If you’ve come to this particular post in search of an answer to the question, ‘Umm… what on earth are peptides?’, you’re not alone. Most of us have heard of them before but don’t actually know what they are, why they exist, or what we need them for.
Well, it turns out, they’re super important and do wonders for our skin. With that in mind, we’re about to answer every burning question you have so you can finally understand what this wonder ingredient can do for you and your complexion…
What Are Peptides?
Let’s start by answering this question as simply as we can. Peptides are short chains of amino acids (two or more) that are linked together by chemical bonds.
Simple enough right?
Let’s discover a little more…
These tiny chains act as the building blocks for your skin. They form its foundation and are responsible for its strength and elasticity, as well as its texture.
For example, if your skin was without peptides, you’d experience a significant loss of firmness, you’d have many more wrinkles, and, the texture would be less than desirable!
Therefore, you can see why it’s so important that peptides have a place in your skincare routine going forward. To make sure this happens, let’s go through all of the many benefits you’ll experience from including them, plus why they’re essential for the long-term health and appearance of your skin.
Where Do Peptides Come From?
So, where do these miracle mini chains come from? That part’s a little easier to understand. Some peptides are found in nature, whilst others are synthetic and man-made.
Natural peptides can be found in food sources such as oats, wheat, flaxseed, and more. However, these natural forms of peptides have been found to become unstable in water. Therefore, skincare products that contain water, as so many do, are unable to properly contain them.
To solve this problem, synthetic peptides are created, which are much more stable in water solutions. They’re also more affordable for this reason meaning, these days, you can find a wide range of peptide-rich products to suit your needs as well as your budget.
And don’t worry, we’ll go into more detail about the difference between man-made peptides and natural peptides later on!
What Are The Main Benefits Of Including Peptides In My Skincare Routine?
Still, wondering what all the fuss is about?
Let us explain in a little more detail!
The benefits of including peptides within your skincare regimen are undeniable. Trust us, once you’ve read through this list, you’ll be wondering how you’ve gone this long without your daily dose!
- They’ll really help to strengthen your skin
As we age, the number of proteins within the dermis drops significantly. This means our skin becomes gradually less bouncy and weaker overall. These proteins such as elastin, keratin, and collagen (the most plentiful protein in your body) work together with peptides. Therefore, as they reduce, we need a larger dose of peptides to help re-strengthen them. This is alongside our connective tissue which is responsible for maintaining the skins’ youthful structure (as well as recovery from injuries to the skin).
- It’ll increase collagen production
Luckily for all of us seeking out ways to improve our formerly trampoline-like skin, (or for those simply wishing to maintain theirs) peptides may be the answer!
Why? Peptides have actually been proven to stimulate collagen production. And, as if that wasn’t dreamy enough, they also can work to significantly slow the breakdown of our skin’s natural collagen. Peptides are therefore working double time for you, improving your collagen production and maintenance, and your skins’ health and elasticity overall!
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- You’ll see a significant improvement in texture
Though we can take every precaution to ensure we protect our sensitive skin from the sun’s rays, at least some exposure to UV damage is rather unavoidable. Over time, this can lead to skin damage, even if we can’t see it. Whether the effects are mild for you or you know you’ve neglected to take precautions in the sunshine, UV exposure can be responsible for premature aging of the skin. This goes alongside fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, pigmentation, and more. Luckily, some peptides have been shown to improve these side effects allowing the skin to repair and restore a more even complexion.
- Firmer skin and fewer wrinkles!
Some of the main skin concerns that many of us have are related to a loss of firmness and an increase in age lines. And, whilst these things are a totally natural part of growing older, it doesn’t mean we can’t slow the effects and joy a more youthful complexion for longer.
That’s where peptides can really help! Peptides have great anti-aging benefits due to their role in strengthening and maintaining the structure of our skin alongside other proteins.
Therefore, once you introduce peptides into your skincare regimen, you’ll likely find your skin feels much tighter and has fewer wrinkles. The latter is thanks to that increase in collagen production!
Collagen allows the skin to become and feel much plumper than before, in turn, this smooths out lines that have formed over time resulting in a softer, more radiant complexion.
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Is There More Than One Type of Peptide Found In Skincare Products?
Amazingly, there are more than a hundred types of peptides out there. So, as you can imagine, we’re not about to start listing them all to you!
Instead, we will let you know that although there are so many, they can be more easily defined and identified by the effects that they offer. They’re more easily grouped together in that way too.
When it comes to skincare, there are five clear types of peptides to look out for in your skincare lineup. Each type will offer something unique to your skin and will significantly improve it as a result.
- Carrier Peptides
Carrier peptides are the ones responsible for safely transporting and delivering nutrients like manganese and trace elements of copper deep into your skin. This will aid skin repair and help to heal injuries to the skin too.
