Sometimes buzz ingredients in skin care sound like mysterious by-products from a high school science experiment. Here’s a question: What are peptides? Now before you pull out your chemistry textbook, we have an easy explanation on these ingredients that are actually naturally occurring.

Here's your handy cheat sheet on peptides, how they reduces the look of wrinkles and why they work:

What are they?
These naturally-occurring elements are just smaller versions of proteins and, like proteins, they are made out of amino acids (Truth In Aging).

How do they work?
When we age, we lose collagen - the protein that provides support and elasticity to our skin (Medical News Today). When collagen breaks down, it forms peptides that signal the skin to make new collagen. By applying peptides through skin care, we are actually tricking the skin to make more collagen (Truth in Aging).

Studies on oligopeptides (the type used in Éminence products) have been published in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications.

What do they do to your skin?
In stimulating collagen production, peptides promote a more elastic and supple look to skin and increase the youthful appearance of complexion. 

How to use them:
Citrus Lip Balm
Apply this great-smelling treat for just four weeks and natural peptides will make your lips appear more voluptuous and youthful.

Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream
Eminence Organics Peptide Illuminating Complex uses botanical peptides derived from hibiscus seeds to stimulate collagen production. Enrich your complexion with this powerful moisturiser and uncover skin that looks firmer and plumped as well as improved in the appearance of wrinkles.