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Trend Alert: What's Hot in Skin Care

Trend Alert: What's Hot in Skin Care

Trends aren't all about hair and makeup. They're about skin care, too. According to Dr. Jeffrey Dover, the dermatologist behind Skin Effects, the antiaging line sold through CVS, it's all about the peptides. Just what are peptides, anyway? Peptides are tiny chains of amino acids that help combat the signs of aging. "Within a few weeks of using products with peptide ingredients, my patients can generally see improvements in the overall appearance of their skin," he said. To learn what's on his "it" list of peptide types — and get a lesson in science — read more below:

  • Polypeptides: Commonly known as just peptides. Polypeptides help cells communicate better so that skin looks healthier. They also work to improve the barrier function of the skin, which means less wrinkling.
  • Lipopeptides: Because of the fat and water balance, lipopeptides more easily penetrate into the skin, which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making skin look more firm.
  • GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid): Sourced from tomatoes, GABAs actually help relax the muscles that cause the face to crinkle. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene and promote smooth skin, and are wonderful for those who need instant gratification. I knew I liked those tomatoes.



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Phyllis-Beauvais Phyllis-Beauvais 8 years
i have wrinkles
Beachbummz Beachbummz 8 years
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Oiy with the bad science. Peptides are the building blocks of all proteins. While certain peptides may in fact help with skin care, using the blanket term "peptides" just strikes me as people trying to sound scientific without actually providing any specifics. And while lipopeptides (or lipoproteins as us scientists call them) are in fact proteins with fat particles attached to them, GABA is not a peptide. It's a neurotransmitter that is an amino acid itself but is not incorporated into larger peptides or proteins. I'm not trying to be mean, it just really bugs me when beauty products brag about having "peptides" in them, which is such a general term in science that it's meaningless in this context.
sofi sofi 8 years
thanks for posting- I remember something a looong time ago about pepetides here and was hoping for more info. Dr. Dover's products for CVS are actually pretty well-rated and a great bargain. I like his enzyme scrub/mask. YOu can get great deals on his stuff pretty often at CVS. :)
emalove emalove 8 years
Yes, good to know!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to know, and interesting.
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