There’s buzz building in the skincare industry around a hot new ingredient: peptides. Perhaps you’ve seen magazine ads featuring peptide-powered products, or maybe you’ve heard your favorite talk show host or a friend raving about them. But what, exactly, are peptides, and how can they help your skin? Let’s look at the basics of how these natural nutrients can enhance your skincare routine and provide long-term benefits.
What are peptides?
Peptides are long or short chains of amino acids, which – as you may know already – are the building blocks of protein (collagen) within the skin. Peptides function as moisture-binding agents and assist in skin repair. One approach to repairing winkles and keeping your skin looking young is to replace lost or diminished collagen content. When collagen deteriorates, you can use peptides as a “signal” to tell your skin it was damaged and needs to create new collagen. Since peptides are small, they’re able to penetrate the skin’s top protective barriers and work to get into deeper layers of the skin.
At MyChelle, we are obsessed with creating anti-aging products that are natural, yet powerful. We’ve created several products with peptide blends tailored to improve cell function, increase firmness and decrease the look of wrinkles. Here is a look at some of our most active peptides and the products you can find them in.
The powerhouse peptide
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl® synthe’6™) – This ingredient reduces wrinkle volume and depth by in roughly eight short weeks by smoothing wrinkles from the inside and rebuilding collagen and elastin where it’s needed, particularly on the forehead and crow’s feet.*
The new MyChelle Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum is an improved formula (based on our fan-favorite NoTox™ Anti-Wrinkle Serum) containing a potent blend of peptides including Matrixyl® synthe’6™, argan plant stem cells, lipids and crocus chrysanthus to boost collagen formation and reduce the signs of visible aging. This potent anti-aging serum will reduce the look of aging with a comprehensive, nourishing approach to firm, hydrate and smooth the skin. This is one topical product that you will feel and see a difference with.*(Warning: many compliments and oohs and ahhs will be given when using this product!)
The wrinkle-relaxing peptide
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline™) – This ingredient is a neuropeptide that is proven to reduce—up to 17 percent—the depth of the wrinkles caused by the contraction of the muscles of facial expression, especially around the eyes, forehead and mouth region. This 6-amino-acid chain works by inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters that relax facial muscle contractions without paralyzing facial muscles.*
You can find Argireline™ in G2 Instant Firming Serum, and within one hour, skin-smoothing peptides instantly lift and firm the skin while antioxidants refine skin texture and fight free radical damage.* This is an ideal product to use for instant tightening, firming and wrinkle reduction.
The reparative peptide
rh-Oligopeptide-1 (Epidermal Growth Factor) – This ingredient is a polypeptide responsible for growth and repair of epidermis (cellular tissue healing). It helps stimulate growth of fibroblast cells responsible for collagen production and encourages production of hyaluronic acid. It also stimulates various pathways that lead to tissue growth, strengthens tissue, assists in thickening over-processed skin, improves cellular matrix.*
In the MyChelle Deep Repair Cream, EGF Peptides increase cellular regeneration, while algae-derived Venuceane™ protects collagen and prevents moisture loss. Nourishing shea butter and cutting-edge skin nutrients restore moisture while improving skin’s texture and youthfulness. This is a must-have product for anyone with dry, sensitive or damaged skin.
The firming peptide
Pisum Sativum (Pea Peptide) Extract (Proteasyl TP®) – This ingredient is a botanical anti-enzyme complex to promote firmness and elasticity through the implementation of proteins and essential amino acids that promote the production of collagen. It exhibits both antioxidant and anti-wrinkle effects.*
The Supreme Polypeptide Cream is a nutrient-rich recontouring cream that lifts and retexturizes skin for a more refined, youthful appearance. Matrixyl® synthe’6™ reduces wrinkle volume and wrinkle depth, while Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide is clinically proven to improve skin’s elasticity, increasing overall firmness by 35 percent in just six weeks. You’ll even find rice peptides in this formula working to improve skin smoothness, while Syn®-Coll Peptides triggers the skin’s own reparative function to accelerate collagen production. This cream is loaded with a synergistic blend of peptides and is the ultimate antiaging cream that’s suitable for all skin types.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.