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Long touted as the magic bullet in many anti-aging products, peptides are actually short chains of amino acids that occur naturally in our bodies where they regulate the activity of other molecules, play a part in hormonal balance and offer antibiotic benefits. In skincare, peptides stimulate collagen production and help prevent the breakdown of proteins in cell membranes – which means they work to reduce the signs of aging like sagging, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of tone. With regular use, products formulated with peptides can improve smoothness, combat wrinkles and promote cell turnover. Anti-aging treatments containing peptides run the gamut from drugstore scores to high-end indulgences. Take a look at the options we’ve found.
EXCELLENCE FROM ESTÉE
Estée Lauder ‘Perfectionist CP+’ Wrinkle Lifting Serum with Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides ($135) amplifies collagen production in just two hours — based on testing. Instantly, skin looks brighter, fresher and more lineless as wrinkles are filled in and visibly immobilized with a flexible elastomer. See a 61% reduction in the look of serious lines and winkles in just four weeks of continued use. Let your wrinkle lift begin.
CUTTING EDGE THERAPY
Lancôme High Rèsolution Collaser-5x Anti-wrinkle Serum ($72) fights wrinkles at the source. Inspired by cutting-edge laser therapy, this revolutionary new complex of rice peptides, alfalfa extract, and co-enzyme R combined with vitamin Cg, helps target five key types of collagen –so your skin’s youthful suppleness and bounce return. Continued use shows marked improvements.
ENHANCE YOUR INNER GLOW
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF 30 ($425) improves natural glow immediately, while working to help prevent age spots and discoloration over time. Firmness and moisture increase, giving the look and feel of younger skin, while SPF protection helps minimize skin-aging damage. Reduces damaging enzymes and helps increase collagen to diminish wrinkles and improve elasticity with an exclusive Golden Peptide.
SAY YES TO SHISEIDO
The hormonal changes that come with age undermine the skin’s ability to bounce back – which shows in the form of wrinkles and sagging as skin weakens. Shiseido Benefiance NutriPerfect ($94) was created specifically for women ages 50 and over who are facing these menopause-related hormonal changes and are concerned about the weakening and thinning of their skin.
With hexapeptides and wheat-derived native peptides, Ren Keep Young and Beautiful Serum ($75) says it all. This advanced bio active serum is formulated to keep skin looking smoother, firmer, younger and more radiant. It reduces and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so you’ll look radiant, It also corrects and evens skin tone.
THE BENEFIT OF NEUROPEPTIDES
Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment ($98) is a lightweight eye cream that uses neuropeptides to create a younger-looking complexion in only 28 days. This revolutionary treatment effectively reduces the depth of wrinkles, improves hyper pigmentation and banishes skin roughness. Vitamins C and E boost collagen production, even the skin’s tone, and condition for a smoother skin texture.
NO MORE UNDER-EYE BAGS
The concentrated formula of Boscia Restorative Eye Treatment for Under-Eye Bags ($48) delivers long-lasting hydration to diminish puffiness and protect the delicate eye area from future damage. The peptides in the lotion minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving firmness. Sodium hyaluronate provides moisture while vitamin E acts as an antioxidant.
DIRECT FROM ICELAND
Have the smooth, soft skin you crave with Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream ($75). This rice peptide-rich cream does wonders for stressed and acne-prone skin. A gentle emollient formula infused with natural extracts and nurturing bioactive elements replenish what chronic stress has taken away. Designed to work with skin’s natural renewal process, it revitalizes and recharges overnight.
Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Turbo ($150) helps diminish the appearance of the six most stubborn deep wrinkles and facial expression lines: forehead wrinkles, the “eleven” lines, nose “scrunch” creases, parentheses, pout lines and marionette lines. It contains 18 potent anti-aging neuropeptides. Participants in a 4-week study reported major reduction of lines.
ONE OF THE BEST FOR LESS
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum (about $30) uses a proprietary amino-peptide complex to smooth skin and restore elasticity. This relatively inexpensive cream hydrates to lift, firm and micro-sculpt for younger-looking skin around the eyes, jawline and neck.
THE FINISHING TOUCH
A potent, proprietary blend of functional anti-aging ingredients is the genesis of Le Métier de Beautè ‘Peau Vierge’ Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème ($285). This peptide-infused lightweight emulsion absorbs quickly and dramatically. Slows expression line formation and reverses sun damage while repairing and improving texture, sagging skin and rejuvenating overall tone texture.