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What are Peptides?

Peptides, also called polypeptides, naturally occur in the skin. Collagen is made out of three polypeptide chains, thus adding peptides to your skincare regime can stimulate your skin to produce more collagen. More collagen means younger, firmer looking skin. 

In keeping with my commitment to all natural plant based skincare, there are many ingredients I come across that require a large amount of research in order to figure out where they come from, what they do, and how to use them. “Peptides” is one of those buzzwords I always read in the titles of different products, but they never really explain why they are there and what they do.

Peptides, also called polypeptides, naturally occur in the skin. Collagen is made out of three polypeptide chains, thus adding peptides to your skincare regime can stimulate your skin to produce more collagen. More collagen means younger, firmer looking skin. 

Peptides are naturally occurring biological molecules. Peptides are found in all living organisms and play a key role in all manner of biological activity. Like proteins, peptides are formed (synthesized) naturally from transcription of a sequence of the genetic code, DNA. Transcription is the biological process of copying a specific DNA gene sequence into a messenger molecule, mRNA, which then carries the code for a given peptide or protein. Reading from the mRNA, a chain of amino acids is joined together by peptide bonds to form a single molecule.

In English: 

Collagen is made naturally in your body. However, as we age our collagen production slows down. This can cause your skin to look looser, more wrinkled and less even and bright.  

So next time you’re shopping for skincare, before you grab a bottle of serum including the word “Peptides”, here are a few things you should know.

BENEFITS OF PEPTIDES 

As a molecule, collagen is actually to large to be absorbed into the skin. This is one of the reasons you might see people adding collagen powder to their coffee or taking other collagen supplements. 

Peptides on the other hand, can absorb into the skin in a way that they can be used by the body.  This is one of the many reasons it is good to incorporate peptides into your skincare routine. 

Here are a few more benefits of peptides:

- Improved Skin Barrier

- Reduced Wrinkles 

- More Elasticity to Skin

- Eases Inflammation 

- Helps Clear Breakouts

for more read this article on Peptides published by Bachem, a company specializing in peptides 

https://www.bachem.com/news/what-are-peptides/

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