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Know IT: What Are Peptides in Skincare?

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Get ready to add a little pep to your skincare regimen—and we don’t just mean going through each step of your routine with a bit more gusto (though that works, too). We’re talking about peptides, a skincare ingredient found in anti-aging moisturizers that can help tackle the look of fine lines and wrinkles. With dermatologist insight, we’re explaining what peptides are and then revealing some of our favorite products.

What Are Peptides?

To help you understand what peptides are, let’s draw a simple analogy. Imagine you have a pile of individual links in front of you. These solo, non-attached links represent amino acids. If you were to combine two to 50 of these links together to create a small chain, you’d get a peptide. Once you have 50 or more links, you have a protein.

In skincare formulations—including moisturizers, facial serums, and lotions—peptides can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles for the look of smoother, firmer, plump skin.

Our Favorite Skincare Products to Try

Now that you’re up to speed on what peptides are, let’s get some goodies in your hands and on your face. These are a handful of our favorite products formulated with peptides.

Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover

Old price New price $42.00
One size available
4 oz / 100 g

Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm

The best way to start your skincare routine is with a cleanser that nourishes your skin and nixes even the most stubborn makeup. Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm is a multitasking hero. Not only does it instantly remove makeup, but it's infused with a skin-softening anti-aging serum that includes peptides, collagen, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.

Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Old price New price $29.00

Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum

For the look of plump skin, apply two to three drops of Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum following your cleanser. Formulated with 1.5% hyaluronic acid, peptide, and vitamin B5, this silky serum delivers lasting hydration, reduces the look of fine lines, and supports supple-feeling skin.

Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer

Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer is a luxurious anti-aging cream that packs seven benefits into one jar. It delivers hydration, reduces the look of fine lines, visibly minimizes pores, and brightens your skin's appearance. It's formulated with a host of skin-loving ingredients, including peptides, ceramides, and collagen.

Confidence in an Eye Cream

You’ll enjoy the same benefits in Confidence in an Eye Cream as you do in the moisturizer, including hydration and the look of smoother skin. Since it's formulated with IT Cosmetics’ exclusive apricot tint and Drops of Light Technology™, you’ll also see an immediate improvement in the look of dark circles. A little bit is all you need of this rich eye cream, which is formulated with peptides, a super ceramide complex, licorice root, niacinamide, and collagen.

CC+ Cream Full-Coverage Foundation with SPF 50+

Old price New price $44.00
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Medium (W): Soft Beige

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is a best-selling* product for so many reasons. First, this color-correcting cream gives you full coverage without looking cakey or dry. That's because it's infused with a hydrating, anti-aging serum that includes skincare ingredients such as peptides, niacinamide, collagen, and antioxidants. Second, it diffuses the look of skin imperfections so you can feel confident as you take on the day. As a bonus, it boasts an SPF 50+ physical sunscreen.

Now that you know the answer to the often asked question, “what are peptides?” check out this article that covers when you should start using anti-aging ingredients. (You might be surprised!) We also recommend checking out our comprehensive overview of facial serums and our beginner’s guide to retinol.

*Source: The NPD Group/US Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Makeup Product Sales, January - December 2020.
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