Peptides are in the spotlight as one of the forerunners in cutting-edge skincare science.
WHAT ARE PEPTIDES?
Peptides are short chains of amino acids, linked together by peptide bonds. There are 20 individual naturally-occurring amino acids which can be linked together in any order to give millions of different peptide combinations, with each assisting with different skin concerns. Peptides are also the building blocks of proteins. Our skin is naturally overflowing with different kinds of proteins and peptides, including some of the most important; collagen and elastin, which are both responsible for retaining the skin’s natural strength and resilience.
Every peptide has a unique superpower to target different skin concerns. Whether your goal is to minimise visible signs of ageing, prevent breakouts or tackle hyperpigmentation, our advanced range has the perfect peptide for you.
7 BENEFITS OF USING PEPTIDES
There are many different types of peptides that are commonly used in skincare for different purposes. However, not all peptides are created equal, and the potency of a peptide will depend upon its specific properties and the formulation of the product that it’s used in.
1. They can help to improve the skin barrier
The skin barrier is the body's first line of defence against pollution, bacteria, ultraviolet rays and other toxins. The skin barrier is very delicate, and it can easily be damaged by environmental stressors, pollutants, too much exfoliation and even lack of sleep. Peptides help to promote a stronger skin barrier, keeping the skin feeling resilient and supported.
2. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
Certain peptides can also help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and the complexion appearing firmer and more youthful-looking.
3. Enhance skin firmness
As well as helping improve the appearance of wrinkles, peptides can help to give the skin a firmer, more lifted appearance.
4. Help to even out skin tone
Peptides can also help to visibly even the skin tone, therefore reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation
5. Help to improve the appearance of blemish prone skin
Some peptide molecules also help improve the appearance of blemish prone skin, resulting in a visibly clarified and flawless-looking complexion.
6. Reduce the appearance of eye bags and dark circles
Peptides can also be used to help reduce the appearance of tired-looking eyes as they can visibly brighten dark circles and discolouration while diminishing the appearance of puffiness with a lifting and awakening effect.
7. Calm visible redness
If your skin is sensitive, peptides can help to reduce the appearance of redness.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO PEPTIDES PAIR WELL WITH?
All of our peptides have been expertly formulated with our CSA Philosophy in mind, and work to boost your visible results while you tailor your Medik8 CSA routine to meet your specific skincare needs. Most of our peptide formulas can be used both day and night, working to complement the visible benefits of other ingredients including antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A products (retinoids) and hyaluronic acid.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF PRODUCT TO INCLUDE PEPTIDES IN?
Depending on your skin type, all of our peptide products have the potential to help treat specific skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, blemishes and uneven skin tone. Using a product that you can leave on your skin for a prolonged period of time, like a serum or moisturiser, will allow the peptides to gradually penetrate the skin throughout the day and evening - maximising visible results.
HOW TO ADD PEPTIDES TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Peptides can easily be incorporated into your existing skincare routine - you just need to know how to use them correctly. For optimum results, we recommend applying peptides both in the morning and evening. Medik8’s peptide formulas can also be safely layered with AHA/BHA products, as these acids will not damage the efficacy of the peptide molecule. Morning routine: Apply your chosen peptide product onto a cleansed face before your moisturiser and sunscreen. Evening routine: Apply your chosen peptide product after cleansing and before moisturiser.
THE MEDIK8 APPROACH
Peptides might be in the skincare spotlight for their incredible anti-ageing powers but, at Medik8, we understand that peptides are so much more than just a one-trick pony. Each peptide has a different action on the skin - not just for skin ageing concerns, but also for tackling dullness, hyperpigmentation, anti-glycation, dryness, and more! At Medik8, we wanted to harness the broad range of different peptide powers in our peptide product offering. We have developed revolutionary, results-driven peptide formulations which help to amplify the results of all Medik8 CSA regimes. We use scientifically proven ingredients and advanced delivery systems alongside each carefully-selected peptide to enhance the penetration and power of the active ingredients. The perfect addition to your CSA routine, our full range of innovative peptide formulas are expertly designed to support many different skin concerns.
MEET OUR PEPTIDE FAMILY
FLAWLESS-LOOKING SKIN: CLARITY PEPTIDES
Boost your skin's natural luminosity with one of our most innovative formulas; Clarity Peptides. Infused with 10% niacinamide, it works wonders for visibly soothing visible redness and blemish-prone skin. This milky serum promotes glass-like skin when you need it the most, ideal for anyone who feels like life is getting in the way of perfect skin. The formula features next-generation Crystalide™ peptides, which help to promote a crystal clear complexion.
