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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 products containing these peptides can lead to  plumper, firmer 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 products:

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.

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.

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.

Peptide Enriched Frown Serum is a unique combination of three wrinkle-fighting peptides. These peptides may help to prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as expression lines, especially in the forehead area.

Vita-Peptide Eye Gel contains essential vitamins, antioxidants and specially selected peptides for use on the delicate and sensitive eye area. It assists in hydrating the skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines, helps skin to look younger for longer. At the same time, it helps to improve sun damaged skin cells and enhances the skin's natural sun protectors, giving skin a radiant glow.

This 111Skin Black Diamond Eye Mask has been formulated to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration around the eye area.

This 111Skin Mask utilizes peptides that firm skin and remodels the face, neck and décolletage. Achieve lifted, smoother, and sculpted skin.

To develop this pioneering formulation, Biologique Recherche identified and selected EpigenActiv’©, a peptide that acts on Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) receptors, essential to regenerate tissues and recycle degraded proteins.

The advanced design ensures optimal performance of the active hydrogel formula, powered by a combination of a cutting-edge marine peptide, rejuvenating nutrients and antioxidants. This deeply restorative treatment hydrates and leaves your entire neck and décolleté feeling dramatically smoother, tighter, firmer, and more supple.

These innovative bio-cellulose masks are designed to treat the delicate eye contour area targeting dark circles, puffiness and crow’s feet. The uniquely designed shape ensures optimal delivery of an advanced formula infused with active peptides and plant extracts.

This hydrating mask is infused with a cutting-edge marine peptide and hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturize your skin. The bio-cellulose fabric fits your facial contours like a second skin to ensure optimal delivery of active ingredients. Your skin will feel hydrated, nourished, smooth and firm.