As we continue to search for the Fountain of Youth, new advancements in skin care have provided us with highly-powerful products that can help reverse the signs of skin aging. Right now, the buzz word in skin care is “peptides”. Products that contain peptides have been gaining popularity due to their performance, and their ability to be used by all skin types.

But what exactly are peptides, and how can they help us look younger? Let’s find out..

Aging Skin, and the Importance of Collagen

Our skin is made mostly of collagen. Young people have smooth, firm skin because their bodies produce ample amounts of collagen. As we get older, collagen production decreases, and collagen begins to break down due to aging and accumulated sun exposure. This results in skin that is thinner, less elastic, and more wrinkled.

What are Peptides, and How do they Work?

When collagen breaks down, it naturally forms peptides – short chains of amino acids. These tiny proteins act as messengers that tell the skin it has been damaged, and that it needs to make new collagen. Thus, peptides stimulate the skin’s repair mechanism, resulting in the production of new skin tissue.

Peptides Skin Care products in North Vancouver

What are the Anti-Aging Benefits of Peptides in Skin Care?

Although peptides are naturally found in the body, several synthetic peptides have been formulated that mimic their function. When included in skin care products, these peptides “trick” the skin into thinking it has lost collagen recently and needs to make more. When collagen production increases we see improvement in wrinkles, elasticity, skin tone and texture.

There are many different types of peptides that have various anti-aging effects on the skin. Benefits to the skin (and their associated peptides) include:

    • increased collagen and elastin production (i.e. palmitoyl pentapeptide-4)
    • decreased wrinkle depth (i.e. Matrixyl 3000)
    • increased production of hyaluronic acid (i.e. palmitoyl oligopeptide)
    • relaxing of facial muscles/smoothing of wrinkles (mild Botox-like effect) (i.e. Argiriline, Snap-8)
    • reduced inflammation (i.e. palmitoyl tetrapeptide)
    • improved circulation and decreased puffiness under the eyes (i.e. Eyeliss)

How can I Incorporate Peptides into my Skin Care Routine?

Peptides can enhance any skin care routine, and help maintain results from cosmetic treatments. Peptides are typically found in serums, lotions, and moisturizers, and may be applied twice per day. Consistent use is required, and results from peptides will be visible after 8-12 weeks. Of course, daily use of a broad-spectrum sunblock is always recommended to prevent further collagen breakdown.

The following peptide-containing products are available at Physician Skincare Centre and Pender Medi Spa:

Vivierskin C E Peptides Serum
($149.50) – restores aging or damaged skin by combining peptides with pharmaceutical-grade vitamin C and vitamin E. A top seller!

Jan Marini Age Intervention Peptide Extreme ($94.40) – a serum packed with peptides and antioxidants that provides firmer, smoother, and fuller skin.

Vivierskin Platine Peptide CR Eye Cream ($112.50) – the ultimate eye cream combining peptides, retinol, and vitamin C to increase firmness, elasticity, and improve wrinkles around the eye.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($260) – all-in-one serum combining peptides, antioxidants, growth factors, and skin brighteners to improve wrinkles, skin tone, and skin texture. No need for additional treatment products!