Here's Why Everyone's Talking About Peptides in Skin Care

Peptides are kind of like the PPI claim - people talk about them and they get thrown around, but I don't think many of us really understand them or know what they really offer.

As Freud puts it, they carry "the stamp of serious science," but much of the information beauty brands provide about their selection of peptides is hollow: They describe them as "skin-tightening" or "enhancing," There's no real


Here’s an introduction to peptides: As you probably know, collagen is a protein. Proteins are made up of amino acids arranged in chains. When collagen breaks down, shorter amino acid parts are created.

These small proteins and molecules are called peptides, and they have the ability to virtually control your cells, making them produce more collagen, for example.

That's not all. Representing Harley Medical Group, consultant dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall believes peptides can have many different applications. "They can have collagen-boosting effects, but there are other types of pep

tides that can help with general skin regeneration.

For example, pigmentation on sun-damaged skin may be reduced, skin elasticity may improve, and the skin may appear smoother and more youthful. Tight,” she explains. "Some peptides can even be used in wound healing due to their

regenerative effects," she adds.

"Copper tripeptide is a great example. It's used to heal wounds or relieve inflammation, and it also promotes collagen and elastin synthesis and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. That's why you get it in so many

different Find it in the product.”

Want more? There are also peptides that can improve hydration. "Keratin peptides can repair skin and hair by increasing moisture and elasticity," explains Dr. Hextall. result? Yes, you can definitely use peptides if you have any

of the above concerns, and unlike many so-called miracle ingredients

there's plenty of data to back them up. The most well-known is probably Matrixyl, made by Peptide OG Dr. Carl Lintner was invented. A 2013 study found that it doubled collagen levels in the skin, which is nothing to sneeze at.

You can find Matrixyl deals at different price points: I like Paula's Choice Peptide Booster for £51, but The Ordinary also has one. Of course, this is not all peptides can do.

Integrative Beauty uses peptides in its Good Morning! Super Serum, £95, is antibacterial and perfect for oily, acne-prone skin types, as well as any skin types with a little more fungus (sorry, had to say that).

I've written a lot about my love for NIOD CAIS (£70), but it's so good - the copper peptides also have antibacterial properties to rejuvenate the skin. There’s also No7’s new skin care line, Future Renew, which is called “Bot

ox in a bottle.”

Every product from No7 Future Renew Serum (£42.95) to No7 Future Renew Night Cream (£34.95) champions 'gastrobiology', essentially a combination of two peptides that naturally occur in the skin and enhance Collagen.

Consider peptides a skincare godsend. Whatever the problem, there's probably a peptide that can solve it. You can choose products that plump, brighten, hydrate, or all three if you prefer.

Personally, I love boosting serums the most as finding one that meets all your skin needs and contains the peptide cocktail you want can be a huge challenge, but if you want to reduce your daily expenses, go for it One of t

he multi-tasking products.

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