What is a Peptide Complex?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
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  • Last Modified Date: 11 October 2016
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Peptide complexes are compounds that are designed to make use of a chain of amino acids to create and release protein to nourish the skin. These products are sometimes touted as effective anti-aging creams and ointments, with some manufacturers claiming results that are equal to that of plastic surgery. While the more extreme claims are somewhat dubious, there is evidence that a good quality peptide complex can be helpful in keeping the skin properly moisturized and thus looking younger that it would otherwise.

To understand how this compound works, it is important to understand the nature of a peptide. Essentially, a peptide is a string of amino acids that help to form an important portion of a protein. The strings may involve anywhere from eight to twenty amino acids, depending on the nature of the type of peptide that is being formed. Peptides are very important to the creation of protein that aids in the regeneration process for different organs, including the skin.


The peptide complex itself is normally in the form of a lotion or ointment that can be applied to the skin after a shower. While there are a number of different formulas used for these types of products, most are designed to manage skin care in several important ways. First, the peptide complex will help to replace moisture lost from the skin during the course of the day, including any moisture that is leeched from the skin during a hot bath or shower. Restoring a healthy balance of moisture to the skin helps to prevent the appearance of rough, dry patches that can in turn lead to significant damage to the top layer of the epidermis.

Along with restoring lost moisture, a good peptide complex will also help to reverse some of the effects of abuse to the skin over the years. The topical application of various proteins can nourish the skin, helping it to regain a healthier level of tone. Skin that was formally somewhat dull-looking will begin to exhibit a healthy glow, while also creating an obvious toning effect that minimizes sagging skin. As the skin begins to tighten, fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear, or at least minimize to the point that they are barely noticeable. The overall effect is that with continuous treatment, the skin appears more youthful and vigorous, effectively allowing the individual to project a sense of being in good health.

For people who want a more youthful appearance, but are uncomfortable with the idea of undergoing cosmetic surgery, the use of a good quality complex is a solid option. While claims that the results will be similar to that of surgery may or may not be true, there is no doubt that products of this type can make a positive impact on the general appearance, as well as provide the skin with much needed nutrients. While some peptide complex products are quite expensive, it is possible to purchase brands that are of excellent quality at reasonable prices.


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