12 Peptide-Powered Skincare Products for a Younger-Looking Complexion

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As much as we're all told to love the skin we're in — and as much as we really, truly do! — that doesn't stop us from wanting a firmer, tighter, brighter complexion. And while those results used to go hand in hand with a trip to the cosmetic dermatologist, nowadays you can stroll down the beauty aisle for an OTC solution that, while not as instant as an injection, can be just as good. The trick is to look for products jam-packed with peptides. "Peptides are proteins that strengthen one’s own key proteins — collagen and elastin," says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection. "We need these building blocks to help reinforce our collagen because collagen synthesis wanes with age." That's the short of it, so we dug a little deeper to really learn why this ingredient is such a star in skincare.

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