When it comes to promoting radiant, healthy, and youthful-looking skin, peptides deserve a place in the skincare spotlight. These small yet mighty molecules offer a range of key benefits and are particularly suited to enhancing your skin’s natural biological processes. The exact effects vary depending on the type of peptide, but they are most often used to stimulate collagen production, provide antioxidant protection, promote healing, and address the signs of ageing.
In this blog, we’ll explore some key peptides featured in our skincare range and how they work.
What is a peptide in skincare?
A peptide is a short chain of amino acids that can be organised to form a protein. Peptides come in many forms and have many important functions within the human body. They are often called the building blocks of our skin.
Peptides are particularly effective at interacting with proteins and other macromolecules, making them common ingredients in a range of pharmaceuticals and topical skincare. They can induce many different effects in our skin, so check the precise formulation before you commit to a product.
What do peptides do in skincare?
In skincare, peptide ingredients are typically used to provide antioxidant effects or to enhance the skin’s natural repair and renewal processes. Collagen, the main protein in our skin, begins to slow down production as we age, causing us to look older. Many peptides in skincare actively work to stimulate collagen production, thereby helping to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.
How do peptides work in skincare?
Peptides form the building blocks of proteins, hormones, enzymes, cells, and tissue. They are manufactured naturally by your body.
Lab-synthesised peptides provide an active effect when introduced into the body. In topical skincare, peptides are absorbed into the skin, where they interact with proteins such as collagen to produce an effect.
As we age, our production of natural peptides starts to slow down. Peptides in skincare can give our skin the boost we need. They are best used when mixed with other premium skincare ingredients for optimal effects. Be sure to consider your skincare aims and needs when choosing which peptides to use.
Which peptides are used in Liberty Belle Rx products?
We use the following peptides in our products: Brightening Peptide (a hero ingredient in Next Level and Star Quality), and Copper Peptide, Octa-Peptide and Skin Smoothing Peptide (hero ingredients in Eye Do).
Read on to discover more about how these ingredients work.
Brightening Peptide is an antioxidant peptide that works to protect the skin from environmental pollution and damaging free radicals. Its detoxifying mechanism can have a noticeable brightening effect, helping to keep the skin clear and fresh for an overall ‘glow’. An aptly named ingredient, it can also address the appearance of redness and pigmentation in the skin. It is a hero ingredient in two of our products: Next Level and Star Quality.
In Next Level, Brightening Peptide works in tandem with three types of Vitamin C to provide the ultimate antioxidant protection. We recommend applying Next Level every morning to help brighten your complexion and keep your skin safe from environmental pollution as you’re out and about.
In Star Quality, Brightening Peptide provides antioxidant protection and helps boost radiance. It works alongside a host of unparalleled actives to provide all-round moisturisation, hydration, and anti-ageing action.
Star Quality is a true multi-tasker, targeting a range of skin concerns. It is the ultimate luxe moisturiser in our range, and this combination of powerful ingredients helps Brightening Peptide to produce optimal effects.
If you are concerned about dullness, pigmentation, or ageing skin, Brightening Peptide is a fantastic option. Choose Next Level for everyday antioxidant protection and brightening action, and Star Quality for deep moisturisation and anti-ageing benefits.
Copper Peptide, Octa-Peptide and Skin Smoothing Peptide
These three peptides are hero ingredients in our bestselling eye cream, Eye Do. A cult favourite here at Liberty Belle, it’s no secret that part of its popularity is due to this unique blend of Copper Peptide, Octa-Peptide and Skin Smoothing Peptide.
Copper Peptide is one of the most potent peptides available in topical skincare. Copper is vital for the health of our skin, and studies have shown that Copper Peptide can promote the production of collagen and elastin. This ingredient is often compared to retinoids for the rejuvenating effect it can have on the skin.
For the delicate skin around the eyes where any loss of volume is easy to notice, Copper Peptide can be a true lifesaver, helping to perk up your eyes and keep you looking fresh and youthful.
The innovative combination of Octa-Peptide and Skin-Smoothing Peptide also helps to smooth the delicate skin around the eyes, each targeting the appearance of fine lines at different depths within the skin. Studies have shown a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
All three peptide ingredients working together make Eye Do a hydrating and cooling cream that can stimulate collagen production, smooth the skin around the eyes, and address the appearance of dark circles. These effects are enhanced by other hero ingredients such as Dark Circle Complex, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) and Cucumber Extract.
Try Eye Do for yourself to get a taste of what peptides can do for your skin. This product suits those with concerns about fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, but it is also favoured by younger people for its effect on discoloration or dark circles.
Whether it’s for antioxidant protection, brightening, or for general skin health and radiance, peptides are a favourite skincare ingredient for a reason. Whichever you choose, be sure to use them consistently and as part of a well-rounded skincare regimen for maximum benefits.
For any assistance in crafting the perfect regimen, visit our Skin Quiz at libertybellerx.com.au. Or, for one-on-one advice, and the opportunity to speak to one of the Liberty Belle Skin Centre Dermal Clinicians, please visit here.