If you have been doing your research on anti-aging treatments, you may have run across the word “peptides.” While some people will remember peptides from their high school biology class, most people are not familiar with peptides or what they actually do. Peptides are commonly used as an anti-aging treatment or as part of a larger scope of therapy. Here’s what you need to know about peptides and how they fight the signs of aging.
What Are Peptides?
Peptides are the building blocks that make up protein. Protein is made up of amino acids that link together. And when they form a chain, it is called an amino peptide. When peptides link together, it creates proteins. Collagen, that magic element that helps keep skin smooth, tight, and supple, is one of these proteins. For this reason, peptides can help fight the signs of aging in much the same way as other collagen-boosting treatments.
What Peptides Do for Your Skin
The purpose of peptides in an anti-aging treatment is to stimulate the body’s own ability to produce collagen. Collagen is naturally occurring in the body, but its production decreases with age. This is typically the reason that lines and wrinkles form, volume in the face is lost, and skin loses its elasticity. Nourishing your skin with peptides or taking peptide supplements can help boost your body’s own collagen production, which can fight the signs of aging.
Peptides are also small enough that they can penetrate the skin. When applied topically as part of a facial or other treatment, the peptides can signal the skin to repair itself. This repair is accomplished through the production of collagen.
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