Peptides essentially tell the body that collagen has deteriorated and that it’s time to make some more. In the world of skin care, certain ingredients are considered anti-aging ‘heroes’. They include retinol for skin rejuvenation, vitamin C for brightening the skin, and hyaluronic acid for hydrating and plumping. Another hero that you’ve probably heard of are peptides, essential anti-aging compounds.

In this blog, you’ll learn about how peptides work, the science behind them, and who should use them.

What are peptides?

Peptides are short chains of amino acid that are the building blocks of proteins. The most commonly known proteins in the skin are collagen, elastin and keratin, which are responsible for the skin’s texture and tone. There are hundreds of different peptides, all of which are made from different combinations of amino acids. Collagen is made up of amino acids. Peptides are also composed of amino acids formed when collagen breaks down. In other words, think of peptides as shorter segments of collagen.

How do peptides work in your skin?

Peptides are messengers that tell your skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is the essential protein responsible for elasticity and smooth skin. It’s abundant when you’re younger but slowly decreases as you get older. Over time the skin is progressively exposed to environmental aggressors, such as UV radiation which can cause collagen to break down at an even higher rate than normal aging.

Is there proof that peptides work when topically applied to skin?

Yes, the science is proven. Studies have shown that peptides applied topically to the skin can make a difference in the appearance of skin. One study from the National Institutes of Health confirmed that peptides send messages to your skin to prompt more collagen production. Applying peptides topically tricks your skin into generating more collagen. In another study, researchers compared a moisturizer containing a peptide with one containing a placebo and found that the former dramatically reduced the appearance of wrinkles by increasing collagen.

Skin Care Products with Peptides

Peptides work best when formulated with other beneficial skin care ingredients, such as antioxidants. Revercel PM Anti-aging Moisturizer features clinically studied peptides Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 and Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3. If you only use one anti-aging product, this is the one you need!

Here’s are some of the key ingredients in PM:

  • Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 stimulates collagen production and increases the skin’s hydration and resilience.
  • Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3 is a new technology that gives results similar to retinoic acid but without the irritation. It increases cell turnover and promotes collagen synthesis.
  • Ascorbyl Lineate and Ascorbyl Glucoside are stable, bioavailable forms of Vitamin C that provide antioxidant protection, collagen boosting, skin lightening, skin conditioning and decreased hyperpigmentation.
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E) provides additional antioxidant protection.
  • Kojic Acid fights age spots and evens skin tone.
  • Ubiquinone (CoQ10) prevents oxidative stress and photoaging and reduces the depth of wrinkles.
  • Jojoba Esters, Safflower Seed Oil and Aloe Leaf provide natural moisturizers. 

Who should use skin care products with peptides?

Anyone can begin incorporating peptides into their skin care routine whether you’re already seeing the signs of aging or want to ‘prep’ your skin for the future.

Here are a few more Revercel favorites that are formulated with peptides:

Triple Duty Plus Sunscreen SPF 35+

Eye Perfection Cream

Papaya Cleanser