Peptides are the latest buzzword in anti-aging skincare. Peptides are chains of amino acids and fragments of proteins. Proteins are the fundamental building blocks of skin: they help the skin to remain intact. Adding peptides to your skincare regimen can revitalize those building blocks and help to improve the skin’s firmness, appearance of wrinkles, and texture changes on a cellular level.
There are four types of peptides used in cosmetics: signal peptides, carrier peptides, neurotransmitter inhibitor peptides, and enzyme inhibitor peptides.
Signal peptides can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to make the skin look firmer and fuller. These peptides are short strings of amino acids that are formed when collagen bre...
Vitamins A, C and E can put you ahead of the curve in the skin game. Why? Vitamin A - retinoids - reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth the skin. Apply at night and lay off if irritations occur. Vitamin C helps fight free radicals that trigger wrinkling and sagging, smoothes and firms skin and fades brown spots. Apply in the morning as Vitamin C has inherent sun protection. Vitamin E helps retain skin moisture, promotes healing and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Look for a serum or face oil as a boost to the daily skincare routine.
Let us introduce you to another skincare superhero: Hyaluronic Acid (HA).
Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating substance naturally occurring in the skin that keeps it plump and youthful. It aids in collagen synthesis, retains skin moisture and is a key piece in cell generation. Sounds great, right? Except that 80% of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin is lost between the ages of 40 – 80.
So, let’s do something about it and give our skin what it needs. Hyaluronic Acid is considered a miracle moisturizer as it can hold 1000 times its weight in water and addresses both intrinsic aging as well as extrinsic aging from sun damage, pollution and other stressors. As a humectant, it draws water out of the environment and locks it into the s...
It is the single best thing you can do for your skin. Look for broad spectrum UV protection to protect from UVB 'burning rays' and UVA 'aging rays'. Chemical filters penetrate your skin where they absorb sun rays, so allow for approximately 20 minutes before sun exposure. Physical sun screen sits on the skin and reflects the rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the ingredients to look for. No worries, these days physical sunscreens go on fabulously sheer. Remember, UVA rays penetrate glass, so whether you are inside or outside, rain or shine, SPF is the way to go.