What EXACTLY are peptides? How are they important in your daily Skin care routine?

To understand what peptides do, you must first understand what amino acids are. Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins, which are the building blocks of life. Amino acids form a short chain to become a peptide, which combine to form proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin. These proteins are the foundation of your skin and responsible for its texture, strength, and resilience. 

How do they work on the skin? Collagen breaks down in the skin due to age, environmental factors, UV rays, and stress, causing wrinkles to form. When peptides are applied topically to the skin, it sends signals to your brain to heal the damaged cells. Which essentially means that it’s tricking your skin into thinking there’s been an injury or a wound, which stimulates the collagen-boosting process, leaving your skin at a more youthful state. 

There is a wide variety of peptides, but only a few are beneficial for skin care:

  1. Carrier Peptides deliver trace minerals to the skin to boost collagen.
  2. Enzyme inhibitor peptides work to slow down the skin’s natural break down of collagen.
  3. Signal peptides send messages to different parts of the skin to promote collagen, elastin, and other proteins.
  4. Neurotransmitter peptides are the “botox-like” peptides that release chemicals that cause muscle contraction of expression lines, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

Finding the right product can work wonders. You want your product to properly penetrate the skin, so it can deliver the results you’re trying to achieve. It is suggested that your product be a moisturizer, eye cream, or serum. Niacinamide, vitamin C, and antioxidants should be combined with peptides in your product in order to achieve the best results. Once you finally have that peptide-enriched product, you should start using it twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. 

At Organic Tan FACE AND BODY, we have our amazing Hydrafacial treatment, that infuses all of these peptides and antioxidants your skin needs to be young, healthy, and glowing. We also carry some amazing Circadia products that you can purchase and take home that day! Book your facial now to learn more about what products will benefit your skin, and begin your journey to youthful and healthy skin!

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