Peptides – What are they?
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. These proteins are the foundations of your skin and are responsible for your skin texture, strength and resilience. Without peptides, our skin is less intact which can lead to sagging of the skin, wrinkles, a change in texture and less ‘bounce’.
When applied topically to the skin, peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging skin to look and act younger.
If I have peptides in my skin why do I need them in my skincare?
We lose 1% of our remaining collagen per year after age 30. Our skin’s natural communication channels also slow down over time.
But simply slathering peptides onto your skin doesn’t necessarily give you more of them. Your body sees these peptides as ‘signals’ that you need to heal, which tells your body to produce more collagen where you need it most.
How do I know If my skincare has peptides
There are a lot of different peptides used in skincare. There are peptides that boost firmness, improve moisture balance, smooth wrinkles, calm redness, enhance the exfoliation process or help with uneven skin tone.
Peptides perform much better in the alongside other skincare ingredients like amino acids, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid. Since peptides strengthen the skin barrier, they are perfect to use in combination with retinol or other forms of vitamin A, which sometimes is not well tolerated by a sensitive skin.
Look in the ingredient list on your serum or moisturiser (INCI) for names like
Palmitoyl Tripeptide (also known as Matrixyl 3000 skin firming/collagen stimulant peptide) – you will find this wonder ingredient in our Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (a neuropeptide that reduces fine lines),
Acetyl Hexapeptide (Argireline, a muscle relaxing peptide),
Myristoyl Pentapeptide (a peptide known to increase skin hydration)
Hexanoyl Dipeptide (a cell renewing peptide).
When will I see results from peptides in my skincare?
Unfortunately, there is no one answer for this: it varies between types of products used, the ingredients used, the desired effect, and an individual’s skin cycle. The skin cycle is the process in which new skin cells are created, travel up through the skin, and eventually end up on the very top layer as dead skin cells. As we age, this cycle takes more and more time: in our early 20s, it is generally around 14-21 days, which increases to around 28 days in middle age, and can slow to 60-90 days in our 50s and 60s.