Peptides are active ingredients that have become common place in skincare and are one of the most discussed ingredients for anti-ageing. They are crucial for both the function and appearance of healthy skin.

What are Peptides?

Peptides, found naturally in the body, come in multiple forms and are developed through many combinations of amino acids. They have several different roles in the body such as, creating proteins for muscle growth and repair, protection from bacteria via the skin barrier as well as for healing wounds on the skin. Peptides are not only made in the body, but are also found in food such as meat, fish and pulses.

What Role do Peptides Play in Skincare?

There are many purposes for including peptides formations in skincare; Peptides, depending on their size (the number of amino acid chains in which they are formed) can carry out different roles within the body and when used topically on the skin, give signals to the skin cells, triggering them for carry out specific functions. These functions include:
1. Fending off unwanted bacteria on the skin, which can lead to acne
2. Inhibiting enzyme action that causes hyperpigmentation in the skin
3. Transporting minerals to the skin that help to heal the skin and restore its barrier function
4. Signalling to the skin to synthesise collagen, elastin or hyaluronic acid in the skin

What is ProCol1+?

ProCol1+ is a plant-based peptide formulated from soya, that helps to signal to the skin to increase collagen synthesis, whilst plumping and hydrating. Collagen is one of the key structural proteins that is responsible for giving the skin structure and strength. As we age, the rate of collagen synthesis slows, resulting in the appearance of less volume and smoothness in the skin. Similarly, exposure to harmful UV rays and environmental aggressors such as smoking, declines the production of collagen.

Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed directly into the skin when applied in topical skincare products. Peptides however, as the building blocks of collagen, have the ability to absorb into the skin and when used in skincare, can stimulate the production of collagen.
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