Have you ever wondered about using Peptides in anti-aging cosmetics? The discovery of how these protein fragments work in the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production is relatively recent, but the application for these wrinkle reducers is growing fast with many new Peptides and products being introduced into the beauty marketplace.
What Are Peptides?
The term “Peptide” is actually common in the world of biochemistry and is the generic name given to a small string of amino acids. Amino acids are the so-called building blocks of life. They link together to make Peptides which then join together to form an active protein. There are 20 essential amino acids that are used to construct the proteins that makeup living things. Some common proteins that help create our skin are collagen, elastin, and keratin.
How Do Peptides Work?
Our bodies have a feedback loop that tells the skin when to repair and rejuvenate itself. It works something like this:
Collagen has a natural life cycle and eventually, it will break down. When it does, the fragments of Peptides act as messengers to indicate that collagen is degrading and that it is time for the body to make more; and so it does. The problem is that as we age, this process becomes less effective and it is more difficult for the body to keep up with higher levels of collagen production.
By adding additional Peptides to the skin, it essentially “tricks” the skin by triggering the feedback loop encouraging additional production of collagen. Consistent application will begin to yield results in about 4 weeks with higher levels of collagen helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Are Peptides Safe in Skin Care?
Because peptides are made with the same amino acids and other natural components found in skin, they are safe for use by all skin types; even individuals who have sensitive skin. Peptides can also be combined with other active ingredients such as the humectant, Hyaluronic Acid, alpha hydroxy acids like Glycolic and Lactic Acids, and other collagen stimulating factors such as Retinol.
Benefits of Peptides in Skin Care
Collagen stimulation is not the only benefit that Peptides impart to the skin. In addition to combating intrinsic factors contributing to the aging process, Peptides can help with extrinsic factors such as dehydration and pollution exposure.
Peptides can often penetrate deeply into the skin imparting their moisturization properties down past the stratum corneum. Hydrated skin is “youthful” skin and usually has plumper, more dewy finish than parched tissue. Combining Peptides with Hyaluronic Acid is an effective way to simultaneously address both hydration and aging challenges.
Improves Skin Barrier Function
With increased hydration comes better barrier functionality in the skin. Having good barrier function means the skin can do its job by keeping bad stuff, like infectious agents or harmful chemicals out and good stuff, like electrolytes, in.
With additional stimulation of collagen and elastin, the scaffolding of the skin comes an increase in elasticity – the skin’s ability to “bounce back”. Thickness, and therefore, firmness of the skin gets a boost bringing back its youthful appearance.
Firmer, more elastic skin means fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is less prone to creasing and crepiness maintaining its smooth, dense appearance.
Reduces Free Radicals
Some amino acids are known to act as antioxidants combating the detrimental effects of free radicals generated from UV exposure and pollution.
Examples of Peptides in Skin Care
There are many different types of Peptides used in skin care so finding them in the ingredient list may be a little tricky. First, look for any words that contain the word “peptide” such as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1. Second, look for popular brand names such as Matrixyl® and Haloxyl™ that are often an effective combination of a few peptides. Peptides may also be combined with elements such as copper as in Copper Lysinate and Copper Prolinate.
Skin Care Products Containing Peptides
Trilogy Labs has formulated an array of products containing Peptides. You can find them in the following private label skin care products:
- Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Lotion
- Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Lotion
- Ultra Peptide Eye Cream
- Corrective Eye Serum
- Luxury Eye Cream
- Lash & Brow Serum
- HA Serum with Peptides
- Regenerating Serum with Growth Factors
- Skin Tight Serum
- Growth Factor Cream
- Lip Plumper
- Lip Treatment Balm
- Neck & Decollete Firming Cream
Find Peptide Products for Your Private Label Skin Care Line
In addition to Peptide infused products, Trilogy Labs utilizes many active ingredients including Vitamin C, Retinol, and AHAs stimulating positive visible changes in your client’s skin…ensuring repeat sales for you!
Learn how to quickly private label these products by contacting our Project Consultant at [email protected] or calling 239.939.5454.
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