PEPTIDES – Why they are a must in any anti-ageing regime

As people age, they lose collagen which results in sagging and wrinkled skin. In Australia’s sunny climate, too much sun exposure makes the damage happen more rapidly.
Since collagen is a protein composed of long chains of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds, peptides play an important role in replacing lost collagen. As collagen breaks down, the protein chains break up into smaller chains of peptides. The resulting peptide chains send signals to the body to produce more collagen.
Since peptides are small, they can penetrate the skin’s protective barriers. Applying peptides directly to the skin through good skin care products tricks the skin into thinking that it has lost collagen recently and needs to produce more. This makes it an extremely powerful ingredient to use to fight the ageing process.
At The Beauty Counter, we have given our product ranges a review – for your information, these are our top 3 favourite products which contain collagen-stimulating peptides:
1. Societe Intense Firming Complex – This amazing serum contains antioxidants and “Neuro/Toxin-Like” Peptides which have a ‘muscle-relaxing’ effect, smoothing out lines and wrinkles. This is a firm favourite in any anti-ageing skincare regime. This product will firms and rejuvenates the skin with Collagen Stimulating Peptides. View this product
2. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum – This is the number one more effective anti-ageing serum available on this website. If you are a skincare junkie and currently apply several serums to your skin, this turbo-charged serum will simplify your regime by replacing most of them – it is brimming with anti-ageing ingredients, including high potency peptides. View this product
3. Cosmedix’s Eye Genius – This super-charged eye treatment corrects the look of eye lines, crow’s feet, puffiness, dark circles and more. It contains 5 firming peptides to plump out those crows feet! View this product

8 Reasons why your skin needs Niacinamide (Vitamin B)

Niacinamide, or vitamin B3 is essential in any serious skincare regime. We love Aspect’s Extreme B17 serum. I apply it at least once daily.
8 Reasons why your skin needs Niacinamide.
#1 Boosting the immunity of your skin.
There are cells in your skin known as Langerhans cells. They are responsible for the immunity and repair mechanisms of your skin. They are shy little guys and when you expose your skin to the sun they temporarily retreat leaving the skin without it’s usual immunity against invading microbes or to safeguard against the activity of precancerous lesions.
#2 Improves Epidermal barrier performance.
Everything about your skin is better when the Epidermal lipid barrier is functioning at its peak. Your lipid barrier keeps your skin moist, hydrated and protected from the harshness of the environment regardless of the time of year.  Niacinamide increases the production of ceramides (an essential component of your lipid barrier), keeping the skin strong and preventing Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
#3 Improves redness and blotchiness in the skin.
With an improved epidermal lipid barrier the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from external aggressors becomes vastly improved. Over time this improvement in skin structure reduces the redness, blotchiness and sensitivity brought about by exposure to the environment due to poor barrier function.
#4 Regulated oil flow.
When your skin is able to retain it’s natural moisture with a well functioning lipid barrier, the natural oil flow of the skin becomes regulated. So if you are plagued with an oily skin, rather than trying to scrupulously wash it all away and exacerbate the problem, consider topically applied Niacinamide as an essential factor in getting any excessive oil flow under control.
#5 Protects skin from infrared light.
Niacinamide protects the skin from the infrared heat of the sun. Along with the damaging effects of UV exposure, infrared activates free radicals and stimulates an overproduction of pigmented cells and if your pigmentation is hormonal, any heat is very bad news. Niacinamide is essential for protecting the skin from heat.
#6 Hyper-pigmentation.
The transfer of pigment (melanosomes) from your melanocytes to the surrounding skin of your epidermis is known as a tan. However, over time, this activity becomes dysfunctional and many of us end up with uneven, blotchy pigmentation rather than a golden tan. If your skin has become susceptible to hyper-pigmentation then Niacinamide will assist in the reduction of uneven pigmentation by slowing down the transfer of melanin to your skin’s epidermis. Including this clever ingredient into any hyper-pigmentation treatment plan is a must do!
#7 Minimise lines and wrinkles.
Niacinamide boosts collagen production. Along with the improvement of the skin’s lipid barrier comes an improvement in cell differentiation which contributes to better synthesis and formation of collagen and elastin. Music to my ears!!
#8 Dull and sallow skin.
While many antioxidants prevent damage caused by oxidative stress and AGE’s, Niacinamide goes one step further and reverses the visible signs brought about by the onslaught. As time goes by and with the constant exposure to free radicals and glycation the skin can appear dull and sallow. Niacinamide as an antioxidant reduces this negative impact and improves the skin’s ability to deal with the damage that leaves the skin yellow, sallow and dull. No one wants that!
Aspect Extreme B17
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How Does Topical Vitamin C Benefit Your Skin?

Along with Vitamin A, Vitamin C is one of the ingredients that constitute what I would regard as part of the ‘holy grail’ of ingredients that effectively protect your skin against ageing.
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in skin care. It helps slow down the ageing process by preventing free radical damage. Long-term topical use has been clinically shown to regenerate collagen and improve the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C also lightens pigmentation and brightens over all skin tone. Therefore, it is used in a lot of anti-aging and skin lightening products.
However, not all vitamin C products are created equal! Many skin care brands claim that their products contain vitamin C, however there are many different types of vitamin C and the doses between products also differ.
We stock two products that will give your skin a huge vitamin C boost –
1. Societe’s Triple C Vitamin Therapy Serum – A revolutionary blend of three different, unique stabilized Vitamin C, offering high antioxidant, collagen boosting properties without irritation.
2. Aspect’s Extreme C, a vitamin C serum which together with Vitamin C contains age-fighting amino peptides.
Aspect Extreme C

Glycosaminoglycans and skin hydration

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 Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are the body’s natural moisturisers. They are hydrophilic molecules that help to draw water into your skin and keep your skin hydrated. By holding moisture within our skin cells, they help to maintain your skin’s structural integrity by providing volume, elasticity and firmness.  While a lot of focus is placed on the production of the collagen and elastin, it is actually the role of the GAG’s that plays an equally important role in preventing wrinkles. Decreased dermal glycosaminoglycans are thought to contribute to dry skin, wrinkles and atrophy. In skin care products, they are essential to the epidermal and dermal cells metabolism and help to rebuild and repair collagen in the skin.
Often many of our clients are using cosmetic products that will only work on moisturising the uppermost layers of your skin, providing only temporary relief from dry/dehydrated skin. It is important to work on your skins natural moisturising factors at a deeper level. To do this you need to improve your GAG levels with cosmeceutical products. Two topical ingredients that will improve the GAG content in your skin are alpha hydroxy acids and hyaluronic acid. Speak to us about which products will help to improve your GAG content!