Read the la­bel: Pep­tides

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - BEAUTY -

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).

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