Peptides are in the spotlight as one of the forerunners in cutting-edge skincare science, as they are known to help support collagen production. But did you know that they can do so much more? Meet the Peptides Family.
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./p>
When applied to the skin, peptides can act as communicators, triggering a response in certain cells of the skin. They give your skin a specific instruction to do ‘something’, and that ‘something’ entirely depends on what order your amino acids are in. Every peptide has a unique superpower to target different skin concerns.
THE MEDIK8 APPROACH
Peptides might be in the spotlight for their incredible collagen-boosting powers, but in fact, peptides are way more than just a one-trick pony. Each peptide has a different action on the skin. Not just for skin ageing, but also for tackling skin dullness, hyperpigmentation, anti-glycation, moisturising the skin and more! We wanted to harness the broad range of different peptide powers in our new Peptide Family. The perfect addition to your CSA routine, our full range of innovative peptide combinations can help to support many different skin concerns.
MEET THE FAMILY
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 red, inflamed or 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 clean up the skin’s waste proteins to promote a crystal clear complexion. Clarity Peptides is an ideal alternative to BHAs for tackling blemish-prone skin, particularly for sensitive skins.
If anti-ageing is your main focus, Liquid Peptides is incredible in its peptide power. With the ability to bring your skin back to life, the 30% peptide-packed formula helps to fight expression wrinkles by helping to stimulate collagen production. Boosted with a pioneering drone-based delivery system, the formula ensures every peptide is activated within the layer of skin where it’s needed the most. So how does this system work? A collagen-stimulating copper peptide is encapsulated in a polymer shell, with external peptides which fit into receptors on the outside of collagen-making fibroblast cells. The encapsulation swoops down (like a drone) to the fibroblast cell, releasing the copper peptide exactly where it needs to be. The skin is left soft to touch, deeply hydrated and ultimately more youthful-looking.
Oxy-R Peptides is our targeted peptide solution to hyperpigmentation. The click-activated formula was carefully crafted with the intention of improving the appearance of visible age spots, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and post-inflammatory marks from past blemishes. Utilising a previously untouched 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. 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.*
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 who have been sadly advised to put down their favourite skin-smoothing retinol for the next 9 months,** 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, this lightweight, oil serum takes the gentle powers of bakuchiol to the next level of anti-ageing technology.
Utilising revolutionary mineral antioxidant power, we have Copper PCA Peptides. With patented technology using copper PCA as an antioxidant, this energising peptide serum was formulated to expertly recharge skin for optimal free radical protection. A robust armour against premature skin ageing, the innovative dual-chambered serum helps to prevent the visible signs of ageing. This is the perfect replacement for those of you who struggle to incorporate vitamin C into their regime, as mineral copper PCA offers unprecedented 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
Finally, within our peptide family, we have Eyelift Peptides, the ultimate lifting and firming eye treatment. With a complex of 5 collagen-boosting 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 have been designed with CSA in mind, working to boost results while tailoring a Medik8 CSA routine to meet your specific skincare goals. Most of our peptide products can be used day and night, to compliment vitamin C and A products. We always recommend layering serums from thinnest to thickest consistency, to ensure your products can absorb properly while the thicker, cream-textures can lock in all the skincare goodness beneath. See below for a helpful guide on which order to layer your Medik8 peptides and CSA products.
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.
- Bakuchiol Peptides replaces vitamin A in an evening skincare routine. As most of our vitamin As (bar our fantastic r-Retinoate Day & Night serum) 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 night time we would recommend to layer your vitamin A with Liquid Peptides or Clarity Peptides to gain extra benefits from the skin.
Enhance your CSA skincare routine today and discover your perfect custom peptide blend.
Do you have more questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our Peptides Family.
*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.