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Can I Mix Retinoids and Peptides in Skincare?

If you haven’t heard, YTTP’s new Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum is an excellent peptide-packed treatment because it’s ultra-hydrating, soothing, and offers free radical protection in the form of superfood antioxidants. 

By Kaleigh Fasanella

By now, it’s safe to say you probably know that peptides and retinoids are both all-star skincare ingredients. What you might not know, however, is if they’re safe to use together. It’s a totally fair question, too, considering the fact that not all ingredients mesh well when used at the same time. Take chemical exfoliants and retinoids—they’re almost always a no-go because they both encourage skin surface turnover, which can be way too much for most skin types to handle. 

Luckily, peptides function completely differently than retinoids do, so they’re fair game to mix.

“Though retinoids and peptides both encourage skin to look and feel healthy, they work in very different ways,” says Youth To The People’s Director of Field Sales + Education, Jacob Tomas dél Rosario. “Peptides, protein chains found within skin's collagen, can lead to firmer-looking skin, while retinoids help to promotes natural ability to shed dead skin cells resulting in a healthy, even glow." 

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When it comes to incorporating peptides and retinoids into your skincare routine, you’ve got options: use them both at night, or just your retinoid in the evening while your skin is already in repair mode, then apply your peptides in the A.M. for a replenishing boost. (It’s worth noting that most people prefer to use retinoids at night in order to prevent potential photodamage from the sun during the day.) [Editor’s note: And it’s also worth noting: wear sunscreen!]

Now if you haven’t heard, YTTP’s new Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum is an excellent peptide-packed treatment to use in morning and night because it’s ultra-hydrating, soothing, and offers free radical protection in the form of superfood antioxidants. 

“The bio-peptides in the Oasis Serum concentrate on encouraging your skin to build that strong structure, essentially creating an interior ‘lift’ from the inside out,” explains del Rosario. “Additionally, it contains ceramides, which make up around 60 percent of your protective lipid barrier, and allows your retinoids to work even better.” 

As if that wasn’t enough, hydration from the Oasis Serum can help reduce the potential for chances of irritation when skin is dry.

The verdict? Peptides and retinoids are not only safe to use together, but might just be the ultimate dynamic duo for youthful skin. Try adding ‘em to your skincare routine to see the results for yourself. 

Grab the new Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum and Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum on the site.

Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People




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