As a Skin Care Professional and Certified Natural Health Practitioner, I approach skin care with a “whole body” approach. That is, I recognize that our skin, the largest organ of the human body, often reflects all that we put in, or on, our bodies. As a result, when it comes to treating skin, we really need to consider everything we are doing to nourish it, from both the inside and outside as well. That’s why today, I wanted to have a little pep talk about peptides.
Peptides, if you’ll bear with me, are a complicated thing but I hope with this blog to simplify the discussion about what they are and the important role they play in skin care. Much of my information comes from years of research in the field and through my constant thirst for reading and discovering new knowledge that I can share with my clients. Amongst other sources including industry magazines, scientific journals, valid Internet sources and others, there is Dermascope. They recently looked at peptides in an article written by Susan Wade.
Scientists began to understand peptides as early as the beginning of the 20th century with discoveries made by Emil Fisher, a German scientist. He was a noted chemist and actually won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1902. He is largely considered instrumental in the discovery of the class of drugs known as barbiturates; sedative drugs used to treat epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety and as an anaesthetic. He also documented the Fisher Peptide Synthesis. (1) It’s a complicated and scientific explanation but for our purposes, Fisher would have been one of the first to identify that peptides and amino acids work together and that’s important because amino acids are the building blocks of protein. These are both important factors when it comes to our skin. Susan Wade describes it this way:
“There are approximately 20 amino acids with nine being essential, meaning they are required for health but the body does not produce them, so they have to be obtained from certain foods. There are also 11 non-essential amino acids, meaning the body produces these amino acids without relying on ingesting certain foods.” (2.1) These amino acids play a role in the health of our skin but for me, this quote resonates because I interpret this to place emphasis on the importance of understanding the critical role of the foods we eat in both our nutritional and skin health.
Later in the article, Susan talks further about peptides, going on to explain that: “Peptides are crucial to almost all biological actions in the body. Scientists now understand that cells do not like to grow in isolation. However, they thrive in a system of communication where there is a two-way connection between cells and organs….. (and) one of the main purposes of peptides is to communicate very specific messages to the cells as they perform millions of tasks.” (2.2) Again, as I understand it, for me, this means the role of peptides, in communicating with cells to promote cellular regeneration, cannot be underestimated and plays a huge role in helping skin to regenerate and rejuvenate.
Since the skin is our largest organ and provides protection (really, this is skins primary role) peptides help facilitate the communication that takes place when skin needs to repair and renew itself. Peptides “provide the missing link” (2.3) and help to reduce inflammation, stimulate new dermal growth, create new collagen and elastin and more. Ask your skin care professional if they truly understand the role of peptides in your skin care regime because the better he or she understands the role of peptides, the better he or she will be able to help you with all of your specific skin care requirements. Feel free to contact me today to discuss this and other skin care facts anytime. I’m Klara and I bring “Klarity” to the science of understanding your skin!
*Klarity with Klara writes blogs for general information purposes only and makes every effort to ensure any stated facts are well researched through credible sources, those sources are cited properly and that all information provided is current and accurate. However, we make no legal representation to this effect.
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