Peptides are one of the most talked about ingredients in the field of skincare right now. You’ve more than likely heard the buzz around peptides as a must-have anti-ageing addition to an everyday skincare routine that help to smooth wrinkles and firm – but have you ever wondered exactly what a peptide is and what it does for the skin? Well, that’s why No7 are here to talk you through everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this group of age-defying ingredients.
What Are Peptides?
An essential ingredient in the battle against the visible signs of ageing, peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. These proteins form the foundations of your skin and are directly responsible for its texture, strength and resilience. There are many different peptides, all of which are made up from different combinations of amino acids.
How Peptides Work in Skincare
If peptides already exist within the body, then why do we need even more of them? Collagen in the skin naturally depletes with age and can be damaged even more quickly by chronic UV exposure. Peptides help to reinforce the proteins that occur in the skin, therefore rejuvenating and maintaining it. When peptides are applied to the skin in the form of a moisturiser or a serum, your body sees them as a sign that it needs to start healing itself, which actively promotes the production of collagen.
The addition of peptides into your skincare routine encourages your skin to boost its levels of collagen, which helps to plump, restore and strengthen a healthy skin barrier.
Different types of peptides have different effects, from smoothing wrinkles and repairing function, to increasing firmness and hydration. Several peptides can be combined in one product and most are found in anti-ageing products for skin that has started to show a decrease in the production of those essential proteins.
No7’s patented peptide; Matrixyl 3000 Plus™
Matrixyl 3000 Plus is a collagen-based peptide technology that boosts collagen and fibrillin for a more youthful appearance. A mighty, age-defying peptide complex that’s like no other. Learn all about how it works in our handy tell-all video.
Are Peptides Enough on Their Own?
While it’s clear that peptides are a great addition to your skincare routine, as an isolated ingredient they are not quite enough. Due to their function in helping to reinforce essential proteins in the skin, peptides are powerful anti-ageing ingredients to include in your everyday regime. They are most effective when combined with other potent ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and amino acids. If your ultimate goal is smoother, hydrated, firmer and younger-looking skin, you will need to use other ingredients in addition to peptides.
Because there are so many different peptides, having them combined in one product can allow you to target several different signs of ageing all at once, as well as reinforcing skin’s own protective functions. Our clinically proven age-defying ranges are formulated with Matrixyl 3000+™, our powerful anti-wrinkle peptide technology featuring a supercharged skin-replenishing formula. Combined with our firming and fortifying complexes containing hyaluronic and amino acids, our peptide technology works in harmony with the other ingredients in the formulation to help target the five key signs of ageing, for younger-looking face and neck.
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Responsible for skin’s firmness, plumpness and elasticity, peptides and ceramides help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
These capsules help to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, leaving skin feeling smoother, firmer and more elastic in just 4 weeks. The formula combines key ingredients: Ceramide & Peptides. These capsules work to deliver scientifically proven results, visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles so that your skin feels looks smoother and feels more elastic. Infused with peptides and a specially selected ceramide, to work alongside the natural components of your skin. Encapsulated and with a targeted delivery for optmised results, these capsules helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
How to use: For best results, apply onto cleansed skin once a day before using serum or moisturiser.
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Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 5 years! Our clinically proven targeted booster serum contains 7x more Matrixyl 3000 Plus™ than our other age-defying No7 serums to target and visibly reduce deep lines and wrinkles in just one week++.
How to use:
- Twist silver base to unlock and then press to dispense desired amount.
- Apply directly to lines & wrinkles every morning & evening before applying your usual No7 serum or moisturiser.
- To use as a booster mix 1 or 2 drops into your usual moisturiser, eye cream or foundation.