What are peptides and what do they do for the skin?

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What are peptides and what do they do for the skin?

The buzz around peptides is strong and for good reason. Peptides are powerful short chains of amino acids that are basically building blocks of proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin. All naturally occurring and existing within the skin, these materials are crucial at upholding skin tightness, elasticity and plumpness. Through age, environmental factors and exposure to free radicals, these naturally occurring proteins break away, depriving the skin of its youthful luster. Thanks to science and people who give a damn about their skin, the skincare industry has seen a boom of peptide powered products that work to reactivate and restore skin’s firmness. If you’ve been looking to tighten things up, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about this mighty amino acid. 


So, what do peptides do for your skin?

Peptides are an anti-aging powerhouse! Often used in anti-aging skin care products, these amino acids work to restore the skin’s firmness, plumpness and bounce. These multitaskers also help to strengthen the barrier of your skin, improving its function which leads to increased hydration. Peptides are also incredible at minimizing wrinkles and fine lines while reducing redness and inflammation. 


How many different types of peptides are there and how do they work?

There are hundreds of beneficial peptides and every day we are discovering more, but these 5 are the most used in skincare. 


Signaling peptides: They send messages tricking your skin cells into producing things like collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Signaling peptides are some of the most accomplished peptides when it comes to fighting premature signs of aging.


Carrier peptides: They do literally just that – Carrier peptides transport trace minerals like copper and manganese to help repair and restore your skin. 


Enzyme inhibitor peptides: They work to prevent and slow down the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin. 


Neuro-transmitting peptides: They block the release of chemicals that cause muscle contractions in order to minimize wrinkles, kind of like botox without the needles. 


Structural-keratin peptides: These peptides are in essence keratin that has broken down into smaller chunks of amino acids. They help skin retain more water, boost overall hydration, and increase plumpness. 


Who should use peptides and why?

Anyone and everyone who is invested in better, healthier skin over time should incorporate peptides into their regimen. The best time to start using peptides is before you need them. In skincare, prevention is the most crucial part of not experiencing premature aging. We recommend using peptides from your 20s and onwards.


Side effects of peptides?

Peptides are an extremely safe ingredient and well tolerated by most people, however, there are hundreds of different formulations and some might not agree with your skin type. On rare occasions you can experience a mild rash, redness, and itchiness. Olga Lorencin Skin Care formulations are made to minimize any side effects while getting results.


How long before I see a difference?

You should see a difference and improvement in your skin after 4-8 weeks of regular use. It can take less or more time depending on your skin condition and overall daily regimen. When using peptides with our approved regimens, you will see faster results! 


I have used peptide products in the past and I don’t see any difference in my skin. Why?

How peptide is formulated in a product is very important. Optimum stability and bioavailability is of utmost importance. Things like the pH of the formulation and the thickening agents that was used are also important as they can be incompatible with peptides. Of course, the recommended amount of peptide needs to be present in the formula in order to make a difference in your skin. At Olga Lorencin Skin Care, we are held in high esteem for our superior formulation that produces results. 


What can I pair peptides with?

Peptides can be safely paired with many other skincare ingredients like retinols, acids, beneficial plant extracts, high quality oils, ceramides, Vitamin C, etc. Of course, as always, the overall formulation and frequency of use will be the determining factor of how your skin benefits. 


You’re never too young to begin incorporating peptides into your skincare regimen. They always say, the skin you have in your 50s is determined by the skincare routine you held in your 20s. If you’re hoping to find the ideal peptide product, you won’t have to wait much longer. We’ve spent some time refreshing our peptide-based moisturizer and it’s finally here! Click here to learn more about our PEP-REVIVE Daily Moisturizer and get ready to supercharge your skin.⚡️

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