One of the most talked about skincare ingredients, peptides play an essential part in anti-ageing skincare routines. They help to support the skin’s collagen and elastin production to lend the complexion a younger, firmer and smoother-looking appearance.
Read on to discover what a peptide is, how to increase collagen, and the best peptides for the skin.
WHAT ARE PEPTIDES?
Peptides, also known as polypeptides, are short chains of amino acids. They are the building blocks of the proteins responsible for skin’s structure, texture and resilience, including collagen, keratin and elastin. Thanks to their small molecular size, peptides deeply penetrate the epidermis for effective results.
Peptides naturally occur within the skin. However, with age, their production decreases, with 1% of the skin’s collagen lost every year after the age of 30 (1). This depletion contributes towards a loss of firmness and plumpness, change in skin texture, and the deepening of wrinkles.
WHO NEEDS PEPTIDES?
Peptides in skincare benefit those looking to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and firm the skin.
All skin types can benefit from incorporating this ingredient into their skincare routine, but mature skin showing signs of ageing will likely experience the most benefits.
WHAT DO PEPTIDES DO?
Peptides support collagen production in the skin. With continued use, peptides promote a firmer, smoother and more hydrated appearance for younger-looking, taut skin.
IMPROVING THE SKIN BARRIER
UV rays, over-exfoliation, pollution, and poor sleep all damage the skin barrier. Polypeptides help to repair skin cells and strengthen the skin barrier, while easing inflammation (2).
SMOOTHING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
Applying peptides topically to the skin sends a repair signal to skin cells, triggering a boost in collagen and elastin production (2). As collagen helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, peptides help to lend the skin a more youthful-looking appearance.
INCREASING SKINS FIRMNESS
Collagen is the main structural protein in the skin, and helps the dermis retain its tautness and elasticity. As peptides for skin trigger the production of collagen, applying peptides helps to provide firmness and strength (3).
HOW TO ADD PEPTIDES INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
For best results, use skincare with peptides that has prolonged contact with the skin, including serums, eye creams and moisturisers.
STEP 1: USE A PEPTIDE SERUM FOR THE FACE
Filorga’s Age-purify Intensive Serum is formulated with Filorga’s HYALURO-YOUTH complex, which contains plumping hyaluronic acid and a smoothing peptide to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This daily peptide serum for the face is also infused with 5 micro peeling acids to reduce the look of pores, redness, shine, and blackheads, while working to hydrate the face.
After cleansing the skin with your favourite Filorga cleanser, apply a pea-sized amount of the peptide serum to the entire face, both morning and night.