What are Peptides and Ceramides in skincare and do you need them?

February 24, 2024 Skincare

Peptides and Ceramides in Skincare: What are they, Do you need them, and Where to find them.

There are a lot of buzzwords in skincare, from ingredients to new technologies, but what what do they actually mean? We’re taking a deep dive into Peptides and Ceramides in skincare to simplify how they can benefit your skin, and where you’ll find them in some of our go-to serums, moisturisers and masks.


What are Peptides?

Peptides are fragments of proteins composed of amino acids that play a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity of our skin.

When amino acids join together in specific sequences, they form unique peptides. In fact, there are hundreds of different types of peptides. When peptides bond together in specific arrangements, they make up specific proteins. Without peptides and proteins the condition of our skin declines, leading to a loss of elasticity and firmness. This can result in the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. Fortunately, science has uncovered the remarkable benefits of peptides, which can help rejuvenate ageing skin and maintain firmness – that bouncy skin we all strive for.

Peptides, like elastin and collagen, are vital proteins that give our skin its strength and elasticity. Peptides can also help to reduce inflammation, redness, and improve dullness. In fact a key feature of peptides is that they have the ability to target specific skin concerns. There are hundreds of peptides, each with its unique properties and benefits. Some peptides are best suited for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, while others work to improve skin texture and restore firmness.

Skincare products with Peptides

You’ll find Peptides in a range of skincare products including our Probiotic Cica Complex Biome Booster  by VENN. This soothing and lifting serum features clinically proven Peptides and Acmella Oleracea Extract to improve skin’s elasticity and deliver a visible lifting effect. It is also supercharged with VENN’s proprietary complex of Prebiotics, Probiotic Ferments, Postbiotics, and Centella Asiatica (Cica) actives to visibly calm and moisturize sensitive, dry skin and defend against dryness.

The bestselling Concentrated Revitalizing Lifting Mask from VENN is a luxurious, leave-on cream mask that’s supercharged with a concentrated series of potent, efficacy-driven bioactives, including 15 of the world’s most nutritious and powerful Antioxidants and Peptides, to visibly lift, hydrate and boost radiance in an instant, revealing a revitalized, firmer complexion. You can use this mask overnight, pre-event or even as an additional moisture and treatment layer over your day time moisturiser.

How to recognise Peptides in a skincare product ingredient list

Reading skincare inci lists can be challenging. When checking ingredients, a good indication that you’re looking at a peptide is if the ingredient name ends in ‘peptide’ or begins with ‘palmitoyl.’ You may also  see numbers following a peptide’s name, for example, Tridecapeptide-1, or Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10. While these rules won’t identify all Peptides, they’re a great start.

Learn more about peptides.


What are Ceramides?

Ceramides are game-changers in skincare for their ability to improve the skin’s moisture barrier. But what are they? Ceramides are lipids, which are fatty acids that are produced by your body and make up a large part of your skin’s natural lipid skin barrier. Ceramides help to protect the skin from external aggressors such as environmental stressors and pollution.

Imagine your skin is made up of bricks and mortar. The skin cells would be the bricks, and the lipids would be the mortar in between. You wouldn’t expect a stack of bricks alone to be very effective without the mortar holding everything in place, which is how your skin might be without ceramides. They serve as a protective barrier for the rest of your skin, locking in hydration and moisture from the outside.

Skincare products with Ceramides

Ceramides are considered a game-changing well-aging ingredient in skincare, even thought by some to be more important and effective than retinol, niacinamide and peptides. The Maria serum by Catarina Barbosa features vegetable ceramides to help improve dry, irritated and sensitive skin and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.

One of our go-to masks that includes Ceramides is the VENN Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Renewal Mass – a scientifically formulated hydrogel face mask that’s fabulous for plumping, lifting and firming the skin.

How to recognise Ceramides in a skincare product ingredient list

Fortunately, you’ll most often see the word “Ceramide” on the ingredient list. You might also look for ingredients related to ceramides, like phytosphingosine and sphingosine that are known as ceramide precursors, meaning they can help encourage the skin into actually producing ceramides.

Learn more about ceramides.

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Why should you use skincare with Peptides and Ceramides?

Peptides are a fabulous ingredient to look for regardless of your age, and are ideal for almost any skin type. Peptides will be especially suited to mature skin, and those of us wanting to address visible signs of skin aging. Anyone looking to target skin strengthening, or seeking firmer, plumper, more lifted skin with less lines and wrinkles should consider incorporating peptides into their skincare routine.

Ceramides are a versatile skincare ingredient that can benefit a wide range of skin types. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, ceramides can help to boost moisture levels and improve the skin’s ability to retain hydration. Similarly, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, ceramides can support the skin barrier function, which may have been compromised by harsh treatments or overuse of drying products. Ceramides are also suitable for mature skin, as they help to strengthen the skin’s structure and support anti-aging efforts. Essentially, anyone looking to enhance their skin’s hydration, resilience, and overall health can benefit from incorporating ceramides into their skincare routine.

For help customising your skincare routine or advice on introducing peptides, ceramides or other targeted ingredients into your routine, speak with us via Live Chat or contact us.

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