We Googled peptides and were redirected to Wikipedia (naturally). Reading the definition for peptides, we recognized the words “biological, molecules, bond, and amino acid. We did not recognize the words oligomer, polysaccharides, amyloid beta, or every third word.
Luckily, we found a site that broke it down: peptides are proteins. They are natural or synthetic. Most peptides “function as moisture-binding agents and almost all of them have theoretical cell-communicating ability to help skin repair itself.”¹
Peptides are not the miracle ingredient when dealing with aging skin, but when combined with other ingredients, they can help skin look smoother, firmer, and, yes, younger.
Le Mieux Cosmetics makes use of molecule HA (hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in our skin and is identical in all humans and any species) as a base to hold in moisture, not water. Products have what the company calls a “cell target delivery system utilizing encapsulation technology.” The focus for founder Janel Luu and her company are anti-aging research, anti-aging products, and cell growth technology.
We arrived at Le Mieux in Pasadena, a big concrete and black 2-story building. The newly renovated building’s ground floor has offices and a showroom with shag area carpeting, beige and wood stream-lined chairs and center table, textured walls, lots of natural light, two geometrically-shaped walls displaying products and two groovy swirly glass chandeliers.
After introductions, we were led up the stairs (along which are three intriguing miniature men sculptures—hanging or climbing we couldn’t quite tell, but we want a set). On the second floor, a side room has been configured for facials and where interested aestheticians are trained in Le Mieux products, while the spacious central area has guest chairs, a large screen and room for demonstrations.
We were regaled with facts and more words we didn’t understand, which required repetition, spelling, and patience. Soon we were requested to bare an arm and we received a spray, then the vibration of Le Mieux’s facial scrubber. It’s an ultrasonic, handheld device that is, we’re told, a non-invasive way to exfoliate, extract, and penetrate. It’s supposed to help absorption of serums and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Though it was done on the most tanned and leathery part of our body, our forearms, we do believe the skin felt softer. We could only imagine what it would do for our aging facial skin. Make us ageless?
We also received a spray of Iso-cell recovery solution, which is a facial toner with eight minerals. It is said to soothe distressed skin, aid in the healing process to prevent scarring, and calm skin irritation. Zinc, magnesium, and potassium in the spray nourish cells. Marine algae and botanical extracts are incorporated, too, and Iso-Cell is formulated to mimic our blood’s composition.
Le Mieux’s TGF-B Booster contains antioxidants, 5 proteins, and 4 peptides to moisturize, promote firmness, and put skin cells back in balance. The company is a known authority on serums, though it offers creams and lotions, too, but which only go so far, we are told. What is needed is a good “delivery” system for the serums. Luu instructs her employees to be honest about what will and will not work for a particular client. What damage may be suspended, healed and to what extent—and what cannot.
Vit. C serum with M.A.P. (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) is another Le Mieux product that is popular. Le Mieux imports this main ingredient from Japan because it’s the most stable form of vitamin C. The Japanese often use M.A.P. as a whitening agent. Le Mieux uses it as a brightening agent. Best for dull, tired skin. (How about for dull, tired, aging brains? Are injections available?)
When the opportunity arose, we mentioned a friend who would be arriving that evening who was an aesthetician in San Francisco. Then, upon our departure, we were surprised to receive two goody bags of product. Being of a natural, makeup-free persuasion and feeling impressed when we buy an upper tier name brand soap and an actual face lotion versus just slathering cheap body lotion on our face, we had no experience with Le Mieux products, let alone recognize their name and brand. So when we presented the goody bag to our friend, we weren’t sure how she’d react. She was thrilled. She was delighted. She’d been wanting to try Le Mieux products for some time and couldn’t wait to test them. She was even more impressed when we pulled the TGF-B serum out and told her the bottle runs around $65. “Wow,” she remarked, eyes widening. “Usually these run a minimum of $100.”
Le Mieux ships 55-pound drums of freeze-dried collagen to Japan where their bio-cell mask is produced. When our friend saw she’d received a mask, she was ecstatic.
In the week since we visited Le Mieux, we’ve conscientiously washed our face every night, sprayed on the Iso-Cell, then applied the thick—but spreadable and absorbing—serum, finishing with the 24-Hour Age Defying Cream (yes, we were given that one because we’re at that point in our lives). We will admit that our skin looks less dry, though not shiny as in greasy, and that our age lines (very deep, and very numerous on a typical day) don’t look as pronounced. Firmer? Not so much, but that may be our “baby” fat getting in the way, and yes, we say that with tongue in cheek.
On Thursday, July 24th, people are welcome to stop by Le Mieux, wash off their makeup, enjoy a refreshing drink and small bite, then proceed upstairs to the see, hear, and learn about toners, serums and moisturizers, as well as easy home care. (If guests are interested in facials, Le Mieux has local aestheticians trained in their products who they can recommend.)
And don’t forget to take your turn with Visia.
This is a machine that uses a Proctor & Gamble complexion analysis software and analyzes eight skin features such as UV damage, brown spots, wrinkles, pores, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. UV photography measures surface skin and the condition of subsurface skin. The skin’s surface may even be viewed in 3D. Then, based on one’s skin condition, guests are welcome to sample Le Mieux products. No one is obliged to make a purchase, but all will leave with a gift bag and a little more glow. Win-win.
Now we must step aside and put a freeze-dried marine collagen, serum-saturated, peptide potent bio-cell mask on our face. Excuse us as we attempt to brighten, firm, and lift.
Le Mieux Beauty Event for the Public
Thursday, July 24th, 5:30-8 p.m.
760 E. Walnut, Pasadena
RSVP by email or call 888.327.8188