In the beauty and skin care industry, new products are produced at pace, enticing us with the latest and greatest ingredients or formulations that leave us feeling like we need a science degree to work out what it will do for our skin.
Peptides and Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF) are one of the ingredients or “beauty buzz words” you may have heard about, but what really are Peptides & Epidermal growth Factors, and what can they do for our skin? Here is a short breakdown:
· Amino Acids: Building blocks of proteins, they give our cells structure, and play a crucial role in nutrient storage and delivery. They also assist in wound healing and tissue repair.
· Peptides are chains of amino acids that serve as the building blocks for proteins, they can be short or long chains.
· Proteins: Make up a large amount of the bodies tissues, collagen is one of the primary proteins found within our skin and is responsible for providing structure, skin integrity and smoothness.
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 send signals to our cells found within our skin to let them know how to function and to work more efficiently. Epidermal Growth Factors stimulate cellular regeneration at an epidermal and dermal level; they can stimulate and enhance tissue repair, and boost collagen synthesis resulting in a smoother, firmer skin.
As we age, the level of collagen within our skin and the rate at which collagen is produced decreases, resulting in visible skin aging and loss of volume and elasticity. This is where topical peptides and Epidermal Growth Factor serums can assist in strengthening our skin.
A double-blind clinical trial studied the effects of peptides on the skin quality and smoothness of twenty women between the ages of 40 and 62. After four weeks of peptide application, 75% to 80% of the subjects saw an improvement in skin smoothness. There was a significant reduction in the number of wrinkles, as well as the length and depth of wrinkles on the skin.
PCA Total Strength Serum is a new generation peptide serum containing Epidermal Growth Factors, antioxidants and sodium hyaluronate to promote firming, intense hydration and strengthening, with a visible reduction in fine lines, textural irregularities and pores. Use this serum as part of your daily skin routine to improve skin strength and promote radiance.
Retails for $159.00