As a skincare ingredient, peptides are ‘messengers’ that trigger specific responses in certain cells of the skin. They give your skin an instruction to do’something’ but that’something’ is dependent on which amino acids are in the peptide and where it is positioned in the protein chain.
For example, peptides can be used to stimulate collagen and fibrillin production for anti-wrinkle effects and a firmer complexion or they can be paired with copper and zinc to help strengthen the skin barrier. Peptides can also be used to boost the hydration levels of the skin and they can work in conjunction with other active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for smoother, plumper skin.
However, it is important to note that peptides are still in the early stages of research and many have not been thoroughly tested for safety. It is therefore recommended that you consult your doctor before using peptide products, particularly if you have any known allergies or sensitivities to the ingredients.
As the use of peptides for skincare is relatively new, there are still only limited products available. That said, there is an increasing number of peptide-infused skincare products on the market which can be incorporated into your morning and evening skincare routines.
For example, No7’s mighty Matrixyl 3000+ is a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide that can be used as an addition to your normal morning and night time routines to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and give skin a more youthful look. It can also be combined with retinols and SPFs for the ultimate age-defying power! uk peptides