Truth in Peptides

Peptides: a fancy-sounding ingredient with a mundane (but no less important!) role. Other brands add peptides to the bottom of their ingredient lists, but claim it as a star-player. Often added to the deception is a higher sticker price. We're not into that. We'll tell you exactly what an ingredient is doing in a formula, and why we choose to include it. Above theatrics, we value quality and honesty.

When our Nourishing Eye Cream is applied, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) works to inhibit the reactions that cause small muscles to move and contract, a contributing factor to the formation of saggy under eye bags. Clinical evidence suggests Argireline inhibits the release of Acetylcholine, the same neurotransmitter against which Botox is effective.

But, peptides are like vitamins in that their utility depends as much on the rest of the formula as it does on its innate properties. Along with Niacinamide and Kojic Acid, the peptides work over time to smooth skin, decreasing the delicacy of undereye dermis, thus helping to alleviate the look of dark or puffy eyes. These benefits, however, likely provide little-to-no additional skin smoothing and hydrating effects above that which is provided by the formula’s humectants and lipid-soluble fatty acids. 

More often than not, peptides are used more for their marketability than for their skin-smoothing functionality. The science behind the use of peptides in anti-aging products is mostly kept under wraps as trade secrets. You can usually see through this illusion if peptides are listed near the end of an ingredient list. Be wary of products that promise youth and vitality through the magic of peptides!

To be perfectly honest (you deserve that much), the peptides in our eye cream are a supporting player in the fight against visible signs of aging. But at least the peptides are not an inconsequential addition, as they are in other products. It's not like we tell you that Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 will insert itself into your skin's DNA. No pseudo-science or wishful thinking here.

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