Ingredient Spotlight: Peptides for Skin

Ingredient Spotlight: Peptides for Skin

Peptides: The Building Blocks of Youthful Skin

With the plethora of skin ingredients on the shelves today, trying to figure out which product is best for your skin type can often be overwhelming. Beauty and skincare product shelves are full of buzzwords, popular ingredients, and brand names. When it comes to skincare products, the way a product looks might not accurately convey what’s inside or what it does. As a consumer, it’s important to know what ingredients you’re putting on your face and how they affect your skin's health, whether you’re using a gentle cleanser or an anti-aging cream containing active ingredients.

That being said, some products do live up to the hype. The best way to find skincare products that deliver visible results from the comfort of your home is to find cosmetics containing active ingredients that Skin Health Experts like our Kate Somerville team have identified as highly efficacious, including polypeptides.

What are peptides in skincare? At our Skin Health Experts Clinic in Hollywood, Kate and her team have been creating rejuvenating skincare products with peptides for years to visibly transform skin as it ages.

To help you better understand what peptides are and why you want them in your daily skincare routine, our Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts share the many benefits they provide.

What are Peptides?

Before we dive into the benefits of peptides for skin, let’s first get a better understanding of what they are. Peptides are short-chain amino acids that act as the building blocks of protein. They help the body create proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin - all of which are found in your skin. These proteins work diligently to improve your skin’s resiliency, texture, and strength. While there are many different peptides, research has shown that all peptides have a certain level of skin-restoring ability that can range from skin-soothing to firming [1].

Understanding the Power of Peptides in Skincare

By incorporating peptides into your daily routine and applying them to the skin’s surface, your body receives the message that it should make more of these skin-boosting proteins.

Now, if you’re wondering why not apply already-created proteins like collagen and keratin to your skin instead, there’s a simple answer. Peptides are fragmented portions of proteins, making them easy for the skin to absorb.

There are many ways you can incorporate peptides into your skincare regimen. Serums, moisturizers, and masks can all be formulated with peptides to deliver specific benefits to your skin.

Comprehensive Guide to the Skin Benefits of Peptides

When used in skincare, peptides act as a messenger, sending signals to our cells to start specific functions and direct them into carrying out these functions. Peptides can be divided into five main categories: carrier peptides, signal peptides, enzyme-inhibiting peptides, neurotransmitter-inhibiting peptides, and antimicrobial peptides [2]. These different peptides all have significant positive effects, contributing to more healthy-looking skin, including:

  1. 1. Combatting Wrinkles and Fine Lines with Peptides

    As we age, our natural production of essential proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin decreases, leading to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Peptides encourage the skin to rebuild and repair itself, which provides your skin fullness and preserves its youthful appearance. With anti-aging properties, peptides provide noticeable results in the fight against wrinkles and fine lines, much like the benefits of squalane in skincare

    Our KateCeuticals™ Total Repair Cream is one peptide-infused product that, when used alone or with a serum morning and evening, leaves your skin nourished, refreshed, and firmer.

    2. Hydration Boost: The Role of Peptides

    Beyond combating signs of aging, peptides also play a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration. Loss in natural collagen production causes skin dehydration and transepidermal water loss. However, Adding peptides to your skincare routine locks in moisture from your other skincare ingredients. Peptides act as moisture magnets, helping to retain essential moisture for a plumper and more radiant complexion when paired with vitamin C. 

    Using a peptide-rich cream like our Peptide K8® Power Cream doesn’t just feature hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid to replenish thirsty skin. Its advanced moisture complex helps keep skin more evenly balanced with humectants and conditioners while peptides work to diminish the visible depth and density of wrinkles while firming skin.

    3. Peptides as a Remedy for Redness and Irritation

    When applied topically, peptides signal the skin to prioritize the mending of its protective barrier. As a result, they aid in fortifying the skin's natural defenses, reducing redness, and alleviating irritation. Introducing peptides to your regimen is a great way to calm your skin cells and even your skin tone, relieving your complexion of visible redness. This is especially good news for people looking for sensitive skin products who also want an anti-aging skin care routine

    Our Kate Somerville DeliKate™ Recovery Cream is a breakthrough clinical moisturizer with a peptide complex and ceramides that work together to relieve visible redness and irritation while restoring the skin barrier.

