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Powerful Peptides

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The science of skincare. Some of us have no interest in the way an ingredient works, as long as it does. And that’s fine. After all, results are the bottom line. As long as the buzz is positive, we’ll try it. Others, on the other hand, have a vested interest in exactly what products do for your skin. Both groups have probably heard the word peptide being tossed around by skincare experts. To the latter group, here is some information that you may find fascinating. To the former, here is some more buzz about peptides.

What Are Peptides?
Peptides are pieces of proteins made of amino acids. When the amino acids combine, they create specific peptides. That’s why you may have heard the word peptide mentioned in athletic doping scandals, pepto bismal, and skincare; there are hundreds of types used for many different things. We’ll keep to skincare, to keep the lesson brief. When peptides combine in a certain way, they make proteins and proteins are the building blocks of skin. Without them, skin texture changes, wrinkles appear, and skin becomes saggy.

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Peptides and Skincare
While peptides are a clear member of the “ingredients to look for in a skincare product” team, it is important to remember, that this is just what they are, a part of a team, albeit very important ones. There is no single solution to all the aging problems, and peptides are no different. However, they do play a valuable role, helping to make skin more resilient and providing support for the skin’s fundamental building blocks.

Collagen Production
Collagen is a protein made up of peptides, and forms peptides when it is broken down. The result goes into your wrinkle cream. When the collagen supply in your skin lowers with age, the peptides signal your skin to make new collagen. The most popular peptide for this function is palmitoyl pentapeptide (matrixyl). Smart consumers will look for this on the ingredient labels of items they are considering for purchase.

Copper
The small size of peptides enables them to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. When combined with copper, the peptide will deliver copper to those layers. Research shows copper has healing properties and seems to act as an antioxidant and promote collagen production.

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Read Before Buying
Even though peptides are capable of great results, many things have to happen to ensure that they happen. Because they are products of broken down proteins, peptides may continue to break down in a topical cream, until they are rendered useless. They also need to be in a cream which will be thin enough to penetrate the skin. A peptide in a thick cream may sit on the surface of the skin, only to wash off before going to work.

Have you tried peptides? What do you think? Did you get the combination right? Let us know!

Natural Ingredients That Stimulate Healthy Cell Formation

These days, when the word “cell” is mentioned, most of us are likely to think “phone.” While many of us may argue that cell phones are vital to our well being, there are other kinds of cells that are probably just a little more important. These are the cells in your body; the fundamental units of life form which all your organs and tissues are made.

Like most of our cell phones, the cells of the body are in constant communication with one another, responding to the signals they receive from your environment. If the cells cannot operate efficiently, tissues and organs can breakdown, resulting in a host of health conditions. In order to keep these cells functioning properly you need to keep yourself well nourished. Here are some healthy ingredients you need to ensure that these very important cells continue to serve you well.

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Whole Grain
Whole foods contain the fullest variety of nutrients, which makes whole grains one of the most complete food sources for healthy cell formation. The three main parts of the whole grain each serve a different purpose, and provide a different complement of vitamins and minerals. The protective bran guards the sprout from sun damage; the germ contains a high level of micronutrients from the vitamin E family, while the endosperm contains the lowest level of nutrients and serves mostly to provide calories for the sprout. While all three parts are used in whole grain food, refined products, such as white bread, use only the endosperm, or starch component of the grain.

Fats and Cell Formation
The fats you eat have a major influence on your cells. As a matter of fact, they become your cell membranes. Unsaturated fats, like the omega-3s in fish and nuts, are needed to give your cell membranes their shape and the ability to communicate with one another. While trans fatty acids, or saturated fats, also become part of your cells membrane, they are less able to respond to signals and can cause cell membranes to become brittle.

Cereals, vegetables, fruits, and grains also have fats to protect cell membrane from damage. These include tocopherals and are found in highest amounts in wheat germ oil, carotenoids, such as beta-carotene in carrots, vitamin C from citrus fruits, and lycopene in tomatoes.

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DNA
DNA is the part of your cell which stores your genetic information, and it is vital that you take steps to make sure its integrity is not compromised. When the structure of DNA breaks down, the body becomes not only unable to produce proteins for proper cell function, but it may cause mutations that lead to cancer. While fats are an integral part of protecting the DNA, it is also important to maintain adequate levels of protein, choline, inositol, carotenoids, and antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.

Healthy DNA also requires an adequate intakes of vitamin B12 and folate, which are involved with repair and replication of DNA. Eggs, meat, fish and dairy are all rich in vitamin B12, while high levels of folate are found in eggs, grains, and green vegetables.

Organic Foods
Since agricultural chemicals are know to damage the function and structure if cells, organically grown foods are recommended to promote healthy cell formation. Studies show that pesticides can overstimulate enzymes which can be a cause of inflammation, and a contributing factor to psoriasis and atherosclerosis,
Organic foods can also minimize DNA degradation. Test tube studies show that agricultural chemicals can lead to genetic mutations leading to the development of cancer and have a negative effect on the production of energy.

Are you keeping your cells healthy? Let us know what you’re eating to keep your cells in tip top shape!

All About Peptides

Peptides chemical makeup Peptides are groups of amino acids that act as the building blocks for proteins in your skin. They combine with each other to form long chains of amino acids in order to transform into proteins. Peptides that are found in short amino acid chains can penetrate into the top layers of your skin and sent out signals to your skin cells and instruct them on how they should be functioning. One of the most important proteins in the human body is collagen. Collagen is responsible for ensuring that the skin remains thick and supple. In other words, collagen is directly responsible for controlling skin aging. When the collagen level in the body breaks down, it leads to wrinkles and fine lines. Peptides can be topically applied onto the skin to send signals to your collagen proteins to increase their production. This helps you to get softer and younger looking skin.

Types of peptides

There are several types of peptides that are found in the human body.

  • Collagen Stimulating Peptides – The collagen stimulating peptides are considered to be the most popular ones in terms of skin care.
  • Copper Peptides –Copper peptide are also known to be extremely important to skin care. These peptides help you to reduce inflammation.
  • Neuropeptides – Neuropeptides help in reducing and relaxing facial muscles and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Argireline, also known as Acetyl Hexapeptide – 8 is the most common type of neuropeptide used in skin care.

Peptides in Skin Care

Although peptides cannot work miracles on your skin, they are excellent ingredients in terms of skin care. In most cases, peptides function as agents that can bind the moisture and instruct your skin to heal itself. This can make peptides an exciting ingredient to have in your skin care routine, as long as you’re not entirely dependent on them. That being said, there is still much to be learnt about peptides and how they can be utilized properly in skin care products to maximize their benefits. Moreover, contrary to popular opinions, peptides don’t work as dermal fillers or Botox. In other words, they are not the solution for those who fear of needles.

How long do peptides take to produce results?

In most cases, you can expect peptides to take some amount of time to work their magic. Peptides are best applied in the form of serums and you should be able to see results within 4 – 12 weeks of regular application. However, you should remember that when it comes to peptides, regular care is essential. If you stop using peptides, you should be able to see the difference on your skin.

The Bottom Line

Peptides are excellent anti-aging ingredients when it comes to skin care products. However, as with all other skin care ingredients, your skin is not entirely dependent on peptides when it comes to looking young and healthy. You need to ensure that you give peptides the right amount of time to work, follow them up with adequate skin care practices and maintain other aspects of your lifestyle as well in order to protect your skin from further damage.