What are Peptides Anyway? Are They Essential to a Skin Care Regimen?

January 11, 2017

Peptides are tiny protein fragments. They are amino acids that improve cell to cell communication. Think of them as movie directors, capable of telling the skin to improve its vital functions. These include metabolism, immune response, digestion, melanocyte production, respiration, sensitivity to pain, reproduction, behavior and electrolyte levels. In fact, without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact and the result is loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did.

White Caviar 30 ml $99

Five peptides in White Caviar are biomimetic, that is molecularly identical to human placenta. These peptides have the remarkable ability to promote, support, and prompt the skin to function as it did in its youth. These improvements are visually noticeable as regeneration is increased, strength is regained, hyaluronan synthesis is promoted, and collagen produced. Two of the peptides are neuropeptides, capable of reducing the tension in the complexion that leads to wrinkles. No, it doesn’t replace Botox™ but it does assist its function.

To further support the skin’s efforts to rejuvenate itself, two oligo peptides provide essential nutritional support bringing the skin back to its natural state of youthful balance. These oligo elements are nutrient-rich trace elements. Their essential function to this formula is to act as a catalyst to speed up, stimulate, and protect, while providing sensory stimulation to skin cells, resulting in firmer, smoother skin.

Some skin care companies would have you believe that peptides are the age defying miracle of the decade, that everything that’s gone before them is obsolete. This is most definitely not true!

The Fabulous Five Ingredients

The essential program to slow down and reverse the signs of aging consists of of retinol (My Daily Vitamin, Biopelle Retriderm, Retinol’s A et al), an AHA (Mirror Mirror, Cocktail Dress or My Favorite Stilettos), An antioxidant of which Vitamin C is king (Vitamin Luxe) or ubiquinone (Coming Soon), Peptides (Believe It and White Caviar) and Vitamin B3, Niacinamide (Stagelights and Paula’s Choice, Niacinamide Serum). Other top ingredients include hyaluronic acid, melanocyte (brown spots) lighteners, lipids and other accessory ingredients of which there are endless. These can round out the primary program to assist the important Fabulous Five or be activated to be better than they are by the same important five ingredients.

A client said to me today, “There are so many products out there it impossible to choose which ones are best.” I replied that there are a lot of products but only a few major ingredients that pull the weight for all of them: Retinol, AHA’s, Anti-oxidants, Peptides and Niacinamide.