What are Peptides and what can they do for my skin?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and increase cellular communication within the skin.
One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin (from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), wrinkles form.
Peptides applied topically to the skin help prompt the formation of new collagen, providing for more youthful, supple looking skin.
Various types of peptides exist with a multitude of functions. Peptides help promote natural elements of healthy skin including collagen production (which helps plump the skin), and neuropeptides helps relax repetitive facial muscle contractions (which softens wrinkles).
The HydroPeptide products we stock and which are used in our HydroPeptide facials currently utilise more than 60 performance-based, medical-grade peptides to address wrinkles, discolouration, blemishes and other skincare concerns.
Peptides go to work immediately within the skin, but their results are not seen until after the collagen has a chance to plump and thicken the under layers of skin. This process may take 28 days (for younger skin) and up to 56 days (for older skin). While you’ll see immediate changes in texture and tone, the longer you use HydroPeptide the more results you will see.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid (also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid). They stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.
While there isn’t any conclusive evidence to date that parabens may be a health hazard, some medical professionals have raised concerns and recommended further studies be done. This has resulted in a general move away from paraben use, although it has been noted that any micro-organisms growing in consumer products would likely be more hazardous than any parabens present.