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There's a lot of talk about peptides these days. I've met a lot of women who are skeptical of any supposed breakthrough in anti-aging, because they have already been sold a bill of goods by the beauty industry many times before. That's why I thought it was important to give you my take on peptides. So what are these things? Are they just another fad ingredient, or do they really help?


Like proteins, peptides are chains of amino acids. The difference is that peptides have fewer acids in the chain. A peptide is kind of like an incomplete protein. But don't take that the wrong way, because peptides are powerful little things! They send signals to the cells of the body to act in certain ways.


There are several different peptides being used in skincare products. Each of the peptides has a slightly different function. For example, there are peptides that signal the skin to produce more collagen, which gives the skin a firmer, tighter look. Other peptides reduce the inflammatory responses of the body and reduce “glycation,” a process that causes wrinkles, sagging and uneven skin tone. Because they have different functions, most peptide products contain a combination of different peptides.


Here are a select, few peptides and their benefits:


Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: enhances the production of collagen and stimulates the growth of damaged tissue in the skin.


Acetyl Hexapeptide-8: provides anti-wrinkle results by keeping skin relaxed and smooth, and helps to reduce the appearance of expression lines.


Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: smoothing and regenerating peptide, helps increase skin’s elasticity.


In order for peptides to work, they have to be absorbed very well into the skin. A peptide serum is a better bet than a cream, because some creams are too thick or heavy. If the cream sits on top of the skin without absorbing, the peptides won't have much of an impact. That doesn't mean you should completely avoid a peptide cream. A well-formulated, lightweight cream will absorb well into the skin.


Promising results have been achieved with peptides in anti-aging skincare products. Because peptide products are relatively new, we will probably see even more exciting advancements in the future. The current peptide products seem to do a great job in improving fine lines. Peptides help improve deeper wrinkles, too.


Bottom line, I recommend that those of you looking for a tighter, smoother, younger look to your skin use a peptide serum and/or a highly absorbable, lightweight peptide cream. Make sure that the peptides are high in the list of ingredients, as high concentrations are needed to have an impact. If the peptides are all the way at the end of the ingredients list, there is a good chance the product will be ineffective.


Of course, check out our own Peptide Serum and Peptide Cream. I think you'll be impressed.


Have a Beautiful Day,

Virginia Alexander