The Power of Peptides
In the World Series of skincare ingredients, there’s no denying that peptides they are heavy hitters. And it seems like there’s scarcely a lotion or potion out there that doesn’t contain them these days. But unlike other common anti-agers like Retinol, which we’ve come to know as a vitamin A derivative, and vitamin C, which is, clearly, a vitamin, it’s not so clear cut what exactly a peptide is and why we should care. So, we’ve put together a definitive peptide guide to put us all on the path to sensational skin.
What they are: Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are found in every cell of our bodies. They play an important role in how the body functions, often acting as a messenger to cells signaling them how and when to act or react. They also lay the foundations for our enzymes and hormones and are an important energy source for cellular activity.
How they affect skin: In every way. Peptides act as building blocks of skin’s (and our body’s) essential proteins, such as collagen, elastin, and keratin, making them responsible for skin’s structure, function, firmness, texture, and overall appearance. Without peptides, skin lacks resilience, which can result in lines, wrinkles, irritation, blemishes, a loss of firmness, and a rougher, more uneven texture and tone.
Why we need them in skincare: Since we already have them in our bodies, it may seem like a waste of time and money to apply them to our skin. But as we age, our body’s production of peptides declines, as well as their ability to communicate with other cells to stimulate the growth of new and healthy cells.
How they work: Once applied, the peptides signal skin to boost its production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid revitalizing skin, shoring up your protective moisture barrier, and making skin more resilient and stronger.
Why they aren’t enough: Peptides are without question a key component to amazing skin, but they aren’t a magic bullet. No one ingredient can do it all. Just as our skin and bodies are made up of many kinds of cells, we need a cocktail of proven and effective ingredients to achieve dramatic results.
The PPM⁶ Difference: We’ve formulated our patented and proprietary polypeptide matrix technology with all 3 polypeptide chains found in collagen along with proven antioxidants, rejuvenating plant extracts, and our exclusive hyaluronic acid molecules to help safeguard skin from free radical damage and retain optimal moisture levels while ensuring our collagen, elastin, and keratinocytes maintain their integrity. The result is firmer, clearer, smoother, completely comfortable, and healthier-looking skin.