The Dos and Don’ts of Peptide in Skincare
Ahh peptide, another term in a glossary of skincare jargon that we don’t question when we hear about it. As part of a skincare community, we hear “you should add peptide serum to your skincare routine, it works like magic,” and we immediately accept this as true. Sooner or later, you find yourself shopping for peptide serums or creams online to begin the next phase of your skincare journey. It turns out, the peptide wasn’t working for you. Perhaps you didn’t buy an expensive enough one, or you didn’t buy from a credible brand.
In fact, you probably didn’t do enough research. With all skincare products, there needs to be adequate research done before applying it to your vulnerable skin. While not all products are made with quality ingredients, it’s far from true that quality products need to hurt your wallet. In fact, Awakiin’s peptide serum is not only affordable, but it’s made with the intention of working with sensitive skin. But before we can dive into that, we must understand what peptide is and then learn about the dos and don’ts of using a peptide serum.
What Is Peptide?
Collagen is to peptide as toast is to breadcrumbs. Damaged collagen molecules are broken down into a string of amino acids, aka, peptides, and they signal the body to produce more collagen. Applying peptides directly to your skin is a way to trick your skin into thinking that it has lost collagen recently and needs to make more.1 And if you didn’t know already, collagen is the protein in your body that promotes flexibility in our joints and encourages elasticity in our skin. Your collagen production decreases with age and with the help of peptides, you can ensure the longevity of youthful-looking skin.
- Peptides work best after cleansing the face and using a pH balancing toner.
- Aim to use peptide serums as they can be absorbed into the skin. This allows your body more time to signal the body to produce more collagen.
- Peptides work well in tandem with other ingredients, including vitamin C, niacinamide, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acids.2 Combining different skincare products with the right vitamins increases its benefits and your chances of achieving healthier looking skin.
- There is little risk in using peptides for skin and so you can add it to your daily skincare routine. But with any and all skincare products, there can be side effects, so once you experience discomfort while using a peptide serum, seek a dermatologist for a product that’s best suited for your skin.
The only “don’ts” to be concerned about are your expectations and perceptions of peptide.
- Don’t expect your peptide serum to cure your skin overnight. Your skincare journey is a process, and it will take time to see results.
- Don’t be alarmed when you don’t get the results you want. Skincare is about prevention and maintenance and so your results will look different compared to those who started earlier than you.
- Don’t stop using peptide serums or creams just because you don’t see a difference. There’s a lot going on underneath the surface of your skin and it takes time to see those changes.
Adding a peptide serum to your skincare routine may seem like a hassle, but in the long run it will work wonders for your skin. There are many peptide products on the market today, but don’t be fooled into buying the most expensive products. Start with Awakiin’s Collagen x Peptide Healer Serum to boost your skin’s collagen production levels at an affordable price.