Dylan Mustapich is a NYC-based lead esthetician who has been featured in New Beauty, Teen Vogue, Wired, and The Huffington Post. With a lifelong love of all things skin, he is incredibly knowledgeable about skincare ingredients, routine refinement, and personalized skincare, and follows emerging technology closely.
Retinol and Peptides are the intergenerational skincare power couple. Retinol is the more mature and established partner, having been used for many decades to successfully treat a variety of skin concerns. Peptides are the new kids on the block, having only become popular somewhat recently. When used together, old meets new to form a potent combo perfect for treating the appearance of fine lines and other textural concerns.
What are Peptides?
Peptides are the building blocks of larger proteins like collagen and elastin. When applied to the skin, they work as messengers that trigger cells to perform specific functions such as increasing the production of collagen and decreasing inflammation. This is particularly beneficial when using stronger active ingredients like Retinol, which may cause a bit of inflammation as your skin becomes acclimated.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that falls within the Retinoid family of ingredients along with Rx Tretinoin and Adapalene. Able to speed up skin cell turnover (how quickly our skin cells naturally shed), it has been the go-to ingredient in treating the appearance of fine lines for many many years now. Its immense popularity is backed up by more studies than perhaps any other skincare ingredient. Retinol is gentler than Rx retinoids like Retin-A (Tretinoin) and Differin (Adapalene) and is generally well tolerated by most.
Why They’re a Perfect Match
This intergenerational couple complement each other beautifully when treating the appearance of fine lines. While Retinol helps speed up skin cell turnover, Peptides increase Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and other key components of the skin. Both work through different mechanisms of action, which is what makes it such a mighty combination. You can either use these together in your nightly routine, or use Peptides in the morning and Retinol in the evening.