Made up of amino acids, Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles within the body. Amino acids are often referred to as the building blocks of protein and contribute to the formation of all body tissue including muscles, bones, and skin.
The body needs around 20 different amino acids for adequate repair, renewal, and regeneration of body tissue. 9 of these are termed as essential amino acids, meaning the body cannot produce them and we rely on food sources to obtain them.
Complete protein sources are considered as those that offer all 9 of the essential amino acids. These sources include fish, poultry, eggs, beef, pork, dairy, as well as whole sources of soy, which is an essential source alongside vegan and vegetarian diets. Supplemental proteins will vary greatly depending on how they are sourced as well as the manufacturing process, which is vital to a good formulation.
Collagen is the main structural protein found within the body, contributing to around 25% of all body proteins, and helping the skin to maintain its youthful suppleness and tautness. Without collagen, we would not be able to maintain healthy cellular structures and wound healing would not be able to be facilitated. A lack of collagen would further directly impact cellular ageing and lead to the formation of age lines and wrinkles. Of the 13 different types of collagen found within the body, types I to V play a specific role within the skin. There are 3 main amino acids that make up collagen protein, namely proline, lysine and glycine. Of these 3, lysine is an essential amino acid and a diet providing high amounts of this is necessary for collagen formation. Collagen synthesis requires these key amino acids along with other vital elements including vitamin C, zinc and copper to further promote collagen production.
In order to maintain healthy collagen production within the skin, we would need to ensure adequate uptake of proteins, but what about topical skin care, does this truly benefit the skin? To facilitate this function, we turn to peptide technology. Peptides are short string amino acids that supply the skin with these much-needed building blocks for healthy collagen and tissue remodeling benefits. DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care makes use of smart peptide technology within the DermaFix Collagen Conformer and DermaFix Decelerate formulations. These anti-ageing skin correctives help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst promoting healthy collagen production within the skin.
The anti-ageing corrective, Collagen Conformer, accelerates the restructuring of the dermis with an immediate tightening effect or “flash lift” being clearly visible upon application. The DermaFix Collagen Conformer focuses on specific care for mature skin suffering from sagging and lack of firmness. It also accelerates the restructuring of the skin for younger and healthier look.
Because collagen remains in the skin for years, it is especially susceptible to damage that comes with exposure to light radiation and in turn free radical attack. This sustained attack leads to a chemical change called cross-linking; a fancy way of saying that free radicals wreak havoc on the protein molecules that make up our skin and whole bodies. As mentioned, Vitamin C is an ally in maintaining healthy collagen production and protection. Acting as an antioxidant, Vitamin C fights against free-radical attack that leads to the breakdown of existing collagen, whilst stimulating the fibroblast cell, the key cell responsible for collagen and elastin production. Find this protective vitamin in the DermaFix Ferulic + C + E, DermaFix Vitamin C Serum, and the DermaFix ACC Vitamin C corrective formulations.
Ferulic + C + E
Ferulic + C + E provides the skin with a concentrated dose of Vitamin C + E, which is a proven science. This formulation targets hyperpigmentation often noted during pregnancy. The addition of Ferulic Acid furthermore boosts anti-oxidant functionality, providing essential protection against free-radical attack that leads to skin ageing. The Ferulic + C + E improves a variety of skin care concerns including; acne, hyperpigmentation, ageing and environmentally damaged skin.
Studies have shown that Copper Peptides, as found within the DermaFix ACC Copper as well as the DermaFix MD Intensive Scar Repair, have the ability to penetrate the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. This peptide specifically works to generate collagen deep within skin tissues, offering anti-ageing benefits whilst promoting a firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
ACC Copper is an advanced formula which delivers a concentrate of Copper GHK-Cu3 and anti-oxidants to improve the signs of environmentally induced stressed skin. ACC Copper is an anti-inflammatory helping to reduce UV induced erythema (sunburn).
No skin care routine is complete without the inclusion of a high protection sunscreen. DermaFix DermaShield SPF40/SPF50 offers broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB, as well as providing the necessary protection against HEV-light (Blue light). Formulated with Zinc Oxide, these 2 sunscreens provide additional wound healing support alongside their protective benefits.
Adapting your skin care routine as well as your lifestyle and dietary habits will go a long way towards healthy collagen protection, regeneration, and synthesis. For more information on the above-mentioned DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care products, please call us directly on 0861282323, or visit our website www.dermafix.co.za