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What are Peptides and how do they work?

What are Peptides and how do they work?

02 Jul 20

The talk of peptides has been around for some time now and it's a 'must-have' ingredient out there. However, although we have skincare with peptides in there, you probably ask yourself "What are these peptides and do I need them in my skincare?" and the simple answer is YES! But, why?

Let me first take you through what peptides are and how do they work. I will also share with you the products in the Dermalogica range that do contain these amazing ingredients.

What are Peptides?

Peptides put simply are proteins that are found in every human cell and they play a vital role in how our body functions. They are referred to as 'messengers' and they communicate with cells what to do and what not to do. They are essential for life!

Peptides are essential for our skin because they support collagen, elastin and keratin in our body. These peptides keep our skin strong, resilient and are responsible for the texture of our skin too.

Without peptides in our skin, we see changes to the firmness and we start to see the appearance of wrinkles, a change in the way our skin feels and with less 'bounce'.

How do Peptides work?

Peptides are chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do. They are an essential ingredient in targeting the skin concerns we have, especially ageing and uneven skin tone or pigmentation.

When applied topically to the skin, peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging the skin to look and act younger. They also have an amazing ability to turn off the function of a cell. For example, peptides can tell cells not to make melanin which shows itself as pigmentation on our skin.

These peptides should be part of your everyday routine because daily, we must tell our cells to functions as healthy young cells. Products that contain these peptides and along with vitamins, antioxidants (to name a few) is the best thing you can be doing for your skin.  

We must always remember too that our best anti ageing product is SPF and protecting ourselves daily from the UVA rays which break down our collagen and elastin is crucial. So, alongside our application of skincare with these amazing peptides, should also be our SPF protection in the morning.

Dermalogica and Peptides

Dermalogica uses a range of peptides throughout the AGE Smart and the Powerbright TRx ranges and below are our go-to products to target the concerns of ageing and pigmentation..

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One of the peptides in this serum is Glutathione, modeled after the antioxidant peptide that is naturally found in our bodies. Naturally-occurring Glutathione helps us combat and neutralize free radicals, which form as a result of external stressors like UV and pollution. However, this natural ability declines as we age.

Biomimetic Glutathione helps firm skin and reinforce skin defenses against our exposome. The Phyto-Nature Firming Serum, has been clinically proven to reawaken the nature of younger-looking skin.

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This serum contains a peptide called Oligopeptide-34 which decreases the formation of pigment in our skin and decreases the enzyme that is involved in the formation of pigmentation.

The serum is a lightweight, highly-active topical treatment to help combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. This advanced formula absorbs quickly while helping to increase your skin's luminosity.

As all skins are different, results will vary from person to person. To ensure you are using the right products on your skin, please let us know. We offer complimentary Online Skin Consultations via email, phone or Zoom and we look forward to helping you get your healthiest skin ever.

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