There are so many skincare ingredients and it can be hard to know which ones you should be using and what they all do. Let’s talk about peptides, how are they benefiting your skin, and how should you use them:
What are peptides?
According to Healthline, peptides are “short chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of certain proteins needed by the skin, like collagen and elastin.” Peptides are often added to a serum or moisturizer that targets anti-aging and skin elasticity. Peptides are naturally occurring in the body, but as we age, we lose collagen, and adding peptides can help to boost your body’s collagen and make it work better for your skin.
They play crucial roles in various biological functions, acting as messengers in cell communication, hormones, and enzymes.
Benefits of peptides
Since peptides help with collagen and skin elasticity; they are often used to help combat fine lines and premature signs of aging. They can also help to improve the skin barrier, ease inflammation, protect the skin against UV damage, and treat acne. Different peptides may have specific functions, making them popular ingredients in various skincare products.
How to use peptides
Peptides can be found in all sorts of serums and moisturizers. This is the most beneficial type of product to add peptides to because they are long-lasting and have high contact with the skin. The peptides you want in your skincare are often listed as “palmitoyl” on the ingredients list, and you want them as close to the top as possible for maximum effect. Peptides can be expensive, but can also have a lasting impact on the skin.
To use peptides in skincare, incorporate products containing peptides into your routine. Look for serums, creams, or masks with peptide formulations. Follow the product instructions, typically applying them after cleansing and before moisturizing. Consistency is key for visible results, so use them regularly. However, it’s advisable to patch-test new products to ensure they don’t cause any adverse reactions on your skin. If you have specific concerns or conditions, consult a dermatologist for personalized advice.
Redhead-approved products with peptides inside
- PCA SKIN Eye Serum, Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel
- EltaMD PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer Lotion
- Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer Cream
- SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum
- Sonage Roux Tinted Day Creme with SPF 30
- Paula’s Choice Pro-Collagen Multi-Peptide Booster Serum
- COSRX Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream
- iS CLINICAL Super Serum Advance+
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