Peptides are one of the most well-used and well-loved ingredients in anti-aging skincare. But what exactly do these ingredients do, and how can you incorporate them into your skincare routine? Today, we’re looking into the science behind peptides, and how brands like Hydropeptide are utilizing them in their formulations. So without further adieu, let’s get started!
Behind the Brand
Hydropeptide is a cosmeceutical brand that focuses specifically on using peptides, epigenetic principles and sensory experience to guide their cosmetic formulations. But what are epigenetics? According to the Brand, the entire range of Hydropeptide products has been formulated, thanks to their team of geneticists, to work with your unique genes and the science of epigenetics to improve skin at a cellular level. The brand offers a full range of skincare, facial treatments and body care products. All of these products are designed to leave the skin feeling plump, smooth and radiant both after the first use as well as with continued application. Hydropeptide is also very passionate about the role of an esthetician in creating the perfect skincare routine to suit your needs, so they’ve decided their product range to be used in conjunction with regular visits to an esthetician or dermatologist.
Hydropeptide specializes in clinically-testing skincare products that focus mostly on treating specific anti-aging skin concerns. Looking at some of their newest releases, we can see how they have designed their products around this concept.
For example, their newest addition, the Firm-A-Fix Nectar, is a lifting neck and decollete serum. This serum was designed to tighten and firm the skin with collagen boosting ingredients, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase plumpness and fade sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
Another one of the newer releases from Hydropeptide is their Glow Team Hydrogel Mask Set. This product features 4 of Hydropeptides different masks. Each mask targets a different areas, whether you’re looking to treat the under eye area, These hydrogels perform similarly to sheet masks, but can actually deliver more of the nutrients within the sheet than a typical paper mask would.
Finally, some of their bestsellers include moisturizers like the Ninmi Face Cream. This moisturizer features some of the hallmark ingredients of this brand and is named after Dr. Marcel Nimni who researched and discovered the patented collagen boosting technology that is featured in this product, Additionally, like all of the other products in the Hydropeptide
Looking at the Ninmi Day Cream specifically, we can get an idea of how HydroPeptide products are formulated and some of the key ingredients that they frequently used. Starting off with the base of this product, the first five ingredients include water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, propanediol and diethylhexyl carbonate. You’ll find glycerin in almost every single skincare product in your routine, and for good reason. Glycerin is an excellent humectant, meaning that it draws water to the skin, effectively hydrating the surface. Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that acts as an emollient that helps to blend together this formula and give it its smooth, creamy texture. Propanediol is another fairly common ingredient in skincare that acts mainly as a texture enhancer. This ingredient is also a great alternative to petrolatum-derived glycols. Finally, diethylhexyl carbonate acts mainly as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent that help to moisturize the skin.
In addition to this base, the Ninmi Day Cream also features a wide array of botanical extracts and actives. This includes ingredients like hydrolyzed oat protein, shea butter, grape seed extract and peptides. Hydrolyzed oat proteins contain beta-glucans, which can be helpful in soothing the skin, and can also be used as a potent yet gentle anti-aging ingredient. Shea butter is an incredibly common ingredient in skin care, as it is an intensely nourishing and moisturizing butter that has a surprisingly low comedogenic rating. At a comedogenic rating of 1, shea butter is much easier to incorporate into your skincare routine than other butters like cocoa butter, which have a comedogenic rating of about 3. Grape seed extract is used mostly for its numerous antioxidants which help to prevent free-radical damage which can lead to premature aging.
Finally, the peptides in this Day Cream act as the main anti-aging actives in this formula. Peptides really are the backbone of this brand, and are present in almost every product in the line, even the Hydropeptide sunscreen range. Peptides serve mainly as amino acid precursors which signal collagen production. Both collagen and elastin production begins to slow down as we age, so the idea behind incorporating peptides into skincare is that we can offset this deficit by encouraging the body to produce more of these compounds. Peptides are also extremely well-loved in skincare because unlike many other active ingredients that target aging, peptides do not cause irritation, nor require as much care and concern to see the benefits. They can be used with almost any other active ingredient on the market and can be used day and night without worry.
Hydropeptide also uses a much larger range of peptides, which aim to address different skin concerns. Products like the Ninmi Day Cream and the Hydropeptide Powerlift, contain a blend of peptides that target collagen production deep in the skin while simultaneously relaxing wrinkles at the surface. Peptides are also one of the most potent actives in Epigenetics, but there are several others than can also positively impact the condition of your skin.
For example, while the Ninmi Day Cream contains a generous boost of antioxidants, the Ninmi Cream for night time application also includes a time-release retinol to help with smoothing and refining the skin. Retinol is largely considered to be the gold standard anti-aging ingredient, and is one of the most well researched ingredients in wrinkle prevention and fine lines reduction.
At the moment, most of the products from Hydropeptide have a small handful of reviews each. Looking at some of their best selling products, most of the reviews that have been left are largely positive. For example, The Nimni Face Cream currently has 7 reviews, and an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Most of those who reviewed this product had extremely positive experience, and noticed an improvement in the appearance of their skin. But we’d love to hear from you! Have you tried anything from HydroPeptide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!