INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: PEPTIDES
There are some skincare words you hear bandied about all the time, and "peptides" is one of them. These days, the vast array of lotions and potions and ingredients out there is so overwhelming that it's hard to figure out which are legit, which are just hype, and what they actually do. So where do peptides fall on the skincare spectrum?
Increasingly, they're considered major players in anti-aging, purported to do everything from firming, lifting, and hydrating to rivaling Botox at relaxing facial muscles and removing wrinkles. In fact, because of their regenerating abilities, peptides were first used in the pharmaceutical industry to enhance wound healing before they were recognized for their anti-aging benefits.
The truth is they're pretty effective at restoring and maintaining a more youthful look.
Now, for a little science lesson. The strength, firmness, structure, and smoothness of your complexion is determined mostly by collagen — another beauty buzzword — which comprises 75 percent of skin. It's the most abundant protein in the body, and one of the most important: Collagen is essentially the "scaffolding" that gives your face its form.
The older you get, and the more you're exposed to environmental stressors, the more collagen is lost and not fully replaced. So over time, skin gets thinner, saggier, crepey-er, and less firm, revealing more and more fine lines and wrinkles instead of that coveted plumpness that makes young skin "bounce back."
The Collagen Conundrum
People under 30 generate enough collagen to have smooth, tight skin. But after age 20, we start to lose it, producing about 1 percent fewer collagen peptides for skin each year and stopping collagen production altogether at around 40. To make things worse, the collagen we still have begins to break down. So the best way to target visible signs of aging — minus needle or knife — is to increase skin's collagen production.
Here's where peptides come in: As collagen breaks down and skin stretches, applying a peptide triggers the body to manufacture new collagen, which leads to firmer, smoother, revitalized skin. So using the right peptide product(s) can play a major part in giving you a more youthful look.
Pick Your Peptides
There are hundreds of kinds of peptides, all made from different combinations of amino acids and providing a variety of benefits. Whatever your skin concerns, it's likely there are peptides to address them, including plumping, lifting, brightening, de-puffing, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and improving clarity, radiance, and elasticity. There isn't one peptide that does everything, so combining several in one product targets multiple issues. For best results, use serums and moisturizers that contain "cocktails" of anti-aging ingredients — antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, retinol, and others.
Robin McGraw Revelation Luxury Skincare offers a number of peptide-powered products that provide serious anti-aging benefits. One is Live Life LIFTED Neck & Décolleté Cream, which pairs peptides with hyaluronic acid to moisturize, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and even out tone on the delicate skin of the neck and chest. Another is Dot Your Eyes Power Peptide Eye Cream, which blends peptides with botanical extracts and other active ingredients to brighten, boost collagen, and help diminish signs of fatigue around the eyes.
Another peptide plus: Just about anyone can benefit from using peptides — either to rejuvenate skin or to help prevent future problems — with no irritating side effects. It's more beneficial to invest in peptide serums and creams that remain on the face, as opposed to peptide-powered cleansers whose benefits wash right down the drain.
Be sure to keep your peptide products — and all your cosmetics, for that matter — tightly closed and away from light and extreme temperatures. Be patient with your peptides and don't give up on them too soon! It takes time to see results — usually one to three months. Consistent use of this efficient anti-ager leads to a firmer, tighter, smoother complexion. But if you stop using peptides, their benefits to your skin stop as well.
So, if you want to revitalize your skin and help bring back that youthful "bounce", embrace the power of peptides in your daily routine. It's a win-win!