Peptides: The Magic Bullet for Anti-Aging?
Have you ever looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize who was staring back? If we could only turn back time when our faces didn’t display nature’s handiwork of bags under the eyes, crow’s feet and wrinkles!
You have seen ads that claim the skin care industry has found the fountain of youth in products that include peptides and will keep you looking young forever. Sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes are a thing of the past. Pouty lips and firm, wrinkle free skin are possible with anti-aging ingredients.
WHAT ARE PEPTIDES?
The building blocks of proteins, or peptides, are created when there are two or more chains of amino acids linked together. Even though peptides may be natural or synthetic, natural peptides in skin care products are thought to be the chemist’s first choice. However, lab engineered peptides are more stable and effective in cosmetics since they can be manually controlled.
PEPTIDES IN SKIN CARE
From the cosmetic industry’s perspective, the public has been led to believe that peptides are the only magic bullet for the anti-aging dilemma. Now, research has found more than one solution to combat the signs of aging.
The largest organ in humans is the skin. It protects our inside organs, sends signals to our brain, allows us to feel sensations, and heals itself. Peptides do play a role in keeping skin healthy. However, a single peptide or blend is not the only solution to smooth, firm, or younger looking skin. More testing is needed.
Companies have sent the message to consumers that peptides and their blends are the needleless answer for those who dislike Botox or dermal filler injections for wrinkles. These products cannot be compared because they do different things. The amount of peptides used in clinical trials is more that is what is allowed in the product.
COPPER PEPTIDES: FACT OR FICTION
There have been raised eyebrows over the use of copper peptides, or copper gluconate, in cosmetics as the answer to anti-aging. While copper is necessary for synthesis of collagen and elastin and is effective in healing wounds, there is no evidence that copper married to peptides smoothes skin and wrinkle or works better than any other product.
Copper, a metal, reacts with ascorbic acid and has been shown to cause inflammation.
It is best to choose products with ingredients that have been researched and approved for anti-aging.
THE BOTTOM LINE
As a rule, peptides can be effective anti-aging elements in products used for skin care but they are not exclusive and cannot work miracles alone. Just as the body needs a variety of healthy foods, use products with a variety of proven ingredients to keep your skin beautiful and healthy!