Peptide Cream Is Trending — Here’s Why & The 7 Best Ones

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Whether you consider yourself a skin-care expert or an enthusiast, one thing is for sure: the beauty space can be a confusing one, especially when it comes to all of the different terms. Collagen, antioxidants, and most recently peptides — you see these words popping up all over and know what they do for the most part, but how do you find which one is best for you and your skin specifically?
In my experience with skin care, when you take a step back, you start to understand that most of the marketing jargon is interconnected which is to say, if you know about collagen — even in the most general terms — you're just about there on peptides.
The tl;dr: A peptide is a short-chain amino acid that, on a cellular level, helps build proteins, like collagen. So, it makes sense that you'd want them in your skin-care routine and why brands bold 'peptide' on a label. Moreover, peptides are especially trendy at the moment — peptide moisturizer feels a bit like what vitamin C serum was three years ago. So, we've amassed a helpful guide on how to shop for peptide skin-care based on your need.
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