Peptides, a marvel skincare ingredient that addresses signs of premature
aging, are something you hear about all the time in the Korean Beauty industry. Aside from collagen and fermented extracts, Peptides are recognised as the anti-aging powerhouse for optimising skin health in order to tackle common signs of aging.
Peptides do wonders for skin, and the effects don’t end at smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides are used in Korean Skincare for a variety of benefits:
- Peptides contribute to repairing a damaged skin barrier - damage which has been caused by sun expose, other environmental factors, and physical factors such as excessive use of chemical skin treatments, etc.
- Peptides help to restore a healthy skin barrier by locking in essential hydration; in turn reducing minor skin inflammation associated with dehydrated skin
- Peptides are commended for their role in collagen and elastin synthesis to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles with improved skin firmness.
Which ingredients pair well with Peptides?
As you may have heard Retinol is all the rage. And fortunately Peptides and Retinol go hand-in-hand to prevent wrinkles by increasing the production of natural collagen within skin. When Retinoid is coupled with Peptides, the Retinoid improves the penetration of the Peptides to boost the skin-firming effects of both ingredients. Using a pea-sized amount of Retinoid in the form of a cream of serum, before the application of a Peptide-based moisturising cream, is a safe way to combine the ingredients for maximum anti-aging effects without drawbacks.
Another great ingredient to use alongside Peptides is Vitamin C, as together they improve skin elasticity. This means that you can continue to reap in the benefits of your favourite Vitamin C serum/ampoule and safely introduce a Peptide-based cleanser, toner, serum, or cream into your skincare routines.
Peptide Skincare We Love
D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser –
This is a light and mild gel cleanser that deeply cleans pores while also providing anti-wrinkle and brightening properties with low-molecular Peptides. This gel cleanser seeps into the skin and clears excess sebum and blackheads with a powerful blend of BHAs, while calamine powder and a blend of 20 amino acids help balance skin and help minimize pigmentation. As with the majority of d’Alba skincare products, this cleanser also contains White Truffle which works to speed up cell renewal, shedding away dead skin cells for fresher and younger-looking skin.
d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner – A luxurious balancing and cleansing toner that’s perfect for oily and combination skin! This multitasking product will hydrate and transform oily and combination skin to a balanced, happy state with a pH level of 5.6. This toner was curated for its highly effective balancing and brightening power and for its high quality, luxurious ingredients. It’s the perfect addition for daily pampering and refining skin texture.
Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop –
The Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop is a night serum that reduces fine lines and wrinkles by using a dual peptide formula strengthened by EGF (sh-Oligopeptide-1) and bFGF (sh-Polypeptide-1). As well as Peptides, it holds a source of antioxidants harvested from Blueberries for additional anti-aging effects. This product is recommended for use at the first step of your skincare routine. It can be used during both morning and night, but it’s recommended for use as night care due to features of the ingredients.
Klavuu Rejuve Pearlsation Multi Peptide Cream –
Collagen production is key when it comes to achieving a radiant, youthful-looking complexion, which is why the Klavuu Rejuve Pearlsation Multi Peptide Cream sets out to promote just that. Infused with the brand’s Multi Pearl Peptide, it helps to nourish and firm skin while defending its natural moisture barrier. This cream specialises in firming skin - skin which is stronger and thoroughly hydrated. The highly concentrated soft balm with a dense texture softly melts into the skin to give a supple, soft complexion which is comforted with a silky finish. The gold applicator gives a cooling feeling and enhances absorption. We recommend this Peptide Cream for dry-normal skin types.
COSRX Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream – The Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream is a non-heavy, double-functioning eye cream that visibly brightens the eye area. It contains Snail Secretion Filtrate which moisturizes, protects and helps to rejuvenate the eye area. It’s packed with Snail Mucin, 5 different types of Peptides (Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7), and Niacinamide to coax collagen production, diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Klairs Fundamental Nourishing Eye Butter –
This nourishing, buttery quad-peptide eye cream contains Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Oligopeptide-29, and Oligopeptides-32, to improve the fine lines underneath the eyes. It can also be used on the neck and nasolabial folds. It’s suitable for everyone even with minimum concern, as the soft butter-like texture helps the product absorb quickly. It’s rich enough without being oily so it is recommended for oily skin types and people who mind overly rich eye creams.
Banobagi Milk Thistle Repair Sunscreen Plus (SPF 45, PA+++) - A broad specturm sunscreen which protects skin from damaging ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B rays, soothes, repairs, and moisturises skin for all-day sun protection with a comfortable finish appropriate for all skin types and skin tones. This sunscreen formula is backed up scientific research conducted by the infamous Banobagi dermatology clinic in South Korea, a formula which has been enchanced by 5 type of peptides to improve skin elasticity and skin tone, whilst the UV filters perserve the health and strength of the skin barrier. The 5x peptide complex consists of: Carnosine, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Oligopeptide-29, and Oligopeptide-32. It expresses a natural fresh and glossy texture without a white cast.
Banobagi Baby Face Booster Mask - Looking for a extra treat for skin that's bursting with Peptides? Then the Banobagi Baby Face Booster Mask is the one to have in your sheet mask stash. It contains Peptides and Plant Stem Cell culture extract from Edelweiss Flower, a flower which grows in Mountainous regions, potent in Vitamin C for supple and protected skin. With regular use this mask helps to achieve bouncier and softer skin with sufficent moisture replenishment.