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The Power of Peptides
If you are familiar with the labels on your skincare products, chances are you have come across some variation of peptide listed as an ingredient. But what makes them so powerful?
In order to understand peptides and their purpose, there is a little bit of biology involved.” Peptides are short strings of amino acids, typically comprising 2–50 amino acids” . Amino acids are essential building blocks for protein structure (Leonard, 2019). Peptides and proteins are a lot alike but they are not interchangeable. Because peptides are smaller in structure, it is believed that they are easier for the skin to absorb in comparison to proteins. It is also easier for the body to break a peptide down than it is to break a protein down. Although you can find peptides in plant and animal sources like soy, fish or shellfish, meat, milk or eggs, peptides are also found in cosmetic and skincare products. If peptides are found naturally through diet what are they doing in your skincare products?
Interestingly, peptides are powerful ingredients in skincare for several reasons. Mainly they slow aging, improve the body’s ability to heal itself, even skin’s tone and appearance, as well as reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
This article illustrates some of the many benefits of peptides, and how they work. In your daily skincare routine, you can notice a visible change in your appearance and complexion.
Turn Back Time
One of the biggest reasons to add peptides to your daily skincare routine is for their ability to slow down the progression of age. Collagen exists naturally in our skin, hair and nails. As we begin to age, these proteins are exhausted and become harder to replace. Supplementing your natural reserves of these proteins as a peptide can keep the hands of time away from you. The visibility of wrinkles and fine lines are reduced and elasticity is restored. Some peptides may have the ability to create melanin which protects your skin from further sun damage and fight against dark spots caused from harmful UV rays (Leonard, 2019).
Heals Acne Scars
Textured and scarred skin can keep you feeling self-conscious about your skin. Peptides reduce these harsh marks with their anti-microbial properties. “Bioactive peptides can also reduce inflammation and act as antioxidants, which can improve the body’s ability to heal” (Leonard, 2019). This process restores a much more even tone and complexion. Restoring your confidence as well.
Strengthen the Skin Barrier
Your skin has a protective layer that defends against environmental stressors and other physical debris that is potentially dangerous to your body. The barrier can be stripped away without the proper skincare products and treatment in place. Certain peptides can stimulate new growth and regenerate the barrier so that you remain protected and healthy (mindbodygreen, 2022).
Inflammation is caused by many factors including dry skin, stressed skin, or infection on the skin. Some peptides have antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties that when applied topically can restore balance of good bacteria in place of the bad bacteria causing the inflammation. Your skin is a delicate ecosystem and sometimes there is a disturbance in this balance. Peptides provide a natural solution.
Many peptides have the ability to produce more hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture keeping your skin hydrated all day long. Hydrated skin provides a natural glow, otherwise referred to as il bagliore.
The phenomenal power of peptides is stunning to research. There is still much more to learn. Il bagliore believes and trusts the science behind peptides and uses a variety of them in each of their products. Below are specific peptides and their distinct purpose.
Oligopeptides: “Oligopeptides are defined as peptide sequences ranging from 2 to 20 amino acids” The root word “oli” refers to “a few”. Il bagliore utilizes the properties in oligopeptides for its anti-aging compounds. This peptide has the ability to stimulate collagen and foster healthy cell regeneration. You can find this peptide used in il bagliore’s Eye Renew.
Pentapeptide-18: “Penta” indicates that this peptide has five amino acids. In application studies this peptide has shown the ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that form from repetitive facial expression. That’s why il bagliore includes this gentle but effective ingredient in Eye Renew. This reduces the depth of wrinkles and lines surrounding the forehead and eyes.
Acetyle-Tetrapeptide-5: Acetyle- Tetrapeptide-5. “Tetra” indicates that this peptide has four amino acids. This is because of its ability to inhibit edema formation. This applied under the eyes can reduce excessive puffiness. Skin’s texture and elasticity is also improved. This powerful peptide is found in Eye Renew .
Palmitoyl- Tetrapeptide-7: They say it’s never too early to start your skincare treatment, and that’s because the sooner you start the better you can prevent early signs of aging. Palmitoyl-Tetrapeptide-7 refers to a total of 4 amino acids and is used as a long-term aging treatment. Much like Oligopeptides, Palmitoyle-Tetrapeptide-7 also stimulates collagen regeneration. The collagen reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Il bagliore uses this ingredient to enhance the EGF+IGF and also in the Eyesobrite formula.
Cyclopeptide-6: “A polypeptide in which the terminal amine and carboxyl groups form a peptide bond, thus making the compound cyclic” (“Definition of Cyclopeptide,” n.d.) Some forms of Cyclopeptides are found in species of mushrooms. This amazing peptide is used in skincare for its ability to improve skin’s texture and complexion. Clients confirm that after using products with Cyclopeptide-6, that skin is firmer and skin’s elasticity is better. Cyclopeptide-6 is used in Bee Venom Serum.
Tripeptide-10: Tripeptide is a Tetrapeptide also known as Citrulline (Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, n.d.). This specific peptide is helpful for tightening the skin and stimulating collagen growth. This key ingredient is used in il bagliore’s Time Freeze.
Tripeptide-1: Tripeptide-1 is a synthetic peptide that has shown incredible results in relation to skin firmness, and overall appearance of skin. “Tripeptide-1 is a bioactive tripeptide which stimulates fibronectin, collagen and elastin increasing skin firmness and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles” (SKINICIAN, n.d.). Time Freeze combines the power of Tripeptide-10 and Tripeptide-1 to create one amazing product.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: Eyesobrite is formulated with Palmitoyl Oligopeptide because the health of your skin is of utmost importance. Soft, supple skin that’s full of bounce and vibrance can fade with age. Caring for your skin with the right balance of treatment can keep your skin looking radiant every year. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide promotes collagen production and keeps your skin healthy.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1,7: il bagliore’s Probiotic Moisturizer restores and strengthens your skin using Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1,7. Visible skin damage such as acne scars and sun spots are impressively lightened. The skin recovers an even tone, and the biological structure of the skin is strengthened.
Palmitoyl- Tetrapeptide-7: This particular peptide is responsible for regenerating your skin’s natural fiber and prevent unwanted signs of aging. Remember it is never too early to start caring for your skin or your overall health. Il bagliore formulates Eyesobrite using Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 in combination with Palmitoyl Oligopeptides to create an incredible skincare treatment with stunning results.
Clearly peptides are powerful, and all serve different purposes. Il bagliore is a brand that prioritizes education. Caring for your skin is your responsibility, but it is also up to us to educate those about what their skin needs and understand how to treat your skin. Clean skincare products that are backed by science and formulated with love. Il bagliore is luxury skincare delivering quality products and knowledge to its customers.