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Collagen peptides, TikTok’s hottest skincare sensation – gimmick or game-changer?

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How exactly do collagen peptides promote healthy skin? And how can we incorporate them into our routines? Most importantly, do they genuinely deliver on the promise of youthful, plump skin?

There are 28 known types of collagen, with type I collagen accounting for 90% of the collagen in the human body. Picture: Sora Shimazaki /Pexels

AS SKINCARE continues to push boundaries, a new favourite is popping up everywhere. And no, it’s not just in your serums and moisturisers: it’s collagen peptides.

For those who live and breathe skincare, the role of collagen in keeping skin firm, healthy, and plump is old news.

But lately, TikTok has been buzzing about collagen peptides and their magical powers to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while giving skin a radiant, dewy glow.

Once you dive into those TikTok videos, it’s hard to stop scrolling through the endless testimonials praising collagen peptides.

But this leads to the burning question: are collagen peptides a genuine skincare revolution or just another marketing gimmick? Understanding this new trend and what it means for our skin is both fascinating and essential.

Though collagen peptides naturally occur in our bodies, the research into their skincare benefits is still fairly new.

So, how exactly do collagen peptides promote healthy skin? And how can we incorporate them into our routines? Most importantly, do they genuinely deliver on the promise of youthful, plump skin?

Peptides are generally multi-functional. Picture: Pavel Danilyuk/Pexels

To get some expert insights, Independent Media Lifestyle reached out to Dr Bradley Wagemaker, the Medical Director at Lamelle Research Laboratories, to decode the buzz around collagen peptides.

What are peptides?

Peptides, also known as collagen peptides, are tiny pieces of protein from collagen. More specifically, peptides are a type of amino acid that builds up collagen with three polypeptide chains.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, including keratin, elastin, and, mostly, collagen.

There are 28 known types of collagen, with type I collagen accounting for 90% of the collagen in the human body.

What is the role played by peptides in skin and body health?

Peptides provide essential support to tissues and play crucial roles in various cellular processes such as tissue repair, immune response, cellular communication, and cellular migration, which is necessary for tissue maintenance.

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They can be thought of as the building blocks of our skin and body, contributing to the health of hair, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. In particular, peptides keep our skin plump and firm, helping to prevent sagging.

In essence, collagen acts as the “glue” that holds the body together, giving it structure and durability.

Most scientific studies on skincare peptides focus on their anti-ageing benefits.

According to Wagemaker, studies conducted have demonstrated the ability of various families of peptides to perform multiple activities within human skin.

These activities include reducing skin melanin (pigment) production, enhancing collagen production, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the production of carbohydrates like hyaluronic acid.

The effects of peptides are numerous and vary based on their structure and sequence.

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How do peptides work to promote youthful skin and potentially influence longevity?

Peptides act like signals for our skin cells, explained Wagemaker. Depending on their structure, they can either boost or suppress specific cell activities.

These tiny molecules can interact with cell surface receptors or even enter cells and affect DNA.

Unlike moisturisers that directly add moisture to the skin, peptides work more subtly. They send signals to the skin, prompting it to start its own healing process. This natural healing leads to the production of more collagen, an essential protein that helps keep the skin firm and youthful.

Peptides are often depleted by factors like UV damage, stress, smoking, and free radicals. For those experiencing early signs of ageing, peptides can signal the skin to produce more collagen and possibly hyaluronic acid.

This can help repair the skin barrier, making it look plumper and more resilient.

Peptides are versatile molecules with varying strengths in influencing cell activities, making it hard to pinpoint a single type for a specific effect.

According to Wagemaker, the real challenge for formulators of peptide-based products is to target specific cell activities without causing unintended effects on others.

Peptides in skincare products are considered very safe. Picture: Joana Mags /Pexels

Peptides are generally multi-functional, and isolating one for a single purpose is nearly impossible due to their broad range of activities. Take copper tri-peptide, for instance. Known for its wound-healing abilities, it also promotes hair follicle growth.

Similarly, powerful collagen-stimulating peptides, like certain growth factors, can also inhibit pigment production and reduce inflammation.

“In essence, peptides don’t work in a “one peptide, one effect” manner, but rather affect multiple cell activities.”

Are there side effects to using peptides in skincare?

Peptides in skincare products are considered very safe. These tiny molecules don’t get absorbed into the bloodstream and haven’t been found to cause any toxic or harmful side effects.

Users can generally apply them without worrying about adverse reactions.

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