Australian Women’s Weekly NZ

The power of peptides

In the quest for maintaining youth, we’ve seen some quirky skincare treatments come and go in recent decades – snail slime, salmon sperm and vampire facials led the way in the not-for-the-squeamish solutions to smoothing out complexion creases. More recently, Jennifer Aniston prompted tongues to wag when she admitted to having peptide therapy – a weekly facial injection of amino acids.

Why would anyone do that? The theory behind it goes something like this: Amino acids are tiny fragments that, when combined, form peptides. Those peptides are the building blocks of proteins like collagen and elastin, which are the bricks and mortar of firm, bouncy skin.

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