Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins and have a variety of benefits when consumed as supplements or used as skincare ingredients. They may be ingested orally, topically, or intravenously. Some peptides are naturally occurring and others are synthetic.
Unlike a protein, peptides are smaller and can enter the bloodstream more easily. This makes them a promising new delivery vehicle for drugs and other therapeutics.
The front runners in this game are small-molecule and large-molecule drug delivery, but a new class of peptide-based nano-assemblies is now emerging that lands right in between.
BAPCs (Branched Amphiphilic peptide capsules are self-assembling peptide-based nano-capsular spheres with unique properties. They are a hybrid of lipid-based nano-capsules and self-assembling peptides that form via cooperative association.
While this technology is still in its early stages, it has significant advantages over traditional peptides and liposomes. Unlike peptides that are dissolved in lipid, the tails of BAPCs are held together by hydrophobic interactions, while the peptide cores are stabilized by intra- and inter-molecular pi-stacking between phenylalanine aromatic rings.
Incorporating peptides into your skin care routine can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as boost collagen levels to give skin a more plump and firm structure. They also play an important role in maintaining the skin barrier, protecting against bacteria and pollution. There are many other benefits of incorporating peptides into your daily regimen, including improved skin tone and texture, more energy, and less fatigue.