Photos by Rhonda J. Wilson
Some things defy explanation. Take the tree that grows sideways in my neighborhood. It springs across the sidewalk and street in a proud but precarious position, committing horizontal hijinks on the hundreds of pedestrians and drivers who journey underneath it on a daily basis. It never ceases to amaze and delight the locals.
The same can be said about peptides--those powerhouse plumping ingredients used in skincare formulations to create Botox-like results. These teeny-tiny molecules, also known as small chains of amino acids, defy the odds and produce big results. They not only signal the skin to create more collagen, but they also significantly soften fine lines and wrinkles with no side effects.
Meet the most powerful anti-aging peptides available:
Palmitoyl pentapeptide: Absorbs deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve hydration.
Heptapeptide-7: Strengthens skin's structure and restores firmness.
Tetrapeptide-2: Improves tone and texture, and helps the skin defend against visible signs of aging.
Hexapeptide-3: Relaxes facial tension and reduces wrinkle depth.
Oligopeptide: Smoothes skin for a more rejuvenated look.
Take a look at the latest serums, moisturizers, and eye and hand creams that contain healing and hydrating peptides. They're designed to repair and renew your skin--as well as amaze and delight.
SHINE: VB Cosmetics Abrioné Face Lifting Serum. BEAUTY: Firm sagging skin and wrinkles with palmitoyl pentapeptide, green tea leaf extract, hyaluronic acid and marine algae extracts. BEACON: No animal testing.
SHINE: Apothederm Firming Serum. BEAUTY: Heptapeptide-7 and hexapeptide-14 help tighten and brighten skin to create luminosity and a lifted look. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, phthalates and fragrances.
SHINE: Dionis Green Conscience Wrinkle Cream. BEAUTY: Ease fine lines and wrinkles with oligopeptide, tetrapeptide-7, sunflower and jojoba seed oils, and marine algae extract. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.
SHINE: Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream. BEAUTY: Pentapeptide-4, hexapeptide-3, and the juices of aloe, apple, lemon and white grape help hydrate your hands and mend hyperpigmentation. BEACON: USDA Organic certified. Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene and butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances.
SHINE: Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair. BEAUTY: Maximize elasticity and firmness, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with macadamia and jojoba seed oils, hyaluronic acid and oligopeptide. BEACON: No animal testing.
SHINE: Lily Herbceuticals Reishi Youth Restore Revitalizing Day Cream. BEAUTY: Mushroom and ginkgo biloba leaf extract, tetrapeptide-2 and shea butter help tighten and brighten skin. BEACON: Contains no petrochemicals or parabens.
SHINE: m-61 Hydraboost Eye. BEAUTY: Replenish moisture and reduce the appearance of dark circles/puffiness with tripeptide-38, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and jojoba seed and avocado oils. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances and dyes.
SHINE: Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum. BEAUTY: Hexapeptide-2, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid promote collagen production, and help restore radiance and resilience to your skin. BEACON: No animal testing.
SHINE: Nature Pure Labs Hippophae Pepto-Ceramide Complex. BEAUTY: Increase moisture retention and prevent premature aging with oligopeptide, and ginkgo biloba leaf and St John's wort extracts. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, and artificial colors and fragrances.