Peptides are the biggest revolution in skincare right now.
These little chains of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) can literally do anything, from firming skin to banishing dark circles.
But not all peptides are created equal. Think of peptides as superheroes: they’re all powerful but each one of them has a specific superpower that sets it apart from the rest.
Question is: which superhero - erm, I meant peptide - should you choose for your specific skin woes?
I’ve got you covered. Here’s a short guide to the most powerful peptides in skincare products right now to help you choose the right one for your needs:
Best For Fighting Wrinkles: Argireline
A warm smile, a worrying frown, a little puckering of the lips… Emotions don’t just show the world how you feel in the moment. They leave a trail behind, too.
As you get older and your collagen production decreases, repeated facial movements etch permanent lines on your face that are almost impossible to get rid of.
Enter Argireline. Nicknamed “Botox in a jar”, this peptide is a fragment of SNAP-25, a substrate of Botulinum toxin (yep, Botox).
It sort of works in the same way. Just like Botox injections freeze the muscles so they can’t move, Argireline causes muscles to contract with less force so your wrinkles look smaller.
In other words, if muscles can’t move as freely, they won’t be able to form new permanent wrinkles. Those you already have are smoothed out, reducing their appearance.
Independent studies show Argireline can reduce the look of wrinkles by up to 30% in just 30 days! Impressive, right?
The catch? It works best for thinner, mature skin. If you’re young and your skin still pumps out enough collagen to keep wrinkles away, you may not need this just yet.
Everyone else, you can find Argireline in our Firming Argireline Wrinkle Serum With Matrixyl 3000, another powerful peptides for antiaging. I’ll tell you why next.
Best For Boosting Collagen: Matrixyl 3000
Did you know your skin starts losing collagen as soon as you turn 21? At first, it happens so slowly, you don’t even notice it.
But as the years go by and menopause hits, collagen production sinks to an all-time low. Cue sagginess and wrinkles.
That’s where Matrixyl 3000 comes in. A mix of two peptides (palmitoyl oligopeptide & palmitoyl-tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl 3000 is a collagen booster on steroids.
Research shows that Matrixyl 3000 stimulates the synthesis of Collagen-I, -IV, -VII, -XVII and Nidogen-I proteins. In plain English, this peptide tells your skin to skyrocket the production of collagen.
All this extra collagen helps repair the signs of premature aging. Wrinkles look smaller, skin is less saggy and your whole complexion is smoother.
Matrixyl is an ingredient we use a lot so that any skin type can benefit from it. Try it alone in Peptide Potion Matrixyl 3000 Anti-Aging Serum or with Argireline in Firming Argireline Wrinkle Serum With Matrixyl 3000 for a double dose of wrinkle-fighters.
If your skin’s dry or dehydrated, go with Massive Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum With Vitamin C & Matrixyl 3000. Still young but want to fight the signs of aging before they even appear on your skin? Super-C 20% Vitamin C Serum High Potency C+E+Ferulic, EFG & Matrixyl 3000 is your best bet.
Best For Eye Bags: Eyeliss
Hands up if you’re still using cucumber slices to reduce your eye bags? Grandma’s remedies work but… isn’t there a better way to tone down the puffiness and make your eyes look bright and awake?
Yep. It’s called Eyeliss and it’s a combination of 3 protein peptides:
- Hesperidin methyl calcone: it decreases the permeability of capillaries
- Dipeptide Valyl-Tryptophane: it increases lymphatic drainage
- Lipopeptide Pal-GQPR: it reduces inflammation and improves firmness and elasticity
Translation: it stops your capillaries from leaking too much blood (one of the main causes of dark circles and eye bags), reducing eye bags and puffiness.
While it’s at it, it also fights wrinkles and firms skin to make you look younger and more rested. Think of Eyeliss as an one stop shop for all your under-eye woes.
Eyeliss is one of the key ingredients in our Complete Eye Cream, together with caffeine, matrixyl and haloxyl. Whether your skin needs more moisture, you want to fight premature wrinkles or just reduce those pesky dark circles and puffiness, this eye cream has got you covered.
Best For Dark Circles: Haloxyl
Are your dark circles caused by blood pooling under your eyes?
Here’s how to find out: with your ring finger, apply some gentle pressure on the undereye discolouration. What happens?
- Nothing. The dark color’s still there.
- The colour disappeared for a few seconds and now it’s back with a vengeance.
If you’ve answered A, blame hyperpigmentation for your dark circles and use a skin-lightener like bearberry or niacinamide.
If you’ve answered B, your dark circles are due to blood pooling under the eyes. There’s a peptide that can help with that: Haloxyl.
Like all peptides, Haloxyl is made up of more than one ingredient:
- Pal-GHJ and Pal-GQPR: they firm skin and even out skintone
- Chrysin and N-hydroxysuccinimide: eliminate blood pooling under the eyes and reduce inflammation
Here’s the deal: blood leaks out of weak capillaries. The skin just under your eyes is so thin, the colour of the blood shows through, making the area look darker.
Haloxyl eats up the pigment in the blood that caused the trouble in the first place. Without them, your skin color slowly goes back to normal.
And because all good things come in three, haloxyl also reduces inflammation and firms skin, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Haloxyl and Eyeliss are the secret combo in our Complete Eye Cream. These two peptides are the best technologies to treat bags and dark circles available today.
Peptides are your skin’s new BFF. No matter what it’s going through, there’s a peptide that can fix any skincare woe. Choose yours carefully!