Last summer, was an adventurous one for me – good and bad. However, one of the good things was discovering peptides. The benefits of peptides in skincare products have been one of my latest obsessions for the past year. I was first introduced via a moisturizer and I haven’t looked back since. If it has “peptides” on the package, I’m going to pick it up and probably buy it, too.
The list of benefits that peptides can do for your skin is amazing! So much so, it makes me wonder why everyone doesn’t gravitate to them. Keep reading to find out their benefits and some of the products with peptides that I’ve tried and loved.
A brief rundown about peptides – they naturally occur in your skin that are needed in your skin. Peptides are amino acids that work to rebuild and repair damaged cells. In doing so, they help alert your skin that it needs to produce more collagen. Collagen helps your skin slow down your skin from looking aged. Collagen is what makes your skin look firmer and younger – skin goals!
Although there are a lot of topical collagen products that claim to add more collagen to your skin. Well, this is impossible, because the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate the skin. So, your best bet is to ingest collagen via supplements and bone broths and/or use products to help get your skin to produce more collagen. Hence, the reason that you need to add peptide skincare products to your routine. Unlike collagen, peptides can absorb into your skin via a topical product (i.e. serums and moisturizers).
Along with helping your skin to produce collagen, there are other benefits from peptides. Peptides can help prevent breakouts by creating a skin barrier against bacteria and pollutants. Also, they can help soothe the skin and help minimize wrinkle by increasing the elasticity in your skin. Peptides are out here putting in work!
I’m pretty sure you can find almost any skincare product with peptides – cleansers to masks. However, I prefer my peptides in serums, moisturizers, and the occasional treatment. Currently, I get use 2 different peptide serums in my skincare routine.
The first serum is the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, which I use in my morning routine. I initially tried this a couple of years ago, because I heard it was amazing. However, I didn’t see or feel any difference in my skin and ended up giving it away. However, earlier this year I decided to give it another go and I’m glad that I did. Since I use it in the morning, it’s one of the products that helps my skin and makeup look supple with minimal pores. Plus, it has other ingredients my skin loves – niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. It’s translucent and effortlessly sinks into my skin.
At night, I’m currently using Mario Badescu Super Peptide Serum. Although you can use this morning and night, I prefer at night since it feels a little “heavier” than the Peach & Lily one. Recently, I decide to phase out using MB products, but I feel like this one might be the only exception. I love how it makes my skin feel and look.
There are plenty of moisturizers out there that have peptides, but I’m sticking with my first love – Dermaflage Good Skin cream. This moisturizer holds a special place in my heart, because it was the first product that introduced me to peptides. Good Skin is labeled as a scar cream to help diminish the look of scars and wrinkles – thanks to peptides. Like the refining serum, it has other amazing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalene that your skin will reap in the benefits. It absorbs amazingly into the skin and great for all skin types. I have oily skin and my skin can’t live without it, at this point. I use it everyday!
The only non-topical peptide product that I use is Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Exfoliating Peel Pads. The reason that these aren’t topical, because you do have to rinse it off. However, I definitely notice the results the next morning. The instructions suggest you use it 1-3x a week, but I only use it once, I since I use other peptide products daily. Plus, I mainly try to use these on my neck, decollete and hands – the tell-tale areas of aging. I recommend these if you want to try a peptide product that’s a little stronger than a moisturizer without the commitment of a daily serum.
In the end, add a more peptides to your skincare routine. The sooner, the better for your skin to reap all of the benefits of peptides!