Our estheticians at the spa are frequently asked about hot skin care ingredients, and these days not a week goes by without someone bringing up peptides.
Peptides are short strings of amino acid proteins. In a nutshell, when collagen in our skin breaks down it produces specific peptides that signal our body to make more collagen. This process most commonly takes place when skin is wounded. Until recently, intense exfoliation was considered by most skin care experts to be the premiere anti-aging strategy: medical grade chemical peels, where skin is left red and raw and can’t be exposed to sunlight for days or even weeks, are effective because they “trick” skin into making new collagen.
The basic idea behind using peptide ingredients in skin care is to trigger that same collagen-producing reaction in a way that doesn’t require harming the skin. Because they don’t require downtime, peptide products are incredibly attractive to consumers. However, the technology is still relatively new and results are neither as dramatic nor as quickly attained with peptides as they are through intense chemical exfoliation.
Current research shows that an effective way to keep collagen production up and skin looking young and supple is through following a regimen of:
- Gentle cleansing (so as not to damage skin’s barrier function- also connected to collagen production),
- Keeping skin moistured and protected with serums and creams that contain antioxidants, minerals, and, yes, peptides (like our White Truffle Face Cream),
- Regular exfoliating treatments with no-downtime-required, low-level professional-grade Alpha Hydroxy Acid peels (for example, our Power Peel Facial, which uses Lactic Acid- the AHA that is both most hydrating and most effective at fading age spots), and
- Plenty of sun protection
xoxo, until our next lesson!