- Enzyme Inhibiting Peptides
As you might have guessed, enzyme inhibiting peptides, inhibit enzymes. But what does that actually mean? It means that these peptides are responsible for disabling enzymes such as those that contribute to hyperpigmentation and tissue degradation. Meanwhile, they’ll also help to stop the premature breakdown of collagen.
- Antimicrobial Peptides
These peptides are your main defense peptides. They form an immune response within the skin that holds both immune defense and antibacterial qualities.
- Signaling Peptides
These clever little structures are the ones responsible for directing your skin to produce greater quantities of collagen and elastin. They inform your skin that there is damage and that it, therefore, needs to repair itself by producing more of these unparalleled skin-enhancing proteins!
- Neurotransmitter-Inhibiting Peptides
Neurotransmitter-Inhibiting Peptides are often referred to as ‘natural botox’. Unsurprisingly, this makes them one of the most popular and sought after peptides found in skincare today.
So what do they do?
We’re glad you asked!
Neurotransmitter inhibiting peptides work to slow, or, inhibit, the chemicals within our skin which trigger muscle movement. This means reduced motion in our facial muscles which allows for a smoother complexion and less chance of developing wrinkles and frown lines.
What Is The Difference Between Natural And Man-Made Peptides?
The main difference between these two peptides, of course, is that one materializes naturally within the body whilst the other is created synthetically. But, how exactly does that work, and what does it mean for your skincare?
Firstly, natural peptides and formed from nutrients within the food we consume. Our bodies can work out what we need from these peptides and can create them internally to benefit us in whatever way we require them to.
Meanwhile, synthetic peptides, are created for particular purposes and can be altered to deliver certain results when they react and/or combine with specific proteins. This makes them considerably more stable than natural peptides and allows their use in skincare products.
So, for example, those types of peptides we listed above are created synthetically and then delivered into certain skincare products designed to improve a certain area of concern for your skin.
Again, we can understand why synthetically created Neutrotransmitter-Inhibiting Peptides would be one of the more popular, and therefore most expensive, peptides on the market.
How Do Peptides Work For And Affect Our Skin?
In order for peptides to work effectively, they must penetrate the skin and get to the cells. This can be achieved by combining them with other skincare products, keep reading to find out more!
Once they’ve penetrated the skin, some brighten, some hydrate, some boost healing properties, and so on!
Very cleverly, your body recognizes these peptides (long chains of amino acids) as damaged skin cells, therefore, if/when they’re absorbed into the skin, your body reads this as a message that damage has occurred and works to repair and replace collagen and elastin.
When/ How Should I Introduce Peptides Into My Skincare Regimen?
Now that you know all there is to know about peptides, how they’re formed/created, and what they can do for your skin, it’s time to move onto one of our most asked questions!
How and when should you introduce peptides into your daily skincare regimen?
We have the answer…
Firstly, there’s a clue in the question! Peptides absolutely deserve a place in your skincare routine daily. Unlike some other products or ingredients we recommend using just once or twice a week, peptides are beneficial for use both in the morning and at night.
Additionally, don’t wait to introduced peptides to your skin. Their anti-aging benefits as well ad the way they smooth, hydrate, and even out your complexion isn’t something we recommend you wait on!
If you’re wondering ‘when?’, in terms of the place it should take in the lineup of daily products you use, we can help with that too! Seeing as many peptide-rich skincare products are water-based, and therefore lighter than SPF or moisturizers you might apply at the end of your routine, apply them early on. We recommend after cleansing and toning the skin whether in the morning or at night.
Will Peptide-Rich Products Work Alongside My Other Skincare Products?
Happily for those of us with a full collection of cleansers, toners, creams, and serums in our cabinets, peptides will work with many of the products in your existing lineup. That said, it’s super important to note that whilst some will significantly improve the performance of peptides, others are best avoided.
Now, we know that might sound scary but, don’t panic! We’ll take you simply through the do’s and don’t of layering your go-to skincare products below…
- …use Peptides both in the morning and at night! Considering all of the benefits a peptides cream or serum can provide in terms of skin healing, elasticity, collagen production, and anti-aging, it’d be a crime not to make the most of them whenever you can!
- …use peptides with retinoids! Why? Using both of these ingredients means you’ll have the benefits of your collagen boosting retinoid alongside the fact that it actually works to enhance how well your peptides can penetrate deeper into your skin.
- …opt for a vitamin C derivative over pure vitamin C. A vitamin C derivative will work much more harmoniously with peptides than pure vitamin C, more on that below!
- …use hyaluronic acid and peptides in the correct order. If it’s a hyaluronic cream you’re using, go ahead and apply your peptide serum first. This will allow those peptides to be absorbed more easily and to get working on boosting collagen and elasticity without having to fight through a thicker layer of cream. This will also work well as a buffer if you plan to add a vitamin C derivative after!
- …use pure vitamin C with peptide serum. Whilst this combo won’t cause you any harm, the ingredients in each will cancel each other out stopping both products from delivering the results you deserve!
- …apply your peptide serum next to direct acid. This will also change PH levels and lessen their effects.