Wrinkles, fine lines, dry skin. It can be worrisome, or even alarming, when you notice changes in your skin, but peptide skin care products might just be the answer. Peptides are more than just a buzzword in skin care — they diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visibly smoother, plumper and youthful-looking skin. Let’s explore the effects of these ingredients, their benefits, as well as spa treatments with similar collagen-boosting effects.
What Are Peptides?
Peptides are a vital active in skin care products, leaving skin looking plump and youthful. When applied to the face, peptides activate the production of protein (such as collagen) in the skin. Collagen is essential when it comes to improving our skin’s appearance. It acts as a building block for skin, bones, joints, teeth, muscles, joints and connective tissues, and gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, collagen production declines as we age, leaving the skin less youthful-looking. By including peptides in your skin care, you can dramatically improve the appearance of the tone and texture of your skin.
Curious about the effectiveness of these ingredients? Let’s take a closer look at product options as well as spa treatments below.
The Best Peptide Skin Care Products For Smooth Skin
Now that you’re well-versed in the benefits of peptides and collagen, it’s time to explore skin care products that help your skin look healthy and strong. Here are a few of our tried-and-true favorites to enhance and protect your skin.
The Marine Flower Peptide Collection
Botanical peptides and algae extracts found in our Marine Flower Peptide Collection are designed to leave the skin looking firm and elastic. The Marine Flower Peptide Serum and Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream can be added to any skin care routine to deliver significantly smoother skin that looks truly ageless. This eye cream can be applied morning and night and will not only target the look of fine lines, but dark circles as well. According to Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar, the Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream and Marine Flower Peptide Serum both "refine pores and smooth the look of the complexion.”
A newcomer to this luxurious collection, the Marine Flower Peptide Concentrate supports the benefits of the Marine Flower Peptide Serum by further increasing the appearance of skin firmness and targeting the visible signs of aging. This luxurious, lightweight gel gives your skin a revitalizing boost revealing more supple-looking skin.
Turning to the lip area, select the Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum, designed to help your lips appear plump and smooth. Formulated with marine flower and botanical hyaluronic acid, this silky serum improves the appearance of lines around the lips and surrounding area. It can be applied throughout the day or layered under lip balm or lipstick.
If you want your skin care working overnight for you, the Marine Flower Peptide Night Cream is a velvety formula containing two unique plant peptide technologies. Like overnight magic, this rejuvenating cream locks in moisture and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles for fresh, hydrated, firmer-looking skin.
Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System
The Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System includes three products, all containing our Peptide Illuminating Complex that uses botanical peptides derived from hibiscus seeds. Slough off dead skin cells with our Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant and Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 and lock in moisture with our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. This blend of antioxidants and botanical peptides minimizes the appearance of aging and gives skin a firmer and smoother-looking appearance.
Applying a thin layer of our Marine Flower Peptide Serum prior to our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream each night is a powerful combo for skin that feels smooth and healthy. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Josie Barton says this serum will “also help treat redness from dry skin and improve the look of skin tone and texture overall.”
While the exfoliating treatment should be only used one to two times per week, the peptide cream can be used daily during your morning and night skin care routine. Also available for purchase on its own, the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream can be used by all skin types, including sensitive, to help battle the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
You can also receive the professional Arctic Berry Treatment by visiting your closest Eminence Organics spa. This professional peptide treatment will leave your skin looking smooth and radiant. A boosted version of the home care system, the pro treatment “features multiple acids to exfoliate the skin, allowing you to reap the maximum benefit from a unique botanical peptide complex.”
Citrus Lip Balm
If vertical lip lines are among your top skin care concerns, you can also try our Citrus Lip Balm which contains botanical peptides derived from hibiscus seeds, as well as shea butter and sunflower seed wax for deep hydration. With daily application for four weeks, lip lines will appear minimized and lips are left looking smooth and full.
Skin care products containing peptides aren't the only solution for skin that looks strong and supple. Support your skin with collagen-boosting spa treatments; you can contact an authorized Eminence Organics spa near you to see what services they offer.
Microneedling (or collagen induction therapy) is designed to stimulate collagen production. This treatment creates thousands of microscopic punctures in the skin to induce wound-healing. These micro-injuries trigger the skin’s fibroblasts to synthesize new collagen and elastin. Stefanie Williams MD tells Get The Gloss: “Medical needling gives skin a gentle nudge to remind it to keep making fresh collagen. It’s a very natural regenerative treatment that helps the skin help itself.”
Fractionated lasers are another go-to. These work similar to microneedling in that they cause tiny, controlled injuries that trigger the creation of new collagen. In this case, rather than using medical needles, the skin care professional will use resurfacing lasers to stimulate collagen production. Dr. Zeichner tells Harper’s Bazaar: “Lasers work by punching microscopic holes in the skin, creating a controlled burn and taking advantage of the skin’s ability to heal itself after wounds.”
If your skin is in the early stages of the aging process, microcurrent treatments can be beneficial. This type of spa treatment is best for skin that is showing the earliest signs of aging, as it conditions the skin’s fibroblasts to function optimally and continue to produce healthy, high quality collagen. In microcurrent therapy, two metal rods that conduct low-level electricity are drawn over the surface of the skin to stimulate and energize facial muscles.
Have you ever received any of these collagen enhancing treatments, or used peptide products in your skin care routine? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!