It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly three decades since the world went crazy for Jennifer Aniston’s Friends’ character namesake hairstyle, “The Rachel Haircut.” But, it’s true. The award-winning actress debuted the hairstyle on the April 1995 episode of Friends. While the cut has certainly had an update since the show aired, one thing has stayed true to form: Jennifer Aniston’s flawless age-resistant hair and skin.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, the Morning Show actress and producer gave us a glimpse into her anti-aging efforts — including that fact that she will try anything once. She even admitted to getting a "salmon sperm" facial, which, as gross as it may sound, has been a skincare staple in Korea for years. (In case you're wondering, she said she “couldn’t tell if it worked.”) What she did say worked to keep her skin looking supple were weekly peptide injections. She even went so far as to say, “I do think that’s the future.”
With a statement like that, we went right to our skincare experts to get the full rundown on these injections, and how we can reap similar benefits from beauty products.
What are peptides?
Before we dive into peptide injections, let’s first discuss what peptides even are. Dr. Amy Traub, Board board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Medicine, tells Yahoo Life, “Peptides are molecules composed of short chains of amino acids (anywhere from 4-50) that are often smaller fragments of proteins. Different types of peptides serve a myriad of different roles within the body.”
I know that seems like a mouthful of doctor jargon, but peptides are much more common than you think. In fact, you likely know someone who gets peptide injections daily if they use insulin for diabetes; insulin is a polypeptide hormone. Over the past decade, advancements in peptide research have led to new treatments for a large number of medical conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer therapy. Bottom line: Peptides are not new by any stretch and are not expressly for skin care.
Peptide agents used for skincare are administered directly to the face to provide anti-aging benefits, accelerate and promote cell turnover and act as anti-inflammatory agents. Ultimately, weekly peptide injections to the face are designed to ward off fine lines and wrinkles and improve the skin's overall texture. Sounds great, right? Well, there’s a catch: “While peptide injections might be gaining in popularity amongst Hollywood, most peptide injections are not approved by the FDA,” says Dr. Taub.”
Finding a dermatologist who will administer peptide injections may prove to be quite the issue, “I don’t inject anything that is not FDA-approved,” insists Dr. Taub.
So, while Jennifer Aniston may be spot on about peptide injections being the future (potentially for a large number of conditions), the shots still need to be approved for mainstream anti-aging injections for the masses. Hopefully, that will happen in the near future, “The medical community has invested time and resources in exploring innovative ways to utilize peptides, and many promising advances are on the horizon,” explains Dr. Taub.”
That said, all hope is not lost for reaping some of the same benefits the peptide injections give the ageless star. Plenty of skincare serums and moisturizers are packed with peptides. “Peptides have been used in skincare creams and serums for years, explains Dr. Taub, “examples of peptides known for topical use include argeriline, tripeptide-1 and tetrapeptide-21.” Here are a few cult favorites packed with peptides, that don’t require a weekly trip to the dermatologist for an injection. And we aren't just talking about topical products, Jennifer Aniston recently announced her partnership with Vital Protiens, where she is getting her peptide and collagen fix through healthy, hydrating drinks and shakes as well!
When it comes to your daily skincare routine, peptide-rich serums will offer a collagen-regenerating boost.
Peptide-rich eye creams
If crow's feet and fine lines are on your radar, a peptide-rich eye cream may be exactly what you need.
Peptide-rich face and neck moisturizer
A moisturizer rich in peptides should be a staple in everyone's daily skincare mix. And don't forget to show some love to your neck and décolleté.