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Published: Thu March 23, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx
A commonly debated and contested topic being – how can skincare products provide benefits beyond the very outer layer of the skin (aka the epidermis). Have you ever heard anyone tell you that all you need is a moisturiser because nothing else can work
deeper into the skin (eg. don’t bother with serums or correctors)? Myth Minx wants to set the record straight and enlighten all skin care aficionados on why this topic is so commonly misunderstood.
Traditionally, skincare ingredients and products were used to hydrate and protect the more superficial layer of the skin (the epidermis); these usually came in the form of a moisturiser. This product serves the purpose of preventing moisture loss from the skin, keeping it soft, smooth and supple.
However with advancing ingredient technology we have now come much further.
Believe it or not, these days’ skincare ingredients are an important consideration for the management of the dermis because this is the “living” layer of the skin. The dermis is the deeper layer of our skin that sits below our outer layer of skin (the epidermis). In the dermis you will find an array of components such as collagen (giving skin its support –think of it as the framework for our skin), elastin (providing elasticity and flexibility), blood vessels, nerve fibres, oil glands, hair follicles and the list goes on.
Imagine if we could support and nourish this lower layer of skin, would this not improve our overall skin condition and appearance? Yet the question remains, how can you apply a topical product and expect it to travel through our outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and deliver actions in the dermis?
The answer: biomimetic peptides.
So let’s breakdown this concept, let’s first investigate what this phrase actually means:
Peptides in skincare act as triggers for the production of new protein (collagen/elastin); they are the messengers that stimulate protein production. Essentially different peptides will have different actions.
In specific forms, peptides are able to be used in the top layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function. In skincare products peptides have been used to turn off things like pigment/melanin production or to turn on micro-circulation. Think of a peptide as a courier or messenger, sending a message from one part of the skin to another.
To deliver effective cellular change high tech ingredients such as biomimetic peptides are used.
Biomimetic peptides mimic the function of our skin acting as messengers in the skin, allowing the epidermis and dermis to communicate more efficiently. This is important, because one of the key effects of ageing is reduced communication within the skin,
resulting in decreased collagen production and clusters of degraded elastin fibres. These factors combine exponentially to produce classic visible signs of ageing; including thinner skin, fine and deep wrinkles, sagging and flaccidity and overall loss of skin tone.
Not all ingredients are designed to send messages deeper into the skin. Ingredients that do this usually reside in correcting serums.
What this means is that your corrector works differently as compared to your moisturiser. As we already established, moisturisers are designed to hydrate and protect your outer layer of skin, whereas a corrector utilises peptides that act as chemical messengers to maintain and improve communication between the epidermis and the dermis which in turn affects cell function. This is particularly beneficial as we get older and normal skin functions start to slow down.
We know that as we age, collagen and elastin fibres in the dermis break down and they are not replaced efficiently. This ageing phenomenon can be tackled through the use of biomimetic peptides to ensure these proteins are being produced by the skin, keeping it spongy, youthful and elastic.
High-tech ingredients to look out for
A focus in any anti-ageing regime is to introduce highly active products that incorporate the use of advanced ingredient technology to maintain effective communiation within the skin.
One of MMs favourite biomimetic peptides is Matrixly 3000 (while this ingredient may sound foreign its benefits are somewhat astounding).
Matrixyl 3000 – Helps to restore skin’s metabolism of youth, meaning ageing skin tends to behave like younger skin again. Effectively helps to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen
production and help repair skin. Clinical trials carried out over two months on this biomimetic peptide demonstrated:
In 2011, proof of the efficiency of Matrixyl 3000 was made available. Its ability to help repair the UV damage-prone papillary dermis, revealed an age gain by two years in just one month. After 2 months: the photo-induced ageing is then delayed by 5.5 years.
You will find Matrixyl 3000 in Skinstitut’s Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream. This 2 in 1 corrector has developed an almost cult-like following since its launch a few years ago, not only can it be used around the eyes and on the neck, it can even be applied over the entire face for those that require more intense nourishment and anti-ageing support. Remember, through the use of biomimetic peptides this allows certain actions to take place in the lower part of our skin (the dermis), effectively ‘telling’ the skin to behave as it once did in its more youthful days.
So avoid being misled, yes, some ingredients and products will work more superficially on your skin, however, some products (such as correctors) are designed to be more lightweight and deliver benefits deeper into your skin. To discover which corrector is right for your skin visit a Skinstitut skin expert, find the closest one to you via https://www.skinstitut.com/stockist.