Can you really get the benefits of Botox without the needles? Can dark spots really fade away without adverse side effects? The answer is yes, and the reason is peptides.
Peptides have stood out as the ultimate anti-wrinkle solution for over a decade. Advances in skincare technology mean the latest generation of peptides can minimize dark spots and even relax facial muscles to reduce wrinkle depth (yes, the same way Botox works on skin).
What are Peptides?
Before we get to peptides, it’s important to understand amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, such as collagen, and are crucial to the biological processes. They do things like give cells their structure, heal wounds, and provide essential nutrients to our all elements of our body. They even provide nutrients to skin to help keep it firm and youthful.
When two or more amino acids join together via a peptide bond, they are called peptides. Think of beads strung together on a necklace, with beads being amino acids, and peptides being the string that links them together. Peptides can be short chains of amino acids, or long chains of amino acids that create proteins. Skincare experts are most interested in short chain peptides, as they can penetrate the layers of our skin and tell our cells how to function.
What Can Peptides Do for Skin?
A better question would be, what can’t peptides do? Signal peptides have the power to tell our cells to do something, such as produce more collagen. The latest generation of peptides, called inhibitory peptides, can inhibit enzyme activity to help control frustrating skin concerns like dark spots and uneven tone brought on by an overproduction of melanin. There are even neuropeptides that mimic Botox by controlling facial muscle contractions, ultimately minimizing the depth of wrinkles.
How to Identify Peptides in Skincare
Peptides are simple to identify in skincare ingredient labels because their scientific name often includes the word “peptide.” Oftentimes, peptides are given a proprietary name, such as Lumixyl, but the true scientific name will always be on the ingredient panel.
Can My Dermatologist Prescribe Peptide-Rich Products?
Yes! Dermatologists know the best products to prescribe for your specific skincare concerns, from wrinkles to dark spots. Your dermatologist may recommend a glycolic-based exfoliant prep, like Glycopeel 10 by Envy Medical with 10% glycolic acid, to rid skin of dulling skin cells, and enhance the penetration of peptide-rich products. Products like Glycopeel 10 rid skin of dulling, dead skin cells, and speed the brightening, smoothing, and rejuvenating process.
Researched and developed by Stanford University, Lumixyl peptide is clinically-proven to reduce hyperpigmentation in the form of sun spots, age spots, hormonally induced hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) without compromising skin health. As the cornerstone of Envy Medical’s skin brightening strategy, you’ll find it in several products including Lumixyl Brightening Cream, Lumixyl Brightening Pads, Trifecting Night Cream, Glycopeel 10, and Revitaleyes. Not sure where to start? Your medical professional or practitioner will know which products to prescribe.
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