Looking for a better performance from your skincare? Behold the power of peptides. Here’s everything you need to know about the wonder ingredient that’s set to bolster your routine…
When it comes to skincare, there are a lot of ingredients that promise big claims. From vitamin C to retinol, niacinamide to tranexamic acid — it can be hard to navigate which ingredients your skincare routine really needs. But if you’re looking to boost your regime with some hardworking, high-potency products, peptides are a good place to start.
Feeling overwhelmed? Consider this your peptides crib sheet.
What are peptides?
“Peptides are fragments of protein and it’s these proteins that are the building blocks of the skin,” says Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe, medical and cosmetic doctor at SKNDOCTOR.
Collagen, elastin and keratin are the most common proteins that make up our skin. Adding peptides topically can help boost production of these proteins and reinforce the skin’s repair barrier function.
“Peptides are great little messengers,” says Francine Krenicki, VP of product development at StriVectin. “When they’re applied topically to the skin, they can help send a signal to produce new collagen and elastin, leading to the appearance of younger, more supple skin. They’re also a bit bossy — they have the power to micromanage your cells to get real results.”
Peptides are also great for ageing or menopausal skin as they will stimulate collagen production and boost the skin’s elasticity. They can be blended with other ingredients like retinol and niacinamide, bolstering your products and making them work even harder.
The best peptides products
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
Formulated with a blend of 9 peptides, this powerhouse moisturiser revives depleted and tired skin to its former glory. The result? Firmer, stronger and more hydrated skin.
Decree Peptide Emolient Veil +
Formulated by Dr AJ Sturnham this rich moisturiser contains a proprietary peptide blend which helps improve collagen production for firmer, more supple skin.
Medik8 Liquid Peptides
This lightweight serum boosts collagen and elastin production, smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles and elevating the skin’s natural stores of hyaluronic acid.
Paula's Choice Peptide Booster
Use alone or mix with other serums and moisturisers to help skin appear firmer, brighter and more renewed. The silky formula helps to address dullness, wrinkles and discolouration, too.
StriVectin Peptight Tightening & Brightening Face Serum
This dual-focus formula visibly tightens, brightens and evens skin tone by harnessing tetrapeptides (to improve firmness and elasticity) and hexapeptides (to brighten and improve dark spots.)
Veneffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturiser
Perfect for menopausal skin, this super-hydrating, moisturiser is rich in phytoestrogens, peptides and proteins, all of which work together to enhance skin’s elasticity and minimise the signs of hormonal ageing.
Kate Somerville Peptide K8 Power Cream
Packed with a rich blend of ceramides, peptides and oligopeptides this luxurious moisturiser helps improve the skin’s texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Inkey List Peptide Moisturiser
This soothing moisturiser contains 2% royal epigen, a peptide protein found in royal jelly which is proven to increase the speed of cell turnover for noticeably smoother and more even skin in just 28 days.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
Peptides help to bolster the effectiveness of this retinol night cream. Blended with peptides and soothing niacinamide, together with an innovative Tri-Active Technology (which combines a fast-acting retinoid, time-released retinoid and a retinol booster) expect smoother, more-youthful looking skin in as little as 2 weeks.