A Dermatologist Tells Us How Peptides Support Collagen And Tighten Sagging Skin

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and it promotes skin elasticity and a supple, radiant complexion. When creating a healthy skincare routine, smoothing fine lines, wrinkles and lifting sagging skin are all common goals.

All of this is possible with products that contain peptides, and we checked in with a dermatologist and skincare expert to learn more about this ingredient’s effectiveness in anti-aging. Read on for tips, suggestions and insight from Dr. Anna Chacon, MD, board-certified dermatologist and writer at My Psoriasis Team.



How Peptides Promote Collagen Production

Peptides are amino acids that combine to form particular proteins required by the skin, Chacon explains. "Because collagen is composed of three polypeptide chains, introducing peptides can boost your skin's production of collagen," she adds.

Chacon notes that serums, moisturizers and other skincare products with peptides all help to "decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," as they help add moisture and hydration to the skin. Dryer, dehydrated skin often leads to faster wrinkling, Chacon points out, and using peptides products can keep your face looking firmer and glowing (when paired with a healthy diet and ample hydration, of course).

Tips For Using Peptides Products

If you're utilizing a peptide serum in your skincare routine, Chacon suggests to use it "after cleansing your face and before moisturizing." If you're getting your peptide fix through a moisturizer, Chacon recommends "making sure the serum preceding it doesn't include a potentially irritating active ingredient if your skin is reacting." Along with peptides products of your choice, Chacon recommends several more essential items for your anti-aging skincare routine if you're a beginner.

After cleansing your face every morning, Chacon says to apply a "vitamin c serum" to boost collagen even more, and to then follow up with a moisturizer. She stresses that wearing sunscreen "every day, all year round" is vital to prevent faster wrinkling and sun damage, and dubs it to be the "last step after skincare and before applying makeup."



For more information regarding the best skincare routine and products for your skin type, and to learn more about peptides, Chacon recommends meeting with your dermatologist to assess your individual complexion. Peptides, she concludes, are the building blocks of proteins that your skin needs, like collagen and elastin, so using them in your routine can only help your anti-aging goals!