Peptides: The Skincare Buzz Ingredient You Need To Know About

Elina was interviewed for Huda Beauty. Read the full article  here.

In layman’s terms, what are peptides?
Can you draw any analogies that would help the reader better understand what they are?

Our skin is comprised mostly of proteins like collagen and elastin. Each protein is built from amino acids arranged into a long chain.  A peptide is a fragment of a protein made from just a few amino acids linked together that have the ability to signal and stimulate cellular regeneration. They have the ability to penetrate through the skin barrier, deep into the live skin cells and signal your cells to regenerate collagen and other proteins. Skin Cells communicate with each other by peptides and proteins. Natural peptides—whether applied topically or taken internally, have the ability to restore damaged skin cells. Peptides definitely add anti-aging, deeply hydrating, and skin-restoring properties to any skin care formulation.  



Should everyone use peptides?
Or are they ideal for certain skin types (mature, damaged, etc.)?

Even young people can benefit from peptides if they have unwanted brown spots as a result of over sun exposure, or have problem complexion resulting in acne scars. Peptides have the ability to speed up the healing and restoring process of the skin. For people with mature complexion, peptides should definitely be one of the most important ingredients in their everyday skin care routine because they will help to firm, hydrate, and rejuvenate their skin. Different kinds of peptides are available today on the market for cosmetic formulators. For example, neuropeptides help to relax wrinkles by limiting the production and release of the neurotransmitters that control facial muscle contractions. Less squinting definitely helps to reduce the formation of new lines and make you look more friendly. Enzyme inhibitor peptides specifically help to regulate the production of melanocytes (your pigment cells) and help to reduce stubborn age spots. Carrier peptides help to deliver trace elements and bioactive nutrients into your skin.



How often should you apply peptides?
and where do they fit in your daily skincare routine?

For a mature person, I would suggest using a formulation with peptides at least once or twice a day. Peptides could be part of your serum, moisturizer, or could be in a special peptide mask with a higher concentration. 



Are there any concerns to be aware of?
Can you overdo it likE retinol or acids?

No. Retinol and alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate your skin by removing dead skin cells. When you overuse retinol or AHA acids, you can accidentally leave your skin without an important protective layer of dead skin cells, which is necessary for your skin barrier. Natural Peptides do not exfoliate your skin, they are part of the self-repair mechanism of your skin cells. Human skin is made mostly from proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin. I do not see any danger in overdoing natural peptides at all, only benefits! 



Please share 2-3 of your favorite products featuring peptides.

You should not ask me that question because as a formulator I will, of course, show favor towards my own products! My favorites are Elina Organics Natural Peptide Mask, Mermaid Elixir, and Elite Rejuvenating Cream. 

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