Peptides are mini proteins that pack a punch in skin care products. To understand how peptides help our skin stay youthful looking, it is important to discuss collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about a third of its protein composition. It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas and teeth. You can think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. In fact, the word comes from the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue.

When collagen is depleted by age and environmental factors, including sunlight, it is not fully replaced. As a result, smooth, young skin slowly becomes thinner and wrinkled over time. As collagen deteriorates, it produces certain peptides. These peptides send a “message” to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more. When skin care peptides are applied topically, your skin “thinks” that it’s a collagen break down product and that your body needs to manufacture new collagen. So you can successfully minimize wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides that trigger the production of collagen.

Peptides are like anti-aging keys that unlock skin cell surface receptors to open communication to help skin rejuvenate and repair itself.  Peptides are less irritating than other anti-aging ingredients, so they are easier to use for sensitive pre or post menopausal skin types.  With peptides creating such a buzz in the industry, they are constantly being research and developed into new and exciting ways!

Add a peptide infused product to your daily routine to support collagen production. Paragon is currently offering a skin renewal facial and a full size Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3, a tri-peptide take home product that targets moisture loss, firming and pigmentation issues all for $135. Hurry! Offer expires 3/31/17.