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All About Peptides

03 May 2022

We have worked with our skincare expert Sarah Chapman for a while now and Herb House is only one of two destinations in the UK, including the Chelsea flagship, where you can experience a Sarah Chapman facial.

Our therapists have been personally trained by Sarah’s team to deliver the award-winning Skinesis experience outside of London. Each and every facial is tailored to meet the individual needs of each guest.

You can also shop the Sarah Chapman range in Curated meaning you can maintain the glow at home! All of Sarah’s products are ­brimming with restorative botanicals and results-driven actives, the efficacious range works at both the cellular and surface-level for inimitable results.

Peptides get a lot of buzz in the skincare world, and for good reason! There are a huge range of peptides, all with slightly different benefits for the skin. We asked Skinesis Founder and Facialist Sarah Chapman to answer our peptide FAQs, so you can work out which peptides are right for you.

What is a peptide?

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act like chemical messengers, triggering certain processes in the skin.

What do peptides do?

Different peptides have varied effects, depending on which ‘message’ they send. Some, like ARGIRELINE®, SNAP-8™ and SYN®-AKE, block the neurotransmitters that tell our muscles to contract – this prevents or reduces the furrowing or creasing you see when you frown. This process is similar to how Botox works, and helps to prevent wrinkles over time.

Others, like Eyeliss™, improve fluid drainage – this is ideal if you suffer from puffiness or dark under-eye circles, as they will help to break up blockages and smooth away this fluid.

Finally, certain peptides like Biopeptide CL™, SYN®-COLL and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17 stimulate collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are essential for plump, supple, bouncy skin – our bodies produce these ingredients naturally, but the production does decrease as we age, so boosting this process will help to promote a firmer, more youthful complexion.

What should I consider when choosing a peptide formula?

Peptides are quite large molecules, so it can be hard for them to penetrate the skin – so it’s important to look at the formula and delivery system being used. For example, in my Platinum Pep8 Stem Cell Serum, which contains 8 powerful peptides, I fused collagen-boosting Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17 peptides with tiny, ultra-penetrative platinum particles – these platinum particles drag the peptides deeper into the skin, where they can be most effective.

Drone delivery is another cutting-edge method of peptide delivery – this is where peptides are engineered into a specific shape to connect with certain types of cell where they are most needed. You can find this technology in my high-performance Icon Day and Icon Night moisturisers. 

What other ingredients do peptides pair well with?

Peptides work well with nearly all other skincare ingredients. If you’re looking to improve skin’s overall health and youthfulness, combine peptides with vitamin A – this is my number one ingredient for rejuvenating the skin; it stimulates cellular renewal, helping to reveal fresh, smooth, younger-looking skin, as well as normalising sebum production and reducing signs of UV damage. You can incorporate peptides at every stage of your routine; for example, my Ultimate Cleanse contains Dermaxyl® peptide, which visibly reduces wrinkle depth, so you are combating signs of ageing in the very first step of your regime.

Why not pop into Curated to take a look at our Sarah Chapman range.

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