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You might think of peptides as a luxury skincare ingredient, but these essential cell-signaling agents are at the core of cellular health. As the bonds that link amino acids together into chains to form protein, peptides are the building blocks of skin structure. The majority of chemical reactions, biological responses and regulatory processes in the body are modulated in some part by these amino acid sequences.

What exactly do they do for your skin? 

Here are 4 ways peptides are fundamental to every regimen.

1)  Peptides boost collagen and elastin.

Peptides are messenger molecules that tell the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, the essential elements of a healthy skin structure. As such, their primary function is combatting fine lines, wrinkles, and thinning skin. They are also the protectors of telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that keep cells from aging. As a catalyst for collagen renewal, peptides are comparable to the action of retinoic acid without the irritation.

2)  Peptides increase hydration and elasticity in the skin.

Hyaluronic acid is the key molecule involved in skin hydration. It has the unique ability to bind and retain moisture, which keeps skin looking supple and plump. As we age, the skin produces less HA, which leads to dullness, dryness and fine lines. Peptides spur HA synthesis to maintain resiliency and elasticity.

3)  Peptides reduce redness.

Peptides have a calming, anti-inflammatory effect that makes them an excellent choice for treating rosacea, redness, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by acne breakouts.

4)  Peptides Reduce Pigmentation

Peptides also play a critical role in controlling excess pigmentation by inhibiting enzymes that can trigger an overproduction of melanin.