In a world where beauty and makeup trends come and go, soft, supple, beautiful skin will always be desirable. It’s good to know which skincare ingredients provide which benefits for your skin, because let’s face it: We all want to get the most out of our skincare products. Now, it’s important to know that there is no single solution or single ingredient that will combat all your skincare woes, but there are certain ingredients that work just that little bit harder to slow down the ageing process.
I’ve received quite a number of requests to do a couple of blog posts on skincare ingredients – what they do, what to look out for, what their benefits are etc. First of all, your goal should be to find what works for you / your skin – skin is the most complex organ of the human body. We all have different skin types, so a product that works wonders for my skin, might not work that well for you. That’s why, I want to discuss skin care ingredients rather than specific skincare products in these blog posts. Same goes for budgets, I might not be able to spend the same amount of money on skincare products each month compared to someone else – so try to research which products contain those specific ingredients that you are looking for.
Whenever I consider skimping on my skincare routine, I always think of this quote: “Beautiful makeup, starts with beautiful skin.” – Shu Uemura (Japanese Makeup Artist)
Today I’d like to chat about Peptides – if you’re a skincare junkie, then you have probably already heard / read up on this ingredient. We all know protein is important for your body to function properly, it’s a essential building block for tissues and cells, and ensures new cell growth. Peptides are used to make protein, they’re composed of molecular links of amino acids (building blocks of protein) and they have the ability to penetrate the upper layer of the skin tocommunicate with cells telling them how to function. As we get older, our skin stops making collagen in the manner that it used to (this can be because of sun damage, pollution, general ageing or poor nutrition). When the collagen in our skin breaks down, it forms specific peptides and these peptides signal your skin to make new collagen – almost like a messenger.Collagen is a structural protein found in the connective tissues of the body, and is vital for plump and smooth skin. If the skin doesn’t produce collagen, then collagen can’t be broken down, and the skin will never receive signals to produce more collagen. By topically applying a peptide (or a mixture of peptides) to the skin, you are essentially tricking your skin into thinking it has lost collagen and needs to produce more. More collagen means increased firmness and elasticity, giving you smooth and supple skin.
Another type of peptide boosts your existing anti-ageing skincare routine by helping to reduce an inflammatory response in the skin. But generally speaking peptides help to prevent the effects of loss of collagen, and will in turn reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
These moisture-binding agents also help skin to repair itself and when used along with other great anti-aging ingredients, your skin will start to feel firmer and look more youthful. Remember that using skincare products with a cocktail of great ingredients is the best thing you can do for your skin to look and behave younger.
When is the best time to apply peptides to the skin? According to research, skin ‘relaxes’ at night. This means anti-ageing ingredients are more easily absorbed, making them more effective.
Top Tip: Peptides act like a battery charger for skin-brightening Vitamin C, making it more powerful. “…at night, Vitamin C helps skin cells turn over, which works synergistically with wrinkle-smoothing peptides…” – Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City.
In terms of diet, certain foods contain these small protein units. For example, gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in milk) are peptides. Other sources of protein and peptides include red meat, poultry, seafood, sprouts, beans, nuts, seeds and veggies.
What is your skincare secret? Do you use products that contain peptides?
If you have any other questions with regards to peptides, or product recommendations – leave a comment below.
Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Environ. Visit Environ to take a look at their wide range of skin care products. Whilst researching for this blog post, I actually discovered a product of theirs that contains an impressive mix of 3 peptide complexes.