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The Beauty Glossary: P is for Peptides

The Beauty Glossary: P is for Peptides
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There are hundreds and hundreds of skincare ingredients that work wonders, but not without a little help from friends. Collagen, for example, cannot be formed without vitamin C at base level.

In the holistic case of your skin, peptides are the friends it needs. They are fragments of proteins which, when combined create one of several different types of protein and act as a significant building block for your skin.

Without them, there's a loss of firmness, wrinkles move in, skin texture changes without permission and it just isn't as cushion-y as it once was.

Golden Nuggets?

Peptides alone are not the beauty secret that's going to break the internet. Make no mistake, they are a remarkable component of skincare formulas but they need their friends too.

When beauty products containing peptides make their way into the skin, it may stimulate collagen production to tighten skin, and possibly even repair some cell structures. This is important because collagen is what keeps the skin plump and juicy, and helps it withstand the visible appearance of wrinkles that are so common with ageing skin.

As you know, collagen production depletes with age and the skin starts to look a bit sad. Combined with years of irreversible sun damage, skin may appear dry and sallow, drawing more attention to the appearance of wrinkles.

Peptides can also deliver copper into the skin, which can help it heal faster - just what our skin cells need to regenerate.

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