Peptides, Protein and Collagen: The Building Blocks of Healthy Skin
If your desire (like most people) is to have dewy, healthy and age-defying skin, you’ll want to use active ingredients that work towards those goals.
Having a line up of skincare products that include ingredients like vitamin C, antioxidants, peptides, and plant stem cells has been shown to keep skin looking fresh and fabulous even as the years fly by.
We love all of these ingredients and at SunWindSnow we make sure to include all these botanically-based components to help you nourish, protect and restore your skin.
Peptides are an ingredient in many of our products. You may already know a lot about them or have vague memories from highschool classes.
Need a refresher?
We don’t blame you! Let’s cover a few important scientific factors of peptides:
- Peptides depend on proteins and amino acids
- Proteins are the building blocks of your body, especially your skin (collagen!)
- Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
- Short and long chains of amino acids form peptides and those chains of peptides form proteins.
All three of these elements (proteins, peptides and amino acids) depend on each other. In fact, according to Dr. Jwala Karnik,“While collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, peptides are small enough to penetrate the skin, [and] when applied topically, they signal the skin to repair itself. In response to these signals, your skin may boost its production of collagen peptides.”
What’s really cool about using peptides is that they are small enough to be absorbed into the skin and once there they get to work signaling and stimulating your skin to produce more proteins! These are those same proteins your skin needs in order to maintain a firm, smooth surface and a healthy barrier.
Even better? There have been a lot of studies confirming that using peptides on the skin has visible and measurable results. One study examined the effects of acetyl hexapeptide (a botanically derived peptide that can be found in our SunDown and SnowDrops products!) and showed that the appearance of wrinkles were reduced by 30%.
That’s 30% versus 10% seen by the placebo group over 30 days
(Gorouhi, Maibach. Role of topical peptides in preventing or treating aged skin. International Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2009.)
That same study found that the peptides palmitoyl tripeptide 5 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide 7 were similarly or more effective! These peptides were even able to penetrate the outer layers of skin and the best news yet? Both peptides can be found in our SnowDrops!
Wait, before you start piling every and any peptide-containing product into your shopping cart! Keep this in mind:
While Peptides are important in keeping your skin healthy and looking great they aren’t a magic bullet.
Your skin is the biggest and most complex organ of your body and caring for it involves many factors like maintaining the right lifestyle, having a good diet and getting great sleep.
You should also worry about your stress control (pun intended) as well as your exercise regime.
Combining all these factors with a great active ingredient skincare routine is the best course to protect, restore and nourish your skin from the inside out and outside in.