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What are peptides & why put them in skincare products?

Peptides are amino acids arranged into a variety of different protein "building blocks" or short chains. Peptides formed in a certain pattern make specific proteins that promote elastin, hyaluronic acid, and new collagen production....

Other peptides can have an anti-inflammatory effect or help even out skin tone. When used as a skincare ingredient, peptides work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, sagging, and other visible signs of aging.

Which peptides are the best?

There's no one best peptide, but there are types of peptides that we tend to favor for skincare. Tripeptides, tetrapeptides, oligopeptides, and hexapeptides are all extremely common choices. Scientists are always formulating or discovering new chains of amino acids too, so it's an evolving competition.

Regardless of which peptide is "best" or gets the most hype, the most effective way to benefit from peptides is to ensure that they are combined with other anti-aging ingredients. At Art of Skin Care, we've done our best to curate a selection of excellent peptide skincare products for many different needs.

Who should use peptides?

People with mature skin who want to address the appearance of wrinkles and loss of firmness, while encouraging overall healthy skin. Anyone who has considered botox for its firming effect may wish to consider trying some peptide products out instead. People with sensitive skin may have success with peptides. To be honest, you may already be using some peptides without knowing it. They're that popular!

What peptide skincare product should I try first?

Start by adding a peptide serum or moisturizer. Skin Script & Le Mieux make some seriously out-of-this-world good skincare products that will help with anti-aging, especially when paired with Vitamin C. That being said, you can find peptides in cleansers, SPF/sunscreen, masks, peels, sprays, and so on. You get the idea, right?

Key Benefits of Peptides
  • Effects range from increased production of collagen to leveling skin tone.
  • Generally safe for sensitive skin types.
  • Easy to add to an existing skincare routine