Been waiting for this one to come up! Today is the turn of P in my A-Z glossary of skincare. I used to love Blockbusters when I was at school. I always wanted to say, 'Can I have a pee please Bob!" No-one from Normanton ever went on the show as I recall but it was tea time essential viewing as a teenager along with Blue Peter!
I’m sure you’ve all seen Peptides listed as an ingredient on your skincare labels. Peptides are basically fragments of proteins (another P) which in turn consist of amino acids. They are the essential building blocks of our skin and lack of them is what results in a loss of firmness, the appearance of wrinkles and a change to the texture and surface of the skin.
As we age we lose collagen and that means that skin that was once plump and youthful becomes thin which is why the wrinkles start to form and become more visible. This is where sometimes having a bit of fat works in your favour! Skinny most definitely ages quicker girls. Reaches for a glass of wine and some kettle chips!
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you cold suck the fat out of your well-earned wine belly and re-direct it to those sallow cheeks! Who am I kidding – you can if you have the money. I'm saving up right now for an essential cheek to cheek transplantation!
Peptides can be applied directly to the skin so they are easy to incorporate into your routine. Applying peptides basically “tricks’ your skin into thinking its’s lost collagen which then signals your skin to start producing new collagen. Clever eh - not to mention cheating!
You’ll also commonly see the term, Copper Peptides. The ingredient of copper is often used because of its additional antioxidant and regenerative properties.
This is a two-part power packed brightening peel which will seriously tackle dull, uneven skin. It’s easy to apply and has been awarded “Best Exfoliating Product” by Vogue Beauty. Praise indeed.
Another great skincare line that I have recently discovered is called The Ordinary.
They combine clinical skincare, with highly effective tried and tested formulas, but a no nonsense marketing approach which means the focus is on the effectiveness of the ingredients rather than pretty packaging.
For a marketing maestro like me I find this no frills approach rather refreshing and ingenious.
I’m about to start on their “Buffet” product. This is marketed as “Multi-Technology Peptide Serum” and has been developed to target, you got it, multiple signs of ageing at once. It contains a complex base of 11 skin friendly amino acids and at just £12.70 (yes you read that right, not £127.00 like you might expect with this hard working technology at play, it really is just £12.70) it’s definitely worth a try. I also just love the name! Buffet style is always my favourite way of eating! I love a little nibble of all kinds of fare in one sitting! Adopting this approach to anti-ageing skincare sounds like a genius marketing strategy to me! I will report back on my results.
So if your skin is in need of a little pep talk, prep it with some peptides.