In the world of skincare, peptides have been getting a lot of attention recently. These amino acids act in the skin to increase communication on a cellular function. When it comes to anti-aging, this means the peptides encourage collagen production – which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and leads to firmer skin. If you are new to peptides, the following guide can help you better understand the products.
How are the peptides applied?
Most skincare peptides are applied topically, generally as a cream or serum. They are available over the counter or you can buy peptides online. There are also peptide injections, which are usually applied in a spa setting, by your dermatologist, or at a cosmetic surgeons office.
Do they take a long time to work?
Regular use is the key to seeing results. It is impossible to give an exact timeframe for results because there are simply too many variables. Younger skin, which is usually quicker to respond to the amino acids in peptides, will likely starting showing results much more quickly than older skin. General skin health and your genetic predisposition to aging and peptide responsiveness are also a factor.
Are there any other ingredients in peptide creams?
Usually, but they are often clearly advertised and they will be listed on the label. A variety of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients are the most common. This is because they help the skin absorb the peptides. These ingredients also help improve the health of your skin, which makes it more responsive to peptide application. Antioxidants are especially important because they help guard the skin from external damage, such as from pollution and the sun.
Are there any concerns with peptide products?
As with any topical cream or serum, there is always the chance for an allergic reaction. When trying a peptide product, or any cosmetic product for that matter, always apply a small amount and wait one day. If you don't experience any redness or irritation, you don't have an allergy and it's safe to continue regular use. If you do have a reaction, don't despair! Peptides themselves likely aren't the cause since they are an amino acid already produced in the body. Simply try a different product or a pure peptide product, instead.
Do you need to consult with a doctor?
Most over-the-counter topical peptide products do not require a doctor consultation and they are safe to use with other over-the-counter skincare products. If you are using any prescription skincare, consult with your dermatologist to make sure that the peptides and the prescription products can be used together.
For more information, talk to a peptide supplier or your dermatologist.