    4. Restoring Firmness and Elasticity Through Peptides

    When collagen fibers break down, peptides signal our skin to make more. As we age, collagen production naturally decreases, resulting in wrinkles, dehydration, and weakened skin elasticity. Think of it as the ultimate win-win. Peptides work to firm skin from the outside in and signal for your skin to firm it from the inside out. 

    Our KateCeuticals™ Collection is a clinical age repair skin care system chock full of powerful peptides that takes a comprehensive approach to reversing the visible signs of aging. 

    5. Refining Skin Texture with Peptide-Rich Formulas

    Peptides are versatile in their approach to enhancing skin texture. Their ability to boost collagen production not only increases skin firmness but also contributes to a smoother complexion for both dry skin and oily skin. Collagen, known for its role in maintaining skin's structural integrity, plays a pivotal part in refining skin texture. Peptides are your one-way ticket to skin revitalization, as they improve your skin’s firmness, smoothness, and evenness. 

    Transform your skin’s texture and replenish your pores with our ExfoliKate™ Collection, specifically designed for skincare targeting texture and pores. Experience a youthful glow and a visible difference in your skin’s smoothness, as our products work meticulously to enhance your skin's overall appearance and health.

    Implementing Peptides in Your Skincare Routine for Maximum Benefit

    Now that you know the many benefits of peptides and the different kinds of products formulated with them, you may be wondering where to start. From serums to eye creams, keep scrolling to discover peptide-rich products recommended by our Kate Somerville skincare experts you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine.

    Kate Somerville Peptide-Infused Skincare Selections

    Our Skin Health Experts have crafted thoughtful formulas for your every skincare need, elevated with peptides. If you’ve found yourself asking these questions, Kate Somerville is here to help:

    Looking for an All-Inclusive Skincare Savior?

    Kate Somerville’s NEW stem cell face serum contains all you need for skin rejuvenation, natural replenishment, and a happier, healthier you. Featuring three active peptides in the supercell booster, this revolutionary skincare technology maximizes the growth factor complex to boost the intensity and effectiveness of the serum. The fast-acting, multi-faceted SuperCell Serum will transform your skincare routine with a simple new step.

    Worried about wrinkles?

    For clinic-level results without the clinic injections, try our Lifting Eye Cream from our eye care collection. This innovative under-eye cream utilizes peptides that mimic snake venom to visibly relax muscle contraction, smoothing the look of wrinkles caused by facial movements. It works quickly to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while depuffing, lifting, and firming skin around eyes. You’ll even see diminished look of under eye bags and dark circles in as little as one use.

    Missing that firm feeling?

    Improve your skin’s firmness in just two weeks with the Firming Serum. Inspired by the injectable Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers used in our clinic to plump, lift, and blur the look of wrinkles caused by collagen and volume loss, this serum is supercharged with hydrating ingredients formulated alongside a firming Tri-Peptide and Nasturtium Extract to oxygenate the surface of your skin for brighter, plumper looking results. It’s a leave-on serum you can apply before your moisturizer and SPF to keep skin smooth, firm, and refreshed throughout the day or night.


    Boost Your Skin’s Health with Peptides

    Peptides are the unsung heroes in the ever-expanding world of skincare, offering a multitude of benefits that can help you achieve and maintain youthful, healthy-looking skin. By incorporating peptides into your daily regimen, you're taking a proactive step toward maintaining and enhancing your skin's health and appearance. Because after all, we know that healthy skin requires daily attention!

    Remember, when using products rich in peptides, most peptides are safe to use twice daily. However, we recommend opting for a product that can be left on your skin all day long so that the peptides have time to soak into the skin. 

    Make your myriad of skincare choices easier by choosing Kate Somerville products with peptides, a vital ingredient for an encompassing boost in skin health. Achieving and maintaining healthy skin requires consistent care and attention, and peptides are here to help you on that journey.


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