We’ve heard a lot about ways to take care of our skin, from simple moisturizing to complicated beauty regimens. But what, exactly, are we trying to take care of? We live in a society of treating the symptoms instead of the disease. Because of this, the truly basic components of our skin—amino acid peptides—should be discussed. Here’s what they are and how they play a role in our skin, as well as how to rejuvenate and rebuild them.
So here’s some information worthy of your high school biology class: our skin is made up of a number of different proteins, such as hemoglobin in the blood, keratin in the skin, melanin (which gives us our skin color), and so on. Each one of those proteins is made up of amino acids. Chains, or peptides, of these amino acids are what give the proteins their structure. When the skin is damaged, these amino acid peptides are damaged as well.
Fortunately, you can reverse the damage done to amino acid peptides. The right type of skin cream works below the surface of the skin, encouraging the amino acids to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen helps our skin stay firm, avoiding wrinkles and sagging, and elastin keeps our skin from losing its flexibility. Since our skin loses more and more collagen over time, boosting its production by stimulating the amino acid peptides will keep you looking younger longer.
When Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, designed his EPIONE Signature Series Restoration Firm & Fade he instructed his laboratory to include ingredients to boost collagen. Says Doctor Ourian, “I wanted the Restoration Firm and Fade to not only lighten and even out skin tone but to help the skin build collagen. That’s why we included tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline in the formulation.”
Doctor Ourian continues, “Studies have indicated that tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate not only stimulates collagen but also inhibits the production of pigment, promoting a more even skin tone. It does this without exfoliating or irritating the skin. Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline is a plant-derived, natural amino acid that is essential for skin collagen synthesis.”
Doctor Ourian reminds us, “Keeping your skin young looking, however, involves more than just a great skin cream and a daily cleansing regimen. Exercise helps you keep your body healthy, and forces you to drink fluids (especially during warm weather). The better your body functions, the better your skin will look, and the longer it will take to show damage. Drinking a lot of water will also keep everything hydrated and functioning the way it should.”
“Last but not least, “ concludes Doctor Ourian, “stay out of the sun. Beach trips are wonderful, but make sure you’re wearing an SPF with a minimum of 30, a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Don’t forget to reapply that sun block every two hours for best results! I recommend EPIONE Sunblock – Protect & Correct (SPF 40+).”
Amino acid peptides may sound like something that belongs in a lab, but they’re a very real part of your skin’s health. Remember, your skin is the largest organ on your body. Treat it well, and you’ll reap the rewards. For more information on EPIONE Signature Series Restoration Firm & Fade and EPIONE Sunblock – Protect & Correct (SPF 40+) go to www.epioneskincare.com.