Polypeptides 101

Polypeptides are more than just a buzzy skincare trend — this ingredient is backed by science and actually helps support your skin’s natural collagen production to smooth and firm your skin while supporting natural barrier function. 

Our newest launch, Resurrection Polypeptide Cream, utilizes a plant-based polypeptide complex with a trio of skin-quenching hydrators to instantly restore moisture levels, help reduce the look of fine lines, and improve skin firmness and elasticity. 

Read on to learn more about polypeptides, and how exactly this key ingredient works. 

What are polypeptides? 

Polypeptides are long, continuous chains of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. While they naturally occur in your skin, they can also be applied topically to signal and encourage your skin to produce more collagen. Since our skin’s natural collagen production declines as we age, getting extra help from topical creams helps improve skin firmness and elasticity,  and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

What are the benefits of using polypeptides? 

  • Signals and encourages your skin to produce more collagen
  • Helps soften the appearance of fine lines 
  • Improves firmness and elasticity 
  • Supports skin barrier function 

 Who are polypeptides for? 

Polypeptides generally benefit all skin types!  Resurrection Polypeptide Cream (RPC) specifically is a velvety-rich cream especially suitable for very dry or sensitive skin types. It can also be used as a heavy winter moisturizer to keep skin hydrated through cooler months, or as a rich night cream.  

How often should you use polypeptides?

To get the most skin-firming benefits, apply RPC both morning and night. And don’t forget to use your SPF during the day as well. 

Can polypeptides be used with Vitamin C or retinol? 

Yes! You can apply a vitamin C serum under your RPC as these ingredients work together to help improve skin’s texture and trap moisture. RPC can also be used on top of your favorite retinol to help seal in the resurfacing benefits, and provide moisture. Just be sure to introduce new products one at a time to avoid any type of reaction or sensitivity. 

To summarize, polypeptides are an incredibly powerful key ingredient that help smooth, firm, reduce the look of fine lines, and improve skin’s elasticity.