Read the label: Peptides
WHY LOOK FOR THEM: There is some good science behind peptides such as acetyl hexapeptide- 8 and copper peptide, both of which are linked to smoother, firmer skin.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: There are hundreds of peptides, the most common being copper peptide. Often hailed as the peptide to surpass all others, copper peptide is a noteworthy ingredient but with it ( and all others) comes a certain amount of hype. Peptides are protein fragments made up of amino acids, which when combined in certain formulations make specific peptides. Because protein is so essential to the skin’s makeup, so are peptides. Without them the skin sags, wrinkles and loses elasticity. But it would be misleading to suggest that peptides on their own can combat ageing — just as there is no one superstar antioxidant, there’s no one “best” peptide.
FIND PEPTIDES IN: Natio’s Renew Smoothing Serum ($ 29.50); Dr LeWinn’s Ultra R4 Ultimate Lift Serum $ 90; and Avon Anew Clinical Indefinite Complete Sculpting Cream ($ 50).