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There are multiple factors involved in the way our skin looks and feels, from lifestyle steps like getting enough sleep, to the ingredients in our skincare. Enter peptides, a powerful skincare ingredient known to help firm skin, strengthen skin barrier, and encourage it to look and feel younger. Thinking of adding peptides into your skincare routine? You’ve come to the right place! Let’s take a deep dive into this popular ingredient.
What are peptides?
Peptides occur naturally in the skin and in some plants, they can also be made synthetically in laboratories. All peptides are short chains of amino acids, these amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in the skin, including collagen, elastin, and keratin. Collagen is fundamental to the strength and health of the skin, and as we age, collagen production naturally slows down, meaning skin loses plumpness and tone. Unfortunately, our bodies are unable to absorb topical collagen, and can only produce it internally. However, our skin can absorb peptides, so when we apply peptide infused skincare it works to tell our cells to produce more collagen and elastin, leading to stronger, firmer skin.
Benefits of peptides
First up, peptides are a non-irritating, anti-ageing ingredient that anyone with any skin type from oily to dry, can safely add to their skincare routine. Peptides can and should be combined with other powerful active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, antioxidants and vitamin C for the best results. Peptides help to strengthen the skin barrier and prevent further damage from environmental factors such as pollutants. A stronger skin barrier can help the look of skin tone and smoothness. Thanks to their ability to inform skin cells to boost the production of collagen and elastin, peptides are also important for anyone looking to improve the look of lines, the appearance of wrinkles, and to help improve skin firmness.
How to add peptides to your skincare routine
Adding peptides to your skincare routine is relatively easy, even for those with sensitive skin. We would always recommend adding peptides to the serum or moisturiser step of your skincare routine, as these products stay on the skin surface for a long time, allowing the peptides to be efficiently absorbed. Watch this space, something big is coming soon.