What Are Peptides?

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. These proteins are the foundations of your skin and are responsible for its texture, strength and resilience. Without peptides, our skin is less intact which can lead to a loss of firmness, the appearance of wrinkles, a change in texture and less ‘bounce’.

When applied topically to the skin, peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging skin to look and act younger.

Extensive scientific research has proven that peptides can support your skin on multiple levels, for example firming, soothing and hydrating the skin.

Peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging skin to look and act younger.

How To Incorporate In Your Routine ...

While peptides are powerful on their own, we recommend combining them with other hero ingredients for best results. Think of peptides are your ‘booster’. Because peptides don’t compete with other actives – in fact, they will accelerate the results of your core routine.

If you’re looking to improve skin’s overall health and youthfulness, combine peptides with vitamin A, this power couple will help reveal a fresh, smooth, firmer complexion while normalising sebum production.

For anyone with sensitive skin who needs to steer clear of vitamin A, peptides can be used instead - as they’re very well tolerated.

It's safe to say peptides are a favourite ingredients of ours ... heres our top picks for all skin comcerns....


Boost your skin's natural luminosity with Medik8’s Clarity Peptides. Infused with 10% niacinamide, it works wonders for visibly soothing red, inflamed or blemish-prone skin. This milky serum promotes glass-like skin, featuring Crystalide™ peptides, which help to clean up the skin’s waste proteins to promote a clear complexion.


If anti-ageing is your main focus, Medik8’s Liquid Peptides is incredible in its peptide power. With the ability to bring your skin back to life (something we’ve experienced first hand), the 30% peptide-packed formula helps to fight expression wrinkles by encouraging collagen production. Boosted with a pioneering drone-based delivery system, the formula ensures every peptide is activated within the layer of skin where it’s needed the most. The ultimate booster product – apply after Vitamin C in the AM and Retinal in the PM and skin is left soft to touch, deeply hydrated and ultimately more youthful-looking.

If anti-ageing is your main focus, Medik8’s Liquid Peptides is incredible in its peptide power.


Oxy R Peptides is a targeted peptide solution for hyperpigmentation. The click-activated formula was carefully crafted with the intention of improving the appearance of visible age spots, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and post-inflammatory marks from past blemishes. Utilising a high concentration of 1% oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R), combined with twin brightening peptides, tetrapeptide-30 and acetyl glycyl beta-alanine, this silky serum can deliver visible improvements to hyperpigmented skin in as little as 2 weeks.


In need of a Vitamin A replacement? Look no further than Bakuchiol Peptides, the clinically proven substitute for retinol. Perfect for expectant or nursing mothers, Bakuchiol Peptides is extremely gentle yet delivers impressive visible youth-renewing results. Elevating the effects of 1.25% pure bakuchiol with brightening peptide precursors and calming cica, this lightweight, oil serum takes the gentle powers of bakuchiol to the next level of anti-ageing technology.


You all know by now our love for copper peptides runs deeps – our much celebrated, top selling Copper products from NIOD have been delivering impressive results to our customers for years. Deemed ‘The Smartest Serum On Shelves’ simply because it works so well with a unique ability to resolve a wide range of issues on variety of skin types.

Latest to our offering is the Niod’s CAIL which rich gel to oil formula gives fullness and bounce (yes please) whilst encouraging repair and improving overall health.

You can also find Copper Peptides in the formulas of iS Clinicals ever popular Reparative Moisture Emulsion and U Beauty’s Super Smart Hydrator - known to stimulate collagen production to help firm and visibly reduce wrinkles over time these super charged moisturisers are in a league of the their own.


Finally, peptides for the eyes. Eyelift Peptides from Medik8 is the ultimate lifting and firming eye treatment. With a complex of 5 collagen-boosting peptides, this multi-action, anti-ageing eye serum helps to visibly lift and shape the look of eye contours for an immediate well-rested, bright-eyed appearance.

And Youth Eye Complex from iS Clinical includes Copper tri-peptides to stimulate collagen for elasticity and firmness. This do-it-all hydrating and nourishing hydbrid eye serum/ cream delivers on combating fine lines whilst reducing puffiness and and brightening dark circles