In this week’s Ingredient 101 blogpost, we’re breaking down peptides, aka the underdog of skin rejuvenation.
Simply put, peptides are the building blocks of certain proteins that provide firmness and elasticity. They are not new to skincare but they have become more sophisticated and advanced, promising a dazzling array of benefits.
Firstly, they are naturally found in our body as short chains of amino acids that form proteins in our skin. Those proteins being collagen and elastin. Which we progressively lose with age, causing sagging and wrinkles.
This ingredient in topical skincare cannot be absorbed by the skin and magically replace peptides lost naturally from aging. The concept behind them in skincare is that on the surface of the skin they “trick” the skin into producing more collagen. Thanks to this, peptides can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
What type of skin benefits the most from peptides
All skin types can benefit from this ingredient. It’s especially great for dry or aging skin types as it provides tremendous help with fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. helping your skin stay firm and plump.
What benefits does it have on the skin?
They improve the skin by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles while also reducing inflammation (sensitivity-friendly!). This ingredient targets every skin type and helps your skin stay firm and plump.
Where can you find it?
Elta MD PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer. This nightly moisturizer from a derm-favorite brand contains peptides as well as niacinamide, a B vitamin that can brighten skin.
Revision Skincare DEJ Eye Cream. One of Dr. Gonzalez’s picks, this anti-aging eye cream boosts hydration in addition to containing peptides.
Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster. Thanks to its lightweight formula, you can use this peptide serum on its own or mix it with a moisturizer or serum for a soothing, dewy base before applying makeup.
The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%. This may be another lightweight serum, but it contains copper peptides, which helps with inflammation as well as signs of aging. A personal favorite even for non-mature skin!
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