Importance of Peptides

Peptides are not just an ingredient that is part of a formula to boost the skin; it’s an essential compound that is essential to activating more collagen. And it starts by introducing the right products that are formulated to combat the effects of age and free radicals.

So often we hear about peptides or read about them. But so few of us know what peptides do as part of our skin’s natural function.
Peptides are composed of a long chain of tiny fragments of amino acids found in the skin, and it is these acids that perform specific actions in the building blocks of proteins and scaffolding of our skin structure. Collagen is a particular source of amino acids which provides an essential role in the construction of connective tissue and ongoing cell growth. On their own, peptides are part of the body’s complex communication system that tells different aspects of skin to do a better job. Without them, the physical structure of amino acids will not remain connected.
To create and stabilise essential peptides we need daily; several leading cosmeceutical brands have engineered the right ingredients through direct absorption into the skin. Yet take a range of peptides to help fight multiple skin problems, and there isn’t one that does everything. For this reason, there are several serums and creams have more than one function, and when combined with the right ingredients, they can have a specific functional task within the skin.
So let’s place peptides under the microscope and see what they do – and how we use them in our Biopelle Microneedling treatments.

What are the primary functions of peptides?

Peptides provide many benefits to help counter wrinkles, fine lines, UV damage and free-radicals, create a lifting effect, trigger hydration and the essential fibroblasts which are the primary cells responsible for the production of collagen, and help improve the tone, texture and smoothness of the skin. 

Each formulated peptide can be created to activate a youthful element of skin, for example specifically, a peptide to make more collagen, or deactivate a problem in the skin, like stop making so much abnormal melanin.

Some of the essential peptides include:

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 which collectively smoothes wrinkles and boots hydration by strengthening the skin’s barrier;
  • Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate which improves and helps sustain cellular function and turnover;
  • Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16 and Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 which helps minimise redness such as rosacea;
  • Azelaoyl Bis-Dipeptide-10 diminishes the appearance of forms of pigmentation, like brown spots;
  • Tripeptide-1 which assists with firmness.

What age group should concentrate on peptides in their skincare regime?

Patients of all ages can benefit from applying products with peptides.

How do I know which product to use as part of my skincare regime?

Each group of peptides has its limitations and knowing what each cluster of peptides does form the genesis of your skincare regime. So it’s vital that you incorporate the right inclusion of skin-replenishing peptides and other formulated ingredients and antioxidants that our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington tailors specifically for you.

What should I start with?

One of our favourites for anti-ageing is BioPelle Tensage Radiance Eye Cream, which is formulated with peptides to fight fine lines and wrinkles, antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals, and brightening agents to revitalise the skin. However, it is essential to note that peptides cannot be used on their own to achieve remarkable results. When the correct peptide is applied to the skin, signals are sent through the corneocytes – the major protein complex that provides the ‘bricks’ of the epidermis. As a result, new collagen is produced and your skin will begin to look more supple and youthful.

Our other favourite is BioPelle Tensage Stem Cell Cream, which is formulated with CellPro™ Technology and other essential ingredients include peptides, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, antioxidants, soothing botanical extracts and retinol. Ideal for mature skin, the cream also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, maintains the appearance of volume and firmness, and creates an even tone and smooth texture to the skin.

 


How do we know that the peptides one uses are going to be effective?

How peptides bond in the ingredients is the conduit so, therefore, the size and concentration of the molecule are the most important factors to consider.  This synthesis begins when the first two amino acids are combined together. and the molecule of water is eliminated, leaving you with the peptide bond between the two amino acids.

What is the minimum length of time for the results to take effect?

For the peptides to gain traction in the skin, they have to be small to penetrate the epidermis and be at a minimum concentration of 3%.  Peptides are best applied in the form of cosmeceutical serum or cream for a minimum of 12 weeks and should be continued for best results.

How much of the skin is saturated by peptides?

Our skin’s natural saturation rate for the application of peptides is at 5%. Anything above that will not create added benefits to the skin.

Who would best benefit from products with peptides?

Patients who would benefit most from peptides will have skin that displays the following; loss of firmness, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and textural changes.

Can peptides be included in any medi-peels or other cosmetic procedures?

Most definitely, and it is our ‘go-to’ ingredient [in a mask] when we place you under our red light lamp. We also combine peptides in our powerhouse Biopelle Microneedlingprocedures and other medi-spa treatments because of its vital role in collagen synthesis.

Benefits of SCA Biopair Technology found in Biopelle

Promoting cell generation and delivering hydration with a patent fusion of SCA Biopair Technology, Tensage Growth Factor helps address the multiple causes of ageing and counter advanced ageing caused by UV photo-damage, skin toxicity and the environment. Also offering increased hydration for softer skin and a softening of wrinkles and fine lines, Tensage Growth Factor equally leaves the skin protected from free radicals with renewed elasticity and a firmer appearance.

Our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington can recommend a selection of serums and creams tailored to your skin.  Also enjoy the benefits of a Medi-FacialMedi-Peel or three Micro-Needling treatments at our multi-purpose clinic.

Please view our non-surgical and surgical anti-ageing packages with plastic surgeon specialist, Dr Lionel Chang [MB BS FRACS]. Also, view our blog on Biopelle Tensage.

For all appointments and consultations, please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755. We look forward to seeing you.