There are many buzz terms in the skincare industry. Hyaluronic acid. Niacinamide. Retinol.
You probably know peptides are common in skincare products, but how exactly do they benefit your skincare routine? There is a reason this ingredient can be spotted in many anti-aging skincare products, including the Super Peptide Booster + by Routine 10. It’s powerful at reducing the signs of aging and hydrating lackluster skin.
So, what are peptides and what else can they do for your skin?
Why Add Peptides to Your Skincare Routine?
This ingredient is so beloved in the anti-aging skincare industry, that some people claim it works better than Botox. That's far from true, but there’s a lot to be said about peptides. Essentially, they are short chains made up of one or multiple amino acids. In our body, they support proteins, such as collagen and elastin, ensuring proper function. They’re used in skincare products to slow down aging, build collagen, and improve the skin barrier, to name a few of their benefits.
The question is often asked: if the body already produces peptides, why do we need them in our skincare products? We use them for the same reason we use skincare products with naturally occurring vitamins and proteins. To encourage the body to produce what age quickly impedes.
As we get older (around age 30) we start to lose 1% of collagen every year – for the rest of our lives. As a result, we rely on skincare products like the Super Peptide Booster + that contain ingredients to signal the body to produce more collagen. Copper, zinc, and vitamin C are some ingredients that stimulate collagen production. As are amino acids, or in other words, peptides. However, not only do peptides in skincare products signal the body to produce more collagen but also more hyaluronic acid. This leads to plumper, better-hydrated skin, and a stronger skin barrier.
Combining Peptides with Other Ingredients
There's no doubt you should add peptides to your skincare routine. When you buy the right product, it will synergistically blend peptides with other skin-nourishing ingredients to create a powerhouse product. For example, in the Routine 10 peptide eye serum, peptides are just one of three active ingredients. You will also find vitamin B2 and Matrixyl 3000™, supported by other natural ingredients to replenish your skin.
This serum contains a specially formulated blend of peptides and copper tripeptides. So, while you can count on this unique peptide formula to trigger collagen production, increase suppleness, and improve your skin’s overall appearance, vitamin B2 is there to balance out your natural oils. Balanced oil production will help prevent future acne and breakouts – yes, this product should be in the cabinets of everyone with oily or combination skin. Finally, Matrixyl 3000™, a synthetic ingredient, also contains peptides to repair damaged skin and restore the collagen and elastin that have depleted over the years.
So, for younger-looking skin, we recommend you start looking for peptides in your skincare products. Hopefully, it will find a place somewhere between the tried-and-true ingredients and the latest favorites.