WebMD cited peptides as the “Top 4 Anti-Aging Breakthrough”. Peptides are also claimed as one of the most promising discoveries over the last few years.
Let's start with amino acids. Amino acids are the skin’s building blocks and they form into long and short chains. Generally, long chains are those with more than 50 amino acids. The long chains become proteins. The structural protein that makes up 75% of the skin is collagen, which is responsible for the skin's thickness and elasticity. More collagen means more youthful glow. Less collagen means sagging skin and wrinkles.
The shorter chains are called peptides. Since peptides are smaller and shorter, they can be applied topically and penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Peptides help with skin regeneration and rejuvenation by acting as collagen booster. They have Botox-like benefit without the undesirable side effects. Moreover, they also reduce skin pigmentation.
Types of Peptides and Their Benefits
These collagen-stimulating peptides are the most popular type. They stimulate skin fibroblasts to produce more collagen, elastin, and other dermal proteins. The more these structural proteins are boosted, the more supple the skin become.
These are the most innovative type of peptides that work similar to Botox minus the injection. They reduce wrinkles by approximately 30% by blocking transmission of signal from nerves to facial muscles. Then, they relax the facial muscles and keep it from forming wrinkles.
Carrier/ Penetrating/ Copper Peptides
Copper is an effective agent in skin's natural healing. It has been used for many years to treat chronic wounds. By delivering trace elements like magnesium and copper to the skin, Carrier Peptides help in skin regeneration by reducing inflammation and skin damage.
Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides
Due to aging, free radicals, and harmful UV ray exposure from the sun, collagen breaks down in the skin, which consequently leads to wrinkles. Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides reduce the breakdown of collagen by inhibiting the activity of protein-degrading enzymes. They also reduce skin pigmentation.
DERMAX Professional now offers a proprietary blend of advanced peptide serum in two variants: anti-wrinkle and whitening. Both variants come in novel airless injection design packaging, providing instant porcelain skin finish with long-term benefits. It is ideal to use for those picture-taking opportunities.
DERMAX Advanced Peptide Whitening Serum gives intensive lightening performance with a proprietary blend of advanced peptide complex, plus whitening and antioxidant ingredients to help even out skin tone and enhance skin protection.
DERMAX Advanced Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Serum contains advanced peptide complex and protective ingredients to help regain skin elasticity and boost collagen production.
For best results, always avoid unnecessary sun exposure. It is important to use DERMAX UV Milk or UV Active, both high performance broad spectrum sunscreens, once the peptide serums have been absorbed by your skin.
|*NEW* DERMAX Advanced Peptide Whitening Serum and Anti-Wrinkle Serum are exclusively available in SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center branches nationwide.|
This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on January 19, 2016. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).