Beauty & Beyond: It's All About Peptides


I remember when my über-smart microbiologist in molecular genetics mother tried to explain peptides to me in high school. Something about coenzymes, polymers and nucleic acid. I glazed over, thanked her and then I think I went back to my room to call a friend to talk about the latest episode of Friends.

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Since “peptides” has been a buzzword about the beauty industry for years, I thought I might try to understand what they are and what they do (mom, of course I know this already…I was totally listening to you).

It breaks down like this. Amino acids, those protein building blocks, can be stuck together to form peptides. The End. All you need to know is that these peptides have recently been proven to help restore skin’s youthful appearance.

One company is all about the pep. HydroPeptide specializes in the latest breakthroughs in peptides, stem cells and growth factors. They focus on peptides and currently incorporate 21 of the latest generation peptides in their Collection of serums, moisturizers, eye creams and even a lash plumping formula.

One of my favorites I've tried from the line is the Anti-Wrinkle Exfoliating cleanser. It's a gentle exfoliator (not one of the rough ones that feels like it's stripping away my skin) with an orangey scent. After I used it, my skin looked even-toned and fresh. Why? I'm guessing it's because of the peptides, glycolic acid, green tea and citrus.

Give the Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment a try, too. This potent treatment has a blend of seven patented peptides and proteins to help reduce fine lines and plump up skin. The 16 antioxidants give skin a boost and pair perfectly with hydrating hyaluronic acid (one of my all-time champion ingredients, as you know) and skin-brightening natural licorice.

Family owned and operated derma e is on the bandwagon, adding a few peptide-rich formulas to their vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions.

They have worked on two powerful peptides, Matrixyl and Argireline, that pull some serious double beauty duty. Matrixyl synthe'6 tells the skin to go ahead and get busy working on new collagen, while Argireline helps chill facial muscles out to discourage new lines. These two peptides are combined in their Deep Wrinkle Reverse line. It includes a moisturizer, serum, and eye crème are also enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamin C and Green Tea.

With all this science at my literal fingertips today, it seems like maybe I really should have put the phone down and listened to mom. But isn't that always the way.

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