Whatever your age, skin depends on collagen to give pliability, strength, and smoothness. That's why peptides are so important: peptides are fragments of proteins, and your skin needs them to maintain and rebuild collagen. Collagen makes up 75 percent of skin’s support structure; think of it as the boxspring under your mattress, giving your skin structure and support.
Collagen starts to degrade with age, and your genetics can affect how fast that degradation happens. We lose collagen year after year, and over time the collagen we make lowers in quality. Your first line of defense is to protect the collagen you have, rather than trying to make up for bad sun protection and lifestyle habits later.
Free radicals damage existing collagen and impede the quality of new collagen production. As free radicals form in our skin, they speed collagen breakdown. Free radicals are caused by environmental factors like UV rays and pollution, bad lifestyle habits like smoking and lack of sleep, and a poor diet. Our first line of defense against free radicals are antioxidants, and a diet rich in them will help to counteract the effects of the free radicals in our system.
After 30 we begin to lose collagen, so it is essential to choose topicals that contain antioxidants and peptides. Our Peptide Booster Serum and Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment naturally stimulate collagen production and enhance its quality. Coupled with retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids (find those in our Fruit Acid Toner), peptides offer a gentle push to collagen production.