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The Science of Skincare: Amino Peptides

Hale Cosmeceuticals takes pride in always being on the cutting edge of skincare. That means our skincare products are formulated using the most advanced technologies, and among them are amino peptides.

What Are Amino Peptides?

Amino acids are the building block of proteins. Amino peptides are two or more amino acids linked together in a chain formation.

What Do Amino Peptides Do?

Amino peptides may perform a number of functions, including:

  • Combine with other peptide chains to form a new protein (which are, themselves the building blocks of enzymes and tissues)
  • Facilitate intra- and intercellular communication

Amino peptides are present in and in-between every cell in the body. Life simply could not continue without them.

What Are the Benefits of Amino Peptides in Skin?

Amino peptides can help slow the cellular aging process and relax facial muscles for smoother, younger-looking skin. The details:

Some amino peptides, like Matrixyl (actually a combination of two peptides), signal fibroblasts—a specific type of skin cell—to produce more collagen. Collagen is a protein in the dermal matrix that gives skin its firmness and tone. Natural collagen production declines with age, and collagen fibers are continually damaged by oxidative stress. So, an increase in collagen production gives skin a natural lift.

Other amino peptides, most notably Argireline (a neuropeptide), interferes with nerve-muscle communication, inhibiting involuntary muscle contraction called the Snare complex. The relaxion in facial muscles results in reduced visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Do I Infused My Skincare with Amino Peptides?

Hale Cosmeceuticals gives you a number of ways to deliver amino peptides to your skin for increased tone and lift:

All our peptide formulations are suitable for any skin type, and many can be used in combination with your favorite moisturizers and spot treatments.

Not sure which one is best for you? Contact us and request samples of our peptide product lineup.

Why Walnuts Should Be Part of Your Skin-Healthy Diet

There’s only so much that even advanced skincare products can do if you’re not feeding your skin the right stuff from the inside. For those looking for ways to boost the skin-friendliness of your diet, then add walnuts (in moderation, of course). Here’s why: (more…)

Don’t Let Stress Do This to Your Skin Care

StressIs “New Year, New You” already putting you under pressure to do more and do it all better? Even if your resolutions aren’t what’s causing you stress, there’s likely a million other factors quickening your pulse and robbing you of sleep…right?

You probably already know that you need to manage your stress so that it doesn’t make you sick. We also want to make sure that your stress isn’t getting in the way of a healthy skin care routine…because looking as stressed as you feel just makes matters worse.

The Negative Effects of Stress on Skin

Stress is both an emotional and (more…)

Can Stress Cause Wrinkles?

Youth and beauty, like time and money, have been and still are valued by almost everyone throughout the ages. Though there have been cultures and times when wrinkles were considered to be respected as a sign of wisdom, they have become more of a nuisance and reminder that we have spent too much time in the sun.

But, can stress cause wrinkles? Is it more than just oxidative stress that is etching lines in your countenance? The short answer is yes.

How Stress Causes Wrinkles

The relationship with stress and wrinkles is somewhat complex, but to make a long story short, stress can cause wrinkles in several ways.

  1. Poor diet and breathing

When people are under stress, they tend to eat and breathe poorly. Decreased oxygen and nutrition will diminish cellular vitality and resilience.

  1. Muscle fatigue and memory

People under duress tend to furrow and frown more. Over time, the muscles used to smile and lift atrophy while those lines seem to get etched into your complexion, chasing away your youthful appearance

  1. Oxidative stress

If stress causes you to drink more alcohol or smoke, you add oxidative stress at the cellular level, diminishing the collagen and elastin in your dermal matrix and speeding up the formation of wrinkles.

That isn’t all, either. Research is now showing that prolonged stress also leads to the premature shortening of telomeres. Telomeres are the regions at the end of our chromosomes that naturally shorten as we age. When telomeres get too short, they can no longer function in cell reproduction. That means skin cells with shortened telomeres die, reducing the rate of skin cell turnover that keeps your skin looking youthful. So, though we know wrinkles are often inevitable, they may come ahead of time if we have a stressful lifestyle.

The Good News about Stress and Wrinkles

Stress does not have to be a way of life. Though many of us have gotten used to stress and think that all we can do is manage it, there are actually ways to reduce stress and professionals who can help us do just that. Changing the way we perceive situations and respond to them can make a huge difference; improving nutrition and hydration will, too.

