March 07, 2019
Peptides can be a lacklustre skin’s best friend. But what type of peptides exactly? Do you need a serum, crème, face mask? Do you take them as supplements? The skincare industry is so saturated with buzzwords and “miracle” ingredients, making lofty promises to take 10 years off your face overnight, that sometimes it's difficult to separate fact from fiction even for the most avid skincare junkies. So, let’s start from the basics and figure out what the buzz is all about and what peptides can really do for your skincare:
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that occur naturally in our body. When amino acids link together, the chain they form is called an amino peptide. When peptides link together, they form the basis for all proteins. Peptides also have the incredibly important job to regulate the activity of other molecules, provide antibiotic benefits and assist in hormonal balance.
There are four types of peptides:
While many products boast Botox-like results in a matter of weeks, reality is, that is not possible. No single ingredient can compensate for bad skin habits or completely stop the natural ageing process of our skin. So, like all other “miracle” ingredients, peptides are just one part of your skincare routine.