Peptides are found in many effective anti-aging skincare products. While there is no singular, miracle ingredient that will give you those instant, youthful results we all wish for, peptides are an extremely important ingredient to look for in your wrinkle-fighting creams, serums, and under-eye products.
What are Peptides?
Peptides are formed by chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of skin proteins. When peptides are created by a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. Forming peptides from a short chain of amino acids allows them to penetrate the outer layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to remind them how to function properly.
The most infamous protein naturally found in the skin that diminishes naturally as we age is collagen. Making up 75% of our skin, collagen is responsible for maintaining that thick, supple, taut appearance. As such it is such a large molecule, collagen cannot penetrate the skin when applied to the skin in the form of a cream or serum, making peptides a great alternative. Peptides are blessed with the ability to signal cells to make more collagen and repair damaged cell structures.
Do I Look Younger Yet?!
The amount of time needed to see the results of a peptide formulated product depends largely on your skin’s specific situation and type. I know it’s hard to read, but the key to achieving the desired results of these products is patience. Be religious about applying your products. Most of the time, noticeable results will become apparent at least a month of routine application. For some, results can take up to three months. But do not let this deter you!
Remember to keep in mind that different product consistencies work differently, even if the ingredients are exactly the same. While peptide creams are beneficial for the skin, they may be too heavy. A cream’s thick consistency may diminish the effectiveness of active ingredients, as they cannot fully penetrate the skin. Serums, however, allow the peptides and other active ingredients to penetrate the skin more quickly, producing more meaningful results. Try incorporating a peptide cream and serum into your daily routine to achieve more noticeable results.
Bee Naturals Products with Peptides:
Bee Naturals’ Queen Bee Ultimate Eye Serum is formulated with three different strands of peptides that encourage a dramatic reduction in dark under-eye circles, puffiness, and fine lines. The information below highlights each strand’s characteristics, as well as instances in which the ingredients have been proven effective:
Haloxyl™: This peptide helps dramatically lighten dark under-eye circles by targeting the area’s thinning skin and hemoglobin degradation. A 2007 study applied 2% Haloxyl underneath the eyes of 22 females over the course of 56 days. The study revealed a 60% reduction in dark under-eye circles.
Tripeptide-5: What makes this smaller chain of amino acids such a prized anti-aging ingredient is its highly bioactive nature. This characteristic means the peptide can deeply penetrate the skin, where it is able to increase collagen production and healthy tissue growth by instructing existing skin cells to behave as they did in your 20s. Clinical studies have revealed the ingredients’ skin firming capabilities when used consistently.
Soy-rice Peptides: This highly active complex is derived from yeast protein typically used to address dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines surrounding the eyes. Clinical research has shown a significant reduction of such concerns by 35% after consistent application after 8 weeks. Such successful results are attributed to the ingredient’s ability to improve microcirculation, stimulate collagen and elastin, and reduce the effect of free radicals on the skin.