I feel like I'm the only xoVainer who hasn't written about Mario Badescu products. Annie has (a kabillion times), Hannah has, Faz has, Beth has, Nicole has, Melanie has... OK, so it's safe to say that most xoVainers haven't written about Mario Badescu, but xoVain has definitely become the place to go to hear good things about the brand.
I'll tell you all about why they're awesome, but first, a little lesson on...
WHAT THE HELL PEPTIDES ARE
You've probably noticed peptides in a lot of anti-aging products in the last few years. They've become a bit of a buzz ingredient, and for good reason: they get all up in your skin and really do something. Several somethings, actually, depending on how the amino acids making them up behave. (FYI: amino acids are organic compounds that have both a carboxyl and amino group, blah, blah, blah.)
Whenever you see a peptide listed in ingredients, it'll never just say "peptide." It'll have a prefix to describe how many amino acids (e.g. dipeptide, hexapeptide, etc.) are in the chain, and that usually follows a word like acetyl or palmitoyl, indicating a functional group (that's organic chemistry speak).
MARIO BADESCU'S TAKE ON PEPTIDES
In the case of Peptide Renewal Serum and Peptide Renewal Cream, you'll find palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, which, together, are known to the skincare industry as the comically futuristic-sounding Matrixyl 3000. Working as a team, they've been shown to help reduce wrinkle depth and decrease inflammation.
The cream and serum have very similar supporting ingredients, including sorghum (a type of grass) and nori (a type of algae) to help the peptides stop the effects of collagen loss, white willow bark to help keep skin clear, and hyaluronic acid, the no-brainer hydrating ingredient.
The serum has a few additional extracts, like green tea, aloe, St. John's wort, yarrow and chamomile, to make it very soothing on sensitive skin.
PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO
If you're down to spend $80, get both. They work beautifully together--just like the peptides that are in them. (A parallel! How cute!) If not, here's how to pick which one you need more:
- If you're seeing only the earliest signs of aging, have dry skin, and love a thick moisturizer, the Peptide Renewal Cream is more than enough.
- If your skin has a few more mature signs of aging, like more noticeable lines, and it's sensitive in addition to being dry, go with the Peptide Renewal Serum. Serums are made up of smaller molecules, allowing them to penetrate skin better; so in this case, it'll deliver the anti-aging and soothing payoffs that much more efficiently.
Personally, I'll be using the serum, followed by a lighter moisturizer with SPF. It's mostly because my skin isn't super-dry, partly because I'm starting to see real lines, and 100% because I just like squishing the dropper with my finger.
Do you use any products with peptides? Let's talk about science shizz!