You will often find peptides listed as ingredients in skin care products, but what they actually are can get lost in science jargon, and if they aren’t used properly, they won’t work at all. They’re a really incredible part of a good skincare routine, so we’ve got the scoop for you on what these little guys are and how they work!

PeptidesWhat they are:
Simply put, peptides are amino acids – the protein that holds your skin together. Your skin produces them naturally, and they play a big part in your skin’s healing, renewal, and collagen production processes. They can also be made synthetically and used to help maintain beautiful skin throughout your years.

How they work:
As we age, collagen is lost, but is not replaced at the same rate as during our youth. Peptides tell your skin to produce more collagen. That’s right, you can help replace lost collagen! Peptides naturally form when collagen breaks down in your body, and they alert your skin that it was damaged. This signals skin to create new collagen. So, when we apply additional peptides through a skincare product, they “communicate” with the skin to increase collagen production.

Where to look for them:
Our Sea Radiance Rapid Eye Lift is a great example of a product using peptides to work wonders on the areas of our skin that so desperately need repair. Peptides are unstable, and need to be delivered in a very specific formula in order for your cells to receive them before they break down and have no effect. It is especially crucial to look for these products in airless containers, like our eye cream’s airless tube! (Jar containers are peptides’ worst enemy!)

We want to know your experience with your newfound, peptide-rich skin routine! We’re @SeaRadianceSkin on Twitter and we can’t wait to hear from you!

Skincare Packaging

Since the days of Cleopatra, cosmetic skincare jars have been a fixture on many women’s vanity tables. Elaborate packaging has a way of making us feel beautiful as we apply our creams and elixirs. Unfortunately, the packaging of some of our skincare can actually negate what’s inside!

A jar, classic though it may look, exposes your product to light and air every time the lid is opened. The most important, effective and expensive ingredients, like antioxidants and retinol, are the most fragile, and begin to break down as soon as they are exposed to air and light.

In the case of antioxidants, they’re just doing their job! Antioxidants help to protect your skin from free radical damage, and oxygen is a free radical. So, when the product is exposed to the oxygen, the oxygen is destroying the antioxidants in the jar. Imagine buying a warehouse of amazing fireworks, and then accidentally setting them off inside the warehouse. You would be accidentally activating the antioxidants within the jar before they had a chance to work their magic on your skin.

Many botanical and organic ingredients break down in the same way. Some skincare is packaged in a see through bottle to show off the product. While this protects it from air, the light destroys your product’s efficacy without you even knowing it.

Cleanser and Eye Lift PackagingSome skincare companies promote the notion that if ingredients are encapsulated, they are protected from exposure. Don’t fall for this! If they won’t react in the jar, they won’t react on your skin when they’re supposed to. Not to mention that dipping your fingers repeatedly into your jar can introduce unnecessary bacteria which will further break down your product and could cause break outs on your skin.

When designing our products, we were well aware of the shortcomings in packaging of the existing skincare brands. We wanted to create products that not only use the best dermatologically effective and natural ingredients, but that will be good to the last drop. There would be no point in formulating our Sea Radiance products if they would be destroyed once you open them.

This is why we created our Rapid Eye Lift in an airless tube that seals itself right after the product is dispensed. Our Gentle Cleanser is in an opaque pump dispenser that is protected from light. These provide the best protection for those powerful ingredients like Sea Elixir, peptides, antioxidants and aloe vera. You can apply your products with confidence knowing that not only will you feel beautiful, but that the ingredients will be working all day long.