Of course, in the meantime, there are also a number of skincare technologies that can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Check out Hale Cosmeceuticals’ line of peptide treatments and potent antioxidant products.

What’s the Difference between Dry Acne and Oily Acne?

Acne is frustrating no matter at what age you are afflicted. Those blemishes just put daggers in the heart of your self-esteem when they stare back at you in the mirror.

Everyone seemingly has a suggestion for how to deal with it, ranging from blatant urban legends (like using toothpaste) to more scientifically based methods. Unfortunately for many, these well-intentions suggestions haven’t delivered the cure. If that is the case for you, the reason many be that you are using the wrong treatment for your type of acne. (more…)

Can Men Use Women’s Skincare Products?

A sea of options, a plethora of products to address any skin ailment…can you use them if you’re a dude?

Yes. And please, do.

Differences in Men and Women’s Skin

It should come as no surprise that the hormonal differences between men and women have effects on the skin. Increased androgens in men result in thicker skin, increased oil production and, of course, (more…)

Five Beauty Hacks to Avoid

Whether it’s truly a time crunch or just a natural curiosity, we’ve all been tempted to take the easy way out, even in the name of beauty. Consequently, there are lots of beauty bloggers happy to share their latest “beauty hack.” Proudly pronouncing their successful method to achieve maximum benefit with minimal effort, they can be very convincing.

But viewer beware. Most of these beauty “experts” are not experts at all. Using a scrap of science and inflating it to dangerous proportions, these “beauty hacks” end up exacerbating the very problem they were designed to fix or possibly creating a new problem altogether. (more…)

Dry Skin, Acne or Eczema—Which Do I Have?

Being comfortable in your own skin is tough when you’ve got uncomfortable skin. Accurate diagnosis and treatment is paramount to addressing the cause and providing relief so that you can put your best face forward.

Some conditions have similar symptoms and may be difficult to tell apart. Improper treatment can exacerbate the condition and prolong healing time. While a dermatologist can, of course, diagnose dry skin, acne or eczema, there are some signs and factors that can help you determine your own skin condition. (more…)

Spring Beauty Trends to Look Forward To

Temperatures are continuing to trend downward, but the beauty industry already has its sights on spring. If the makeup looks on the runway are any indicator of what’s going to be all the rage early in 2018, here’s what to look forward to:

Smudgy eyeliner

One of the most noticeable eye makeup trends is a continuation of what we saw for fall/winter—a lack of (more…)

The Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts come from Hale Cosmeceuticals!

It never fails that as soon as you think your holiday shopping is done, you remember one more name that should have been on your list. This is not a time to panic. It’s simply the time to stop deliberating and go to the place you know you will find something everyone can use (but that a lot of people will not “treat” themselves to)—quality skincare products from Hale Cosmeceuticals.

About Our Line of Skincare Products

In case you are new to Hale Cosmeceuticals, there are a few things you should know about us and our product line:

Because we invest our money in our R & D and sustainable ingredient sourcing, not our marketing, our products are available at better prices than you’ll find from our competitors.

Gift Ideas

When it comes to finding that perfect gift for a special someone, there are two strategies:

  • Select one of our pre-made gift sets

Hale Cosmeceuticals has gift sets of carefully selected products for basic skin care, goal-focused skin care (like anti-aging and skin brightening) and an at-home pampering spa experience.

We have small and large gift sets to accommodate a range of holiday gift budgets.

  • Make your own gift set

You know the recipient better than we do, so you may know more about what they want and need. If that’s the case, pick and choose from our entire selection of cleansers, masques, serums, moisturizers and more to create a unique gift set that gives the added gift of younger-looking, healthier skin.

If you like the idea of gifts that give skin health a lift but have no idea what the person you’re shopping for would like, contact us to purchase a gift certificate.

We Accommodate Last-Minute Shoppers

Hale Cosmeceuticals offers top-notch customer service. We process and ship most orders received before 12:00 pm (CST) the same day. However, if you’re in a pinch and our standard shipping options are not fast enough, let us know. We can arrange for expedited shipping (additional fees may apply).

From all of us at Hale Cosmeceuticals:

We wish you and yours very Happy Holidays!

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