By Crystal Robbins, Content Creator, DERMA E

There is no such thing as a “magic potion” or a “quick-fix” when you want to have youthful, beautiful skin. Nevertheless, we can implement some of nature’s most powerful ingredients to help!

What are Peptides & Collagen?

Most recently, the spotlight has been placed on two super ingredients that help to combat signs of aging and help to improve overall skin health — peptides and collagen. Many of us have heard of one or both of these before, but what exactly are peptides and collagen and how do they work? Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function and to produce more collagen.

Collagen is an important protein in our skin that gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin, from age and environmental factors, wrinkles are revealed. When peptides are applied topically to the skin, it can send a signal to existing collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen.

How do you best use them for beautiful-looking skin? Peptides are best applied in topically with serums or creams. You can start to see results in 4 to 12 weeks. It’s important to keep in mind that repeated and consistent use is important with peptides.

It’s often difficult to find effective natural serums and creams that contain both peptides and collagen. Luckily, DERMA E recently launched its new Skin Restore, Advanced Peptides & Collagen line which features revolutionary, double-action formulas with collagen and multi-peptides, Matrixyl® synthe’6® and Argireline®. These powerful anti-aging peptides help to visibly soften and smooth the look of even the deepest wrinkles. More specifically, Argireline® helps to visibly smooth the appearance of fine lines, leaving skin feeling soft and Matrixyl® synthe’6® may help support collagen for healthy-looking tone and texture. Enriched with plant extract Pycnogenol®, antioxidants Vitamin C and Green Tea, these intense hydrating peptide-infused formulas help to restore the look of your skin for a more youthful-looking appearance.

Other key factors for staying youthful-looking:

In partnership with this, it’s still important to maintain healthy lifestyle habits to support skin health. As most of us know, water is the most beneficial ingredient to help with not just your skin but also your overall health.

The human body is approximately 60% water, so it only makes sense that water is vital for our health. With adequate water consumption, skin should dramatically improve. Reducing the amount of caffeine and alcohol intake will also increase hydration throughout the body, help your skin to feel smoother, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Just as important to staying hydrated is making sure that you are getting enough sleep every night. Sleep and reducing stress is critical for healthy skin. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles, bags under your eyes and a dull complexion, causing skin to show age. So, incorporate all of these easy ways to improve your overall skin health.

(This blog post was produced and paid for by DERMA E.)