Discover the skin-transforming power of these peptide products. Learn how they improve skin tone and texture.

Looking for a Way to Boost Your Skincare Routine? Here are our Peptide Products Recommendations

Peptides are known for their collagen-producing properties, which result in smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. But what exactly are peptides, and what benefits can we expect from peptide products? According to Dr. Hanjing Lee, a consultant plastic surgeon at Argent Plastic Surgery and Acclaro Clinic, peptides help improve hydration within the skin, especially in the topmost layer of the skin called the stratum corneum.

This, in turn, improves the skin barrier function. Peptides activate fibroblasts, which leads to an increase in collagen production. This produces skin that is smoother, thicker, and firmer. Studies have also shown that peptides can reduce the depth and length of perioral and periorbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the mouth and eyes).

Certain types of peptides, like soy proteins, have anti-aging effects. Soy proteins contain phospholipids, essential fatty oils, and isoflavones that reduce oxidative stress on the skin and stimulate new collagen formation. A 12-week study on 65 women showed that soy proteins reduced overall photodamage by improving dull skin, mottled pigmentation, fine wrinkles, and overall skin tone. Dr. Lee also cites a double-blind study on carrier protein Tripeptide-1, in which volunteers exhibited an improvement in skin quality with a reduction in fine lines and coarse wrinkles, improved skin pigmentation and clarity, increased skin thickness, and improved skin laxity.

There are four main types of peptides, each with different functions: signal peptides (e.g., Palmitoyl tripeptide-3/5), carrier peptides (e.g., Tripeptide-1, copper peptides), neurotransmitter inhibiting peptides (e.g., Argireline, Vialox (pentapeptide-3), and Leuphasyl), and enzyme inhibitory peptides (e.g., soybean peptide). Peptides’ limitations include the need for continuous use for effective results. Peptides are not a failsafe against aging and work best when paired with other topicals. Pair them with antioxidant-based products like vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione, which offer a range of benefits such as reducing inflammation, improving immune function, boosting collagen synthesis, reducing the appearance of photodamage, and reducing the risk of skin diseases and cancers. Retinol (vitamin A-based products) can also speed up regular skin turnover, and sun protection is essential.

Here are our peptide products recommendation:

COSRx The 6 Peptide Skin Booster Serum

This watery do-it-all serum is best applied to the skin in layers, quenching parched complexions with the benefits of six peptides including copper tripeptide, which aids in texturisation. Synergistic ingredients of niacinamide, adenosine, hyaluronic acid and NMF (natural moisturising factors) help to also address wrinkles, dullness, enlarged pores, skin laxity and texture.

COSRx The 6 Peptide Skin Booster Serum, $35.20, available at Watson’s

Paula’s Choice Pro-Collagen Multi-Peptide Booster

Paula’s Choice’s silken textured serum is packed with peptides that target key proteins in the skin, encouraging collagen and elastin production resulting in skin smoothing, firming and plumping benefits in four weeks.

Paula’s Choice Pro-Collagen Multi-Peptide Booster, $88, available at Paula’s Choice

Lancôme Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream
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Lancôme Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream

This new-gen cream for skin smoothing, firming and tightening action comes loaded with 300 peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. We love it’s comforting but not cloying texture for our climate.

Lancôme Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream, $202, available at Lancôme

Rationale #1 The Crème

The Crème is packed with skin-identical ceramides, peptides to encourage protein synthesis, and B-group vitamins including folic acid to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, support collagen production and reduce inflammation. All this to say, expect more resilient and regenerated skin.

Rationale #1 The Crème, $227, available at Freia

Allies of Skin Multi-Peptides & GF Advanced Lifting Serum

Loaded with oligo growth factor and lifting peptides, this supercharged serum is clinically proven to reduce fine lines by 20 per cent in eight weeks. It also targets forehead and frown lines, crow’s feet and nasolabial folds for a firmer, smoother mien

Allies of Skin Multi-Peptides & GF Advanced Lifting Serum, $279, available at Sephora


N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Eye Cream

Energy in a jar: Peptides and red camellia extract work to de-puff, brighten and brighten eyes to address the first signs of fine lines, dehydration and dullness.

N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Eye Cream, $120, available at Tangs

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide + HA Serum

This serum offers a combination of peptides with overlapping benefits to address various signs of ageing simultaneously, from fine lines and wrinkles to a loss of firmness and elasticity.

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide + HA Serum, $36 for 30ml, available at Sephora


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