ANTI-AGEING: LIQUID PEPTIDES
If anti-ageing is your main focus, Liquid Peptides is the perfect option for you. The 30% peptide-packed formula helps improve the appearance of expression wrinkles. Boosted with a pioneering drone-targeted delivery system, the formula ensures every peptide is activated within the layer of skin where it’s needed the most, for maximum visible results. Skin is left visibly smoother, deeply hydrated, and ultimately more youthful-looking.
HYPERPIGMENTATION: OXY-R PEPTIDES
Oxy-R Peptides is our targeted peptide solution for visible hyperpigmentation. The click-activated formula has been expertly formulated to target the appearance of visible age spots, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and post-inflammatory marks. Utilising a previously-untapped high concentration of 1% oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R), the water-light formulation overcomes common stability issues with Medik8’s one-of-a-kind, patented stabilisation system - for ultimate Oxy-R potency. Also enriched with twin brightening peptides, tetrapeptide-30 and acetyl glycyl beta-alanine, this silky serum can deliver visible improvements to hyperpigmented skin in as little as 7 days.*
RETINOL-ALTERNATIVE: BAKUCHIOL PEPTIDES
In need of a vitamin A replacement in your CSA skincare routine? Look no further than Bakuchiol Peptides; the ultimate, clinically proven substitute for retinol. Perfect for expectant or nursing mothers, Bakuchiol Peptides is extremely gentle yet delivers impressive visible youth-renewing results. Elevating the effects of 1.25% pure bakuchiol with brightening peptide precursors and calming cica extract, this lightweight oil serum takes the gentle powers of bakuchiol to the next level of anti-ageing technology.
VITAMIN C-ALTERNATIVE: COPPER PCA PEPTIDES
Utilising revolutionary mineral antioxidant power is Copper PCA Peptides. With patented technology and copper PCA as a potent antioxidant, this energising peptide serum was formulated to expertly recharge the skin for optimal free radical protection. A robust armour against signs of premature skin ageing, the innovative dual-chambered serum helps to prevent the visible signs of ageing caused by environmental stressors. This is the perfect replacement for those who struggle to incorporate vitamin C into their regime, as mineral copper PCA offers potent yet gentle antioxidant power. Enriched with an advanced complex of age-defying peptides including Matrixyl 3000, the award-winning serum visibly lifts and smooths to keep skin looking plump, soft and hydrated while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
PEPTIDES FOR THE EYES: EYELIFT PEPTIDES
Finally, within our peptide family, we have Eyelift Peptides, the ultimate lifting and firming eye treatment. With a complex of 5 peptides, this multi-action, anti-ageing eye serum helps to visibly lift and shape the look of eye contours for an immediate well-rested, bright-eyed appearance. This award-winning formula also harnesses the powers of hesperidin to minimise the appearance of dark circles, plus glycerin to hydrate the delicate eye area.
EASY AS CSA
Our peptides range has been designed with our pioneering CSA Philosophy in mind, working to boost visible results while tailoring a Medik8 CSA routine to meet your specific skincare goals.
Most of our peptide products can be used both day and night, to complement vitamin C and A products. We always recommend layering serums from thinnest to thickest consistency, to ensure that your products can absorb properly while the thicker, cream-textures can lock in all the skincare goodness.
The only exception to the rule is with Copper PCA Peptides and Bakuchiol Peptides:
Copper PCA Peptides replaces vitamin C in a morning skincare routine. The two actives are not compatible and unfortunately cancel out each other’s anti-ageing powers if used within the same routine.
Bakuchiol Peptides replaces vitamin A in an evening skincare routine. As our vitamin As can only be used at night, Bakuchiol Peptides is a great option to boost your skincare routine during the day. However, as bakuchiol and vitamin A have similar effects on the skin, at nighttime we would recommend layering your vitamin A with Liquid Peptides or Clarity Peptides to gain extra visible benefits.
Enhance your CSA skincare routine today and discover your perfect peptide blend.
*Proven via an independent consumer study Tested over 4 weeks on 50 participants aged 35-70 with hyperpigmentation skin concerns
**Of course, due to ethical considerations the Bakuchiol Peptides formula has not been tested on pregnant women, but there is nothing in the formula which is known to be an issue (eg vitamin A or high levels of exfoliating acids). If you are at all concerned, always consult your doctor.