OK, so what actually are peptides? Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as the building blocks of proteins needed by the skin—such as collagen and elastin. These proteins are responsible for your skin’s texture, strength, and ability to regenerate. As we age, these naturally occurring proteins reduce over time, leading to loss of firmness, the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles, and a general change in the texture and suppleness or plumpness of our complexions. When we apply peptides to our skin via serums, moisturizers, and face masks or facials, these can help support with collagen production, targeting some of these signs of aging. However, in order for peptides to truly penetrate beyond the surface, it’s a good idea to exfoliate first with either a weekly exfoliation treatment or an at-home peel. That way you clear the path for these peptides to deliver the good stuff deeper into your skin. Reducing the appearance of fine lines, strengthening the skin’s barrier and keeping hydration in, peptides are also associated with soothing and comforting skin sensitivities too. By supporting collagen production this way, skin feels more firm, fine lines seem softened, and your overall complexion feels smoother and clearer. We also like to combine peptides with plant stem cell technology too to help with preventative aging by protecting skin from photodamage and further strengthening the skin. For an anti-aging dream team, look for moisturizers or face creams with this pairing.