What are peptides and what can they do for your skin?

It can get really overwhelming when shopping for skincare products, it feels like new ‘must have’ ingredients are popping up everyday. But peptides continue to increase in popularity as the current anti-ageing superhero.
Peptides are essentially short chains of amino acids that make up larger proteins, which in turn become the building blocks of different structural components of our skin.

Peptides do so many wonderful things, like:

  • work to increase collagen and elastin production
  • modulate neurotransmitter release so they can improve wrinkles caused by collagen loss and muscle movement
  • stimulate repair of damaged skin cells
  • inhibit processes in the skin that causes the skin to age

So what does this mean for skincare?

All skin types can benefit from peptides in their skincare regime, peptides are a versatile ingredient with a wide safety profile making them essential for healthy skin function. The other thing that is worth noting with peptides is that they don’t cause skin irritation like topical Vitamin A treatments sometimes can, so great for those with sensitive skin or sensitivities to Vitamin A.
If your number 1 skin concern is ageing, then peptides are for you. Peptides are beneficial for anyone who is interested in repairing cellular damage and slowing down skin ageing through collagen and elastin stimulation.
You wont see results right away because like any collagen or elastin stimulating treatment it takes about 12 weeks to kick in. But considering we start losing collagen in our 20’s and by your 40’s you’re losing about 1% of your total collagen per year its definitely worth the wait.

What products contain peptides?

Universkin Serum P is a multi-purpose soothing serum, which can be used as a stand alone peptide serum, or can be blended with a combination of active ingredients. Serum P has the following ingredients:

  • Organic Camelina oil, optimised to allow the skin* to produce natural anti-inflammatory compounds, the Omega-3
  • Biomimetic peptides complex P developed by Universkin™ containing a unique combination of 4 peptides, that are biological messengers for the physiological balance of the skin*
  • Hyaluronic acid optimised to maintain the proper functioning of the Extra Cellular Matrix
 
ASAP Firming Eye Lift has multiple peptides that work to lift and firm the eye area, and enhance elastin and collagen production while protecting from collagen degradation. Firming Eye Lift is the first Australian product to include an innovative ingredient that improves skin density, fights against stress induced collagen loss and protects from pollution. This anti-ageing formulation targets dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Regular use will result in smoother, brighter, more hydrated skin around they eyes.
Osmosis Stem Factor
Containing 600 + growth factors to repair and restore aged skin. Advanced technology using exosomes that encapsulate the growth factors and proteins increasing penetration, stability and activating more receptors to enhance results. Over 600 different skin growth factors derived from adult stem cells create this incredible serum that improves all aspects of skin ageing and skin damage. It gently restores the repair process and stimulates new cells to build collagen and elastin and heal hyperpigmenation and reverse ageing.
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Felicity West RN,. Cosmetic Nurse.