The buzz word peptides is gaining more and more popularity these days.  As a consumer you often wonder what exactly a peptide is.  So let’s take a deeper look at peptides and truly understand what the function and purpose of a peptide is in your skincare routine!

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are linked together by peptide bonds and vary in a range from 2-50 amino acids.  Chains that are linked by fewer than 10-15 amino acids are called oligopeptides.  Peptides are key units in biology, chemistry and medicine and essentially serve as structural components of cells and tissues, hormones, toxins, antibiotics, and enzymes.

Peptides are crucial for multiple skincare functions such as protecting and hydrating, brightening, anti-aging, and reparative purpose of the skin.  They are essentially the building blocks of collagen and elastin, both of which are protein chains.  Just like you need amino acids to build your muscles (which are also protein chains) in your biceps and triceps; you need amino acids in the form of peptides to build collagen and elastin.  Some of the peptides that are present in our skincare products at Aesthetica Day Spa across brands are Preventhilia(protect); Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000, Matrixyl Synte 6, Argireline, Snap 8, Inyline, Progeline (Aging/Repair); Diffuporine(hydrate); Melanostatin 5, B-White (Brightening).