As scientists discover more about our skin, products such as cosmeceuticals continue to become increasingly sophisticated. As a result, these skin care treatments and products, while designed to be highly effective, also include ingredients that not everyone will be familiar with.
Peptides are the subject of much hype in the skincare world, but are you aware of the potential benefits for your skin? We’re looking into the hype behind this beauty buzzword and the role it can play in anti-ageing.
What are peptides?
On the simplest level, peptides are short strings of amino acids, a type of mini-protein that can play an active role in the regulation and appearance of your skin.
Some of these peptides act as messengers, signalling our cells to produce extra collagen and elastin. As both of these play an essential role in supporting the suppleness and youthfulness of skin, you might have guessed why peptides first caught the attention of cosmeceuticals producers.
Peptides and anti-ageing innovation
Collagen, the protein that makes up 75 per cent of our skin exists in abundance when we are younger, but it generally decreases with age.
This means our skin’s collagen fibres become thinner, uneven and stiff, a process that results in a more lacklustre appearance. As it isn’t replaced naturally, people turn to collagen-promoting products to help combat the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as a loss of firmness.
Meanwhile, elastin is the protein responsible for the skin’s elasticity and the ability to spring back into shape after stretching or contracting.
Fortunately, the peptides found in the fragments of elastin protein have been shown to promote skin renewal and repair. When applied to our skin, the peptides cause trigger a reaction as if elastin has broken down, tricking the skin into stimulating the repair process.
Meet our exclusive Ultra peptide
While they are naturally occurring in the body, the peptides you see in skincare or cosmeceuticals products will be formulated by scientists, especially for your skin. At Ultraceuticals, we are proud to offer our exclusive peptide Microelastin® to clients as part of our Ultra C Firming Range.
This elastin peptide has been engineered with an attached lipid to allow for optimum absorption, and your trained therapist may prescribe Microelastin® to help rejuvenate your skin’s firmness and suppleness.
What other ingredients can help in the battle against ageing?
In addition, the Ultra C Firming Range also includes MicroCollagen. Another highly effective messenger peptide, it helps to stimulate cell renewal and proliferation. MicroCollagen works by mimicking the action of a fragment of broken collagen, signalling the skin to produce more collagen as well as elastin
As the name suggests, our Ultra C range also relies on pure vitamin C as a powerful active ingredient. Also known as ascorbic acid, our bodies cannot store vitamin C, but we can replenish our levels either through food or topical application of skin care products.
Some studies suggest that pure vitamin C can kick-start the production of collagen as well as help to improve the appearance of visible photoageing, making it a ‘Holy Grail’ beauty ingredient. In addition, it also possesses antioxidant properties that can help to protect against the formation of dangerous free radicals that can impact our DNA.
Free radicals are the root cause of oxidative stress, which spurs on the effects of skin ageing. Our Ultra C10 + Firming Serum contains Microelastin® and 10 per cent pure vitamin C to revive the skin’s appearance, helping to protect it from further damage.
If you believe your skin could benefit from a peptide solution, be sure to book a professional skin consultation with one of our qualified skin technicians. Click here to locate your closest Ultraceuticals clinic, or contact us to find out more.