Peptides are amino acid groups that are held together by nitrogen and carbon bonds. Science calls these the building blocks of life and has proven that peptides occur naturally in the skin to help keep it firm. How do peptides make your skin look younger? Easy, by priming or encouraging stimulation of a natural process involving collagen. Your skin’s main building block is a protein called collagen. To make it, amino acid segments come together to produce the structure of collagen, which then creates the structure we call skin.
People below the age of 30 generate plenty of collagen, leading to skin that is radiant and tight, but everyone else will have constantly diminishing collagen resulting in skin that’s weaker, revealing problems including wrinkles. As collagen begins to weaken and break, small amounts of amino acids are released at the same time. These released proteins are what are referred to as Peptides. And we can use this fact to our advantage by using skin care products that contain peptides. This is because the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that these peptides send signals that collagen has broken down and must be replenished.
So, when products containing peptides "aka primers" are used consistently, your skin believes that it's a collagen breakdown byproduct and signals your body needs to manufacture new collagen. This little trick on Mother Nature allows us to artfully reduce wrinkles and allow us to appear younger by using skin care products that contain peptides that will call for more collagen production.
The main issue is that using peptides in our skin care is not a quick-fix fancy solution. It requires time based on the fact that it is merely stimulating the body to speed up a process that it would naturally do quite slowly. But outside of that, it does work. Be sure to chat with your skin care professional about which available products might contain peptides.