Everything you need to know about these anti-ageing powerhouses.
In the field of anti-ageing skincare, peptides are one of the most talked-about superhero ingredients. When applied to your skin, they deliver really good benefits, rejuvenating, revitalising and making it more resilient and strong.
What are peptides?
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks for proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. These proteins are the foundations of your skin and your give skin it’s texture, strength and resilience.
If we didn’t have peptides, our skin would be slacker, wrinkled and rough in texture with less ‘bounce.’
When applied to your skin, peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform their jobs such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging the skin to look and act younger.
Extensive scientific research has shown that peptides have been clinically proven to firm, soothe and hydrate the skin.
Different types of peptides have different effects, from smoothing wrinkles, repairing barrier function to increasing firmness and hydration. Several peptides can be combined in one product and most are found in anti-ageing products for the skin. Look for the words that end in ‘peptide’ or begin with ‘palmitoyl’ on skincare product labels.
Peptides are an essential ingredient if you want your skin to look younger and should be part of your everyday skincare regime. Consistent use is paramount because the need for cells to behave as healthy as young cells require daily attention.
Always know that using skincare products with a cocktail of beneficial ingredients is the best thing you can do for the health and appearance of your skin. Also, never ever forget daily sunscreen is a must.
What are the pros and cons of using them?
Due to their job of helping to reinforce essential proteins in the skin, peptides are powerful anti-ageing ingredients to include in your skincare regimen.
Because there are so many different peptides, having them combined in one product can allow you to target several different signs of ageing as well as reinforcing your skin’s barrier functions. However, if peptides are not stored correctly, they can be vulnerable to degradation from light and air – for example, if they are stored in jars where the product is directly exposed each time it is opened.
There are so many different types of peptide that you should be aware that some may cause irritation for certain skin types – so do your research before buying as peptide-infused products can be expensive.
Peptides: The lowdown
Peptides are a great addition to your skincare regimen because they can address so many skin concerns. But the best approach is to use products such as serums, moisturisers and daily broad-spectrum sunscreen which include antioxidants, vitamins and skin rejuvenating ingredients. Think of putting a good cocktail mix of skin hero ingredients together in your routine and you won’t go wrong!