If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all the buzzwords in skincare today, we are here to clear things up. While not all ‘IT’ products and ingredients succeed at fulfilling their tall claims, some are genuinely good for your skin. One such ingredient that has caught everyone’s eye lately is peptides.
But what exactly are peptides and should you be adding them to your skincare routine? We are answering this and much more today, so keep on reading!
- What are peptides?
- What are the benefits of peptides for the skin?
- What are some misconceptions about peptides?
- What is the best way to introduce peptides into your skincare routine?
What are peptides?
Simply put, peptides are a kind of protein. Their main function is to promote collagen production in your skin. The reason why they are so popular among dermatologists is because of their capacity to get easily absorbed by the top layer of your skin. They are also able to penetrate deep, to a cellular level, and boost collagen production from within. Easily formulated into face serums, moisturisers, and masks, peptides have become very accessible for skincare lovers.
What are the benefits of peptides for the skin?
Any ingredient that helps build collagen in your skin will have multifold benefits. Here are some fast facts about peptides for skin:
Reduces fine lines: A boost in collagen will make your skin plump and smooth out fine lines for a more youthful appearance. Improves skin barrier: Working on your collagen levels, peptides also strengthen your skin’s barrier, protecting it from most environmental damage.
Improves skin texture: Peptides are able to lock in hydration, making your skin look healthier and brighter. This, in turn, preserves your skin from wrinkles, discolouration, loss of firmness and a dull complexion. Contains antioxidants: Packed with antioxidants, peptides help fight against free radical damage and inflammation in your skin.
Repairs skin: Since peptides work to replace broken down collagen, they are indirectly repairing your skin. This also helps in smoothing out your complexion by revealing clearer skin from underneath.
What are some misconceptions about peptides?
While peptides do have the ability to “trick” your skin into thinking it needs more collagen production, it is in no way a miracle worker. One of the biggest misconceptions about peptides is that they are able to smooth lines in the same way a treatment like Botox might. We are here to tell you that’s not true. Treatments like Botox are intense and cannot be replaced by topical creams or serums.
Peptides can also be used in vague terms to describe any chain of protein used in a product. You might need to supplement your skincare with other super ingredients. For instance, nothing can replace retinol when it comes to seeking out anti-ageing benefits. Peptides will lend you a helping hand, but relying on them as a complete solution may be a bad idea.
What is the best way to introduce peptides into your skincare routine?
When it comes to adding active ingredients in your skincare routine, we’d always recommend consulting a dermatologist to best understand your needs. And once you are aware of your skin’s needs, peptides can be added into skincare in the form of serums and moisturisers. While there are face washes and masks available in the market, peptides work best when they are left on your skin for longer than just a quick wash or a 15-minute mask!