Every day, it feels like there’s a trendy new skin care ingredient that’s said to be a game changer for your skin. Some ingredients are more hype than action, but others are really worth it — and peptides are an ingredient you won’t want to miss out of your skin care routine.
What is a peptide?
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. These proteins are the foundations of your skin and are responsible for its texture, strength and resilience. Without peptides, our skin is less intact which can lead to a loss of elasticity, firmness, the appearance of wrinkles and a change in texture.
What do peptides do?
Peptides are amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin. Peptides can penetrate the outer layer of the skin, so instead of sitting on top of the skin, they penetrate more deeply. Collagen is made of three polypeptides, so adding peptides can stimulate your skin to produce collagen. More collagen can lead to firmer, younger-looking skin.
Your body makes collagen naturally. But over time, collagen production decreases, which can cause skin to look more wrinkled, less even and bright.
What are the benefits of peptides?
Improved skin barrier
Your skin barrier is the body’s line of defence against bacteria, UV rays, pollution, and other toxins. The skin barrier can be damaged from over-exfoliation, sun exposure, pollution, or even poor sleep. Peptides help build up a stronger barrier to improve skin health.
Peptides stimulate collagen production which help plump the skin. When skin is firmer and plumper, wrinkles and fine lines will be less visible.
Firmer, tighter looking skin
In addition to collagen, peptides make up elastin fibres, also a type of protein. These fibres make skin look firmer and improve skin elasticity.
Peptides can help ease inflammation, repair damaged skin, and improve skin pigmentation.
Can help clear breakouts
Another benefit of peptides is that some peptides are antimicrobial, meaning they can kill bacteria that cause acne.
What is a peptide complex?
A peptide complex is when peptides are combined with other ingredients to form a peptide complex. The beneficial effects to the skin, that when applied topically, are shown to penetrate the skin barrier and produce collagen whilst treating other skin concerns such as skin dehydration.
What products contain peptides?
At SKINICIAN, we have packed our products full of multitasking ingredients, so that one product can do the job it might take three or four other competitor products.
Meet our Firming Serum, also known as our miracle serum! This intensive, high performance peptide serum is formulated to fight against skin sagging and dramatically firm, tighten and lift skin.
This product contains key actives, such as:
Acetyl Dipeptide-1- A peptide which stimulates the production of Elastin and Fibrillin proven to firm & lift skin within 2-3 weeks
Vegetable Collagen - Intensely hydrates, improves skin smoothness and condition
Advanced Lifting complex™ - Targets skin ageing by dramatically improving skin tone and firming skin for visible results in 15 minutes
- Increases skin firmness by 19.7%
- Increases skin Elasticity by 24%
- Increases skin tightening by 43.7%
Peptide Eye Complex
A multi-tasking peptide eye cream with the addition of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Spherical technology that plumps and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. The Peptide Eye Cream is a powerful, lightweight eye cream which instantly fills fine lines and works longer term on skin health.
Some of the amazing key actives in this product include:
Dermapep™ - A peptide that mimics retinoic acid to stimulate collagen and elastin production and decrease wrinkle depth. Proven to reduce the number of wrinkles by 30% and their depth by 35%
Hyaluronic Spherical Technology - Swells to 30x its original size to increase skin hydration and immediately fill wrinkles with continued improvement for up to 6 hours. Proven to smooth skin by 77%.
Encapsulated Vitamin C - Increases collagen production and luminosity and provides anti-oxidant protection. Brightens the eye area and fades pigmentation.
Broad Spectrum UV Filters - Protect against harmful UV rays
Overnight Retinol Powerbalm
Imagine adding Retinol and Peptides together, can you imagine the results you would see? Look no further! Meet our Ageless Overnight Retinol Powerbalms.
While Retinol helps promote healthy skin cell renewal, the formula is also infused with Dermapep™ (a potent peptide), Tripeptide-1 and Tetrapeptide-3, which work in conjunction with the retinol to stimulate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, refine skin texture and promoting a healthy glow.
And not only does this product produce amazing results, we also have a Level 2 Powerbalm. This serum is best for those who have used retinol in the past or have finished one bottle of our Level 1 Powerbalm. This supercharged overnight treatment stars pure 0.5% retinol and peptide technology – making it our most potent and concentrated overnight retinol product yet.
Our retinol is clinically proven to:
- Reduce UV damage in 86% of women aged 40-65 in just 4 weeks
- Increase collagen and elastin production
- Increase skin firmness
- Reduce the appearance of frown lines, crow's feet, and eye wrinkles
- Reduce skin roughness by 53% in 24 weeks
- Actively reduce pigmentation in women aged 40-65 following daily application for 8 weeks