Cosmeceutical? Peptide? Not all of us speak “skincare” but it’s important to understand what’s in your products, and why it matters. Sothys USA’s National Training Leader, Jean Stewart, explains skincare terminology and why it matters in her article “The Science Behind Sothys’ Cosmeceuticals,” which we’ve summarized in this blog post for you.
“Cosmeceuticals represent a relationship between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals contain ingredients that improve the look of the skin by delivering nutrients to our skin to create a healthier appearance. They are not considered a drug, but they have a drug-like effect on the skin.”
Skincare ingredients classified as cosmeceuticals come from a variety of sources, such as botanical, herbs, and Hydroxy-acids, to name a few. But the most talked about and utilized cosmeceutical ingredients today are Peptides.
Jean’s Crash Course on Peptides
Peptides are short chains of amino acids, linked by a peptide bond(s). They build up proteins that are essential to our health and they can send messages to our cells to communicate what our body needs. These new peptides are very different from earlier, nonspecific peptides since we can now selectively define the scope of each individual peptide to virtually “program” the desired type of repair or assistance the skin is in need of to look and BE healthier. SOTHYS excels in peptide technology, having developed the original patent for Matrixyl, a peptide that reduces wrinkles and fine lines, increases collagen production and hyaluronic acid.
Find it in Sothys’ SECRETS Cream, Intense Lip Care and Eye Contour Serum.
Neuro-Peptides: The neuroactive peptide (glutamylamidoethyl indole– that’s a mouthful), which is a synthetic dipeptide, is used as a protector of the nervous system, ensuring relaxation, minimizing skin sensitivity, protecting the nerve growth factor and increasing pleasure molecules to give a soothing sensorial experience, and creating a skin comfort zone.
Find it in Sothys Secrets Global Anti-Aging Destressing Serum.
Descrip-Line: This dipeptide complex has a “Botox-like” effect. This peptide combination relaxes expression lines by reducing excess lactic acid in the skin tissues, and increasing the “battery like” molecule in our cells called ATP, a fuel for our cells.
Find it in Sothys Lift Defense series.
Hydroptimale THI3 Institute Treatment: This program brings hydration to the skin in three dimensions.
The first: to auto-regulate water using Optimizer SC Complex, a blend of sugars, algae, and omega-3 and omega -6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are extremely important to the diet of the skin.
The second: to balance the skin’s water flow with Vegetable Osmolytes (water- regulating molecules).
The third: is a Molecular Patch which offers continual time-released hydration.
The Hydroptimale THI3 program of hydration is recommended for all skin types to replenish moisture and prevent water loss. It is a highly recommended treatment to perform as a post care service after an intensive peel or as the perfect program to prepare the skin for winter weather. Results show an increase in the skin’s moisture potential by 76% after a series of 4 weekly Institute Treatments.
About the Author:
Jean Stewart is currently a National Team Leader for Sothys USA, Inc. She has been with the company for over 20 years and much of that time has been dedicated to studying cosmetic ingredients and their effects on the skin.
***Don’t forget to stop by the salon today for your personalized consultation with Jean Stewart, gifts, holiday treats, and to meet our new esthetician, Jamie, who will be giving complimentary glycolic hand treatments and brow wax from 2pm-6pm. See you there!