‘Peptides’ are a superstar ingredient class celebrated widely in the beauty industry and the enthusiasm around them is getting stronger by the day. Dermatologists, aestheticians and chemist formulators all agree on their effectiveness to target the specific areas of ageing and the significant skin improvements evident after continued usage.
Indeed, peptides are very intelligent ingredients that everyone wants to be using – and for good reason!
Before we get into what peptides can actually do for the skin, it’s important to know what they are and exactly how they work. This kind of technical information can get quite complex, so let’s simplify it and make it super easy to understand why these youth-generating skin ‘cheerleaders’ are so fabulous!
What are Peptides?
Let’s go back to our high school biology class. Do you remember your teacher telling you about ‘Amino Acids’?
They are the best place to start. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are the fundamental building blocks that make up our body/skin. Think of peptides as ‘little proteins’ – they are essentially made of tiny particles of these amino acids (a protein is made of more than amino acids & peptides are made up of less than 50 amino acids). You still with us? Excellent. Just remember to think of them as proteins!
Peptides are found and made naturally in the skin. But over time, it’s a great idea to introduce more and more to re-stimulate the skin’s natural repairing process.
Science has been able to brilliantly bio-engineer peptides from plants and botanicals to replicate the body’s own peptide actions. There are a vast number of different peptides available and each one is unique and responsible for its own specific action.
How do peptides work?
Peptides are best described as ‘chemical messengers’. They play a dynamic and important role in the body’s complex communication system allowing different parts of the skin to ‘talk’ to one another per se.
Think of it like this: when applied topically, peptides allow the top layer of the skin (Epidermis) to talk to the lower layer of the skin (Dermis) to do certain things.
The Dermal layer of the skin is the layer responsible for accommodating collagen and elastin that give our skin its structure and firmness. So, a peptide applies to the epidermis might signal your skin to boost its production of collagen or hyaluronic acid – the result being less visible lines and better skin hydration.
As we now know, each peptide is responsible for its own area, so it would make sense that using more than one would give you more enhanced results, right? Well this would be right. The more the better.
What results do peptides deliver?
You may be asking yourself if you should be using peptide-based skincare? If you are concerned with any of the following skin conditions, then it may be a fab idea:✓ Fine lines and wrinkles
✓ Loss of firmness and facial contour
✓ Pigmentation and skin discolouration
As mentioned earlier, there are specific peptides that work on specific areas of concern. The good news is that new innovative skincare technologies have come further as to now combine various peptide combinations into skincare formulas to address these multiple skin concerns at once.
What Origani products contain peptides?
Another fantastic thing about peptides is that there are certain ones designed to work to relax facial muscles – almost immediately. How? They work to inhibit nerve signals on the skin. Origani Immortajell skincare is one such range that uses these types of peptides to give an instant smoothing and plumping effect to lines and wrinkles. Incredible huh?!
It’s important to note that when looking for products that contain peptides, they work best in serums and concentrated treatments - products that penetrate the skin and stay on the skin (not wash off, etc.).
So, to wrap up our discussion on peptides, these anti-ageing ‘cheerleaders’ for the skin really are the elite “designer” skincare game-changers to activate the youthful element to your complexion. Additionally, as with all other powerful skincare ingredients, pairing them with other skin ingredient heroes (antioxidants, sunscreen and humectants) is the way to yield unrivaled anti-ageing results. We hope you are as excited about peptides as we are.
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