Peptides are one of the most confusing topics for consumers.  Most of us are familiar with seeing the word aspart of a name or description, but do most of us really know what they do?  The truth is it is a very broad and complex subject,so it is not a shocker that many people are nodding at this wonderous ingredient but have no clue what it is doing to their skin.

Peptides have all different kinds of functions and there are peptides to help with almost any kind of problem. In general, they are small chains of amino acids that are fundamental components of cells and their functions.  The industry likes to call them “the building blocks” or “messengers” of proteins.   According to Bethany McCarver, Director of Research and Development at Free Radical Technology works as a formulating chemist says this, “These proteins make up very important elements of the skin such as collagen and elastin.  Without strong “building blocks” the skin can become saggy, form wrinkles and lose structure. Peptides also signal different reactions in the skin.  They work as messengers to tell the body what to do.”  As we age, our skin produces less collagen and other elements on its own allowing the skin to then lose its shape causing wrinkles; however, by adding peptides to your skincare regimen it helps keep the skin functioning at a younger level making the skin look more youthful and vibrant.

As the lead formulating chemist for Thyrst Beauty, McCarver has included peptides in our formulas (because we are such believers in skincare that works); therefore, because they are created through science and chemistry, they are derived from natural components but not exactly natural.  Therefore, Thyrst Beauty cannot claim 100%natural ingredients—however, we use peptides for efficacy which make our products actually to what they say they will do! Our products include ingredients that have a tightening effect which smooths fine lines as well as an ingredient that promotes the production of elastin and collagen.  Don’t be fooled by products that claim 100%natural ingredients, it doesn’t exactly mean they work better just because they are all natural.  In fact, it likely means they could be more ineffective.

When purchasing skincare with a peptide label or description it likely has some component that will do something to your skin, but it may not be as obvious what that is.  Do your research and make sure your consult a professional for what type of ingredients are going to be most effective for your complexion.  

Written by Allyson Welch

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