The Power of Peptides in Skincare
Peptides are the biggest revolution in skin care right now and the most promising ingredient with proven results to rid you of wrinkles. Put simply, peptides are amino acids that signal to your skin to create more collagen. As collagen is responsible for regenerating skin cells, improving elasticity and regulating moisture in our skin, it’s easy to see its importance in slowing down ageing in skin and why we could all do with more collagen.
The Importance of Collagen in Anti-Ageing
Collagen makes up over 70% of the protein found in your skin. It keeps skin plumped and resilient, youthful and wrinkle-free and it is also vital to skin’s healing process.
While we're born with an abundance of collagen in our skin, the body's production of collagen slows in our mid-to-late 20's and continues to decrease dramatically after age 30. From there, the collagen levels in our skin begin to drop by 1-2% each year. It then becomes crucial to supplement our collagen intake to replenish the body’s natural supply and ultimately slow down the ageing process.
What Do Peptides Do In Skincare Products
Different types of peptides have different effects, from smoothing wrinkles or repairing barrier function to increasing firmness and hydration. Applied topically, peptides slow down skin ageing, studies say. On the face there is a visible reduction of fine lines and skin firmness is higher. The overall result is that skin looks plumper, thus making wrinkles and sags less apparent.
Peptides & Snowberry's World-First Delivery Systems
Although there are many skincare products which include peptides, not all peptides penetrate the skin. Our skin is designed in a way that ingredients hardly pass upper layers of the skin. Consequently, it is hard for peptides to reach deeper layers of the skin and get to the target area, the dermis, which is composed of collagen, elastic tissue, and other extracellular components that includes vasculature, nerve endings, hair follicles, and glands.
For peptides to reach the dermis they need to be packed in a delivery system. This is what makes Snowberry’s Serums unique! Snowberry’s world-first delivery systems called CuPEP™ and eProlex™ carry the skin-remodeling copper peptides into the dermis - the only place where they can boost collagen production, remodel, plump and smooth the skin.The serums are proven by independent, gold standard clinical trials. Why is that so special? It's the highest standard used by dermatologists.
New Radiance Face Serum with CuPEP™ Copper Tripeptide complex, hyaluronic acid and New Zealand Kanuka honey extract, hydrates and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to enhance skin’s radiance. Designed to rejuvenate and help skin’s natural collagen production. Gold standard clinical trials show this serum is superior to Retinol products.
Snowberry’s premium Anti-Ageing Treatment - Intensive Renewal Face Serum. A multi-functional super serum, with proprietary conditioning eProlex™ peptide complex, hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin B, C and E, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Proven by gold standard clinical trial.
Snowberry's Potent Peptides:
- Copper Tripeptide-1
The element copper is mixed in with three amino acids, making them a "tripeptide". Copper peptides occur naturally in the body in your urine, plasma and
saliva, and studies have shown it plays a role in collagen and elastin creation.
This peptide is found in both New Radiance Face Serum and Intensive Renewal Face Serum.
- Acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argireline)
Derived from a plant-compound, Argireline, or ‘nature’s botox’ as it is often called, is a peptide which is a fragment of SNAP-25, a substrate of Botulinum
toxin (that’s right, Botox).
Argireline helps to relax the muscles and works by safely intercepting messages from the brain and preventing muscle contractions. With weakened facial contractions, muscles are more relaxed and fewer wrinkles are formed. The effects are similar to botox but it's safer, less invasive and skin is even smoother. Results have shown a reduction in wrinkle depth by 17% in 15 days with smoother looking skin. Impressive, right?
You can find Argireline in our Intensive Renewal Face Serum and in the Smoothing Eye Serum (read our blog post about the eye-opening science behind the enhanced formulation of Snowberry’s Smoothing Eye Serum).
Oligopeptides are short peptides and one of many peptides which have recently been discovered to have a positive effect on skin health. The chains of amino
acids in this peptide communicate with the skin’s collagen and boost its production, which is a major factor in achieving smooth, wrinkle-free skin. As a skin conditioning agent, Oligopeptide-1 has been shown to increase the rate of healing and renewal of the skin, as well as slow the thinning of ageing skin, thus minimising wrinkles.
This peptide is found in the Intensive Renewal Face Serum.
To conclude, peptides are your skin's new BFF and they are a safe and potent ingredient that benefits even the most sensitive skin conditions, including rosacea. The efficacy of peptides in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles is comparable with that of retinol, but with faster results and without the side effects (i.e. redness, stinging, peeling, itching, and sun sensitivity).
Applying peptides daily slows loss of collagen giving skin a more youthful, radiant appearance. And who wouldn't want that!