Skincare is an important part of any selfcare routine. However, with so many different products available on the market, and all claiming to do something different, it can be a struggle to know what is best to use. You might have heard about products containing hyaluronic acid, retinol, or peptides which will help to fight the signs of aging, but is one better than the other? And do any of them really work?
What are Peptides?
Peptides in skincare have been much talked about in recent times, particularly in the area concerning anti-ageing. But what are they?
Peptides are small chains of amino acids that are found naturally in our skin. Examples of peptides include keratin, elastin, and collagen. It is peptides such as these that give our skin its firm appearance.
As you might imagine, these peptides diminish with age and our skin becomes less firm. This leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which most of us want to avoid. The skincare industry has spent billions developing creams and lotions containing such peptides in the hopes that they will improve elasticity and firmness, thus fighting the signs of aging. It is impossible to avoid age-related collagen loss, but supplements can help to encourage the body to produce it.
Peptides in skin products help to trigger collagen and elastin production, helping to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is another popular ingredient found in skincare products. It works by speeding up the skin’s cell turnover process, making way for new skin cells. Although this might sound ideal, some experts believe that applying retinol to the skin should be a big no-no. They say that interfering with the skin’s natural process of cell removal exposes new skin cells too early, which can actually lead to premature aging.
Skincare products containing retinol typically come with a warning because of the effect they have on the skin. In some people it can lead to skin peeling, irritation, and burning. It is therefore recommended to be used sparingly.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is also found naturally in the body and is also a substance that diminishes as we age. It is found in the joints and the fluids of the eyes and is a lubricant that helps to decrease swelling. Hyaluronic acid is one of the main ingredients in gel fillers used for wrinkles in the skin. It is often found in topical moisturizers claiming to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
There is No Magic Formula for Aging
While these ingredients in skincare products can sometimes help to improve the signs of aging, it is important to note that there is no magic formula to stop us getting old. The specialist naturopathic doctors at KIYA Longevity recommend taking supplements of peptides to get the most benefits. However, they do say that starting with the lowest dosage is the best way to determine the correct level for your body as everyone is different. Peptides affect people in different ways and finding the right dosage will ensure you get the most benefits.
The Benefits of Peptides
Peptide supplements come in capsule form or can be found in shakes. They may help to promote skin regeneration by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. Some peptides can help with fat loss and muscle growth.
As well as supplements and skincare products, peptides are also found naturally in some foods including fish, meat, oats, soy, flaxseed, and legumes.
Peptides can also be used to treat health conditions such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. For advice on this, speak to a naturopathic doctor.