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Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins that the skin needs to look and function its best (ex. collagen, keratin, and elastin). Lab engineered peptides are used in skincare to send signals to the cells to create more collagen, and elastin. The consistent use of skincare products containing peptides can lead to more plump and firm skin.

There are many types of peptides and peptide compounds that work differently. So depending on your skincare concern, there is a peptide or combination of peptides that target specific conditions including:

Oligopeptides (including Dermaxyl): induce and stimulate new collagen growth.

Hexapeptides (including Argireline): inhibit the movement of facial muscles acting in a similar way to Botox and improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and improving skin texture and tone. 

Palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (including Matrixyl 3000):  promote the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid and help protect against UV damage as well as fight inflammation.

Copper Peptides: enhance regeneration and healing as well as increase skin elasticity and firmness.

Below are a few of my favorite peptide skincare products:

MBR Crosslift Serum Ultrapeptide: This multi-acting, intensive, state-of-the-art serum gives both immediate and sustainable results. The highly concentrated formulation increases the epidermal cell metabolism as well as the dermal tissue functions,  which promote the synthesis of collagen for a lifted firmer appearance of the skin.

Environ Vita-Peptide C-quence Serums: This 2 step product series contains a combination of vitamin A, C and E  as well as Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 + Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Matrixyl® 3000). This peptide compound is a synthetic combination of five natural amino acids, which when compared to Retinol, acts just as effectively but has the advantage of not inducing skin irritations or reactions that help to support and maintain a radiantly youthful appearance. 

Environ Tri-Peptide Avance Moisturizer: Avance Moisturiser is a luxurious cream containing a trilogy of peptide complexes that assists in maintaining the appearance of the skin’s youthfulness by giving it an age-defying boost.