Just like the ingredients in your food, the ingredients in your skincare products should be simple and straightforward.
Consider it Bradenton skincare 101: Unfamiliar, unnatural products often suggest mass-market solutions and largescale laboratory tinkering. And too many ingredients in general may be working against each other within the same product. A complicated ingredients list is, at best, ineffective. At worse, it can have adverse effects on your skin’s health.
Peptides are among the very best things you can see on your skincare label. Keep reading to learn what they are and why they’re great!
Peptides are among the many Bradenton skincare solutions Bellagena daily provides for Bradenton skin.
What Are Peptides?
Peptides, and in some cases “polypeptides,” are amino acids, which are the building blocks to different kinds of protein. They’re a natural part of your body’s biochemical makeup. In total, your body uses 20 different amino acids (plus three additional amino acids, when you really get into the biochemistry nuts and bolts).
In addition to making up amino acids themselves, peptides are also essential in binding any kinds of amino acids in order to form a protein. A “peptide bond” holds two amino acids together. Therefore, peptides are one kind of protein building block, but they’re also the mortar that holds different kinds of protein building blocks together.
What Kind of Protein Contains Polypeptides?
Why, collagen, of course!
Collagen is a protein that’s made up of three “polypeptide chains.” Collagen is important because it provides both stability and elasticity in the parts of your body that need to remain flexible and supple—including your skin and other connective tissue. Collagen accounts for 1/3 of your body’s total protein.
Your skin needs peptides to produce collagen, the substance that keeps it smooth, youthful, durable and healthy.
But like most proteins, collagen is actually too big to be absorbed by your skin. Peptides, on the other hand, can be absorbed through osmosis. Which means a topical application of peptides gives your skin what it needs to produce more collagen, right where it needs it.
Where Do Peptides Come From?
If your skincare product contains peptides, they come from one of two places: They’re part of all-natural ingredients like yeast or oats. Or they’ve been created synthetically.
All-natural ingredients are awesome, of course, but don’t worry about synthetic peptides! Because they’re a basic part of human biochemistry, they can be reproduced precisely in a laboratory. In fact, in some cases, synthetically made peptides could be considered “purer” because they don’t have to be extracted from other sources.
Why Are Peptides Important in Bradenton Skincare?
Look, the beautiful southwest Florida sun is a part of our lives here in paradise. Far be it from us to tell you not to enjoy it!
But on top of the potential damage from sun exposure, your skin naturally loses collagen as you age. And everybody knows that age is no excuse to look anything less than your best in Bradenton.
Here at Bellagena, our expert aestheticians are going to do everything they can to repair sun damage, mitigate the effects of aging, and prepare your skin for the months and years ahead. And we also want to make sure you’ve got the right products to keep your skin youthful and sun-safe in between visits.
This is where peptides come in. If you’ve got the right skincare product, peptides can give your skin a much-needed collagen boost with a simple topical application.
Not sure about your skincare product’s ingredients? Just ask the Bradenton skincare experts at Bellagena. We’re happy to help you sort the peptides (good!) from the formaldehyde (very, very bad).