Peptides for Skin Health

Post by Stephani Waldron-Trapp, N.D.
July 2, 2016

Skin health is affected by several nutrients. Nutrients that have been shown to benefit skin health include: vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, peptides, and essential fatty acids.  In this blog, I will be discussing how peptides are great sources for skin health.

Peptides are made up of small sequences of amino acids from the protein found in our skin. Levels of peptides in our skin are dependent on enzyme levels in the area and have been associated with a variety of skin disorders such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Examples of peptides include; cathelicidins, defensins, dermicidins, palmitoyl-KTTKS, and more.

Peptides have several skin health benefits. They provide protection from the sun and they have the ability to reduce sun damage to skin. They provide antimicrobial activity and are good for wound healing. They can reduce hyperpigmentation of skin by enhancing a skin whitening effect and some peptides reduce melanin. Other peptides can increase melanin and promote protection from the sun.

Increasing levels of peptides in the skin requires topical applications of synthetic peptide rich formulas. However, other ingredients found in poorly made formulas can alter the ability of our skin to absorb these peptides. For this reason, it is essential to purchase a professional quality product to ensure good absorption. Consider attending this month’s WellnesSeries class to learn more on choosing the healthiest products for skin care!

If you would like to purchase professional quality nutrients for your skin, consider a professional quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. Try “Nutrient 950” and receive 15% off this month! Place your order today!

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