatile powerhouse peptides can also provide an alternative to injectable fillers by inhibiting the receptors that contract facial muscles. Crow’s feet are especially receptive because the skin in that area is thin and the muscle is close to the surface. If you choose to use injectable fillers, peptide products can extend their effectiveness.
Because peptides are a booster for your body’s natural collagen and elastin production, the effects aren’t immediate. It may take four to 12 weeks to see significant results and you need to keep applying peptide products to keep the effects going. But since collagen and elastin are essential to healthy, youthful skin, the incomparable results are worth the wait.