Peptides in skincare have been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. These ingredients can provide a number of benefits to help improve the look and feel of your skin.
In a nutshell, peptides are chains of amino acids held together by peptide bonds that offer unique benefits, depending on the specific combination of amino acids. Some amino acids and peptides already naturally occur within the body and skin, but you can add these ingredients to boost your topical skincare products as well.
Here are just some of the more surprising cosmetic reasons why you might want to look for peptides in your next skincare products.
1. Improve the Appearance of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation occurs when areas of the skin produce too much melanin, or pigment. This can lead to skin discoloration issues like age spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are common cosmetic concerns for many women and men, and certain peptides may help to brighten and even the appearance of skin tone affected by pigmentation issues.
2. Minimize the Look of Under Eye Circles
Dark under eye circles can be caused by a number of factors, including hyperpigmentation, lack of sleep, fluid retention and thinning skin. Peptides may help to reduce the appearance of under eye circles by helping to brighten the look of skin tone and nourishing collagen to help combat thinning skin caused by the natural aging process.
3. Relax the Appearance of Wrinkles
Neuro-calming peptides have a nearly instant smoothing effect on the look and feel of lines and wrinkles. They work similarly to injectable wrinkle treatments that contain neurotoxins. These ingredients temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines to form in areas like the corners of the eyes, around the mouth and the forehead.
Skinbetter science Daily Treatment Cream EYE contains a neuro-calming peptide to help instantly relax the appearance of crow’s feet. This powerful eye recharging formula also contains a decongesting blend of caffeine and a highly specialized yeast derivative, as well as a potent concentration of vitamin C to help minimize the appearance of dark, puffy under eye circles.
4. Nourish Collagen
Certain peptides, called messenger peptides, carry signals from cell to cell. When added to your skincare, these messenger peptides help to nourish collagen by carrying these signals. Collagen is an important component of the skin’s structure and is responsible for the smooth, firm look and feel of younger-looking skin. As we age, however, the amount of collagen naturally present in our skin declines, which can lead to the formation of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin (Scientific American).
Daily Treatment Cream FACE takes a cutting-edge approach to collagen by utilizing InterFuse™ technology to deliver a blend of messenger peptides to help nourish collagen and smooth away the appearance of wrinkles and deep expression lines. This formula also includes a neuro-calming peptide for an instant smoothing effect.
5. Enhance Hair Growth
Research has shown that a specific group of peptides called thymus peptides may be beneficial in combatting male- and female-pattern baldness and other hair disorders. Studies have found that these peptides may be up to 98 percent effective at treating hair loss and even some of the symptoms that often come with hair disorders, such as itching and flaking of the scalp (Journal of Plastic Dermatology).
Peptides are versatile ingredients that can have a variety of cosmetic uses. If your skincare routine doesn’t currently include peptides, consider upgrading some of your everyday products to those that contain powerful peptide blends to help improve the overall look and feel of your skin for a brighter, more even and youthful appearance.