There are so many marketing buzzwords when it comes to skincare – from peptides to hyaluronic acid, to growth factors – these ingredients sound on-trend but what do they actually mean? And what percentage of good stuff does your skincare product actually contain?
Many skincare companies have trace amounts of the ingredients your skin needs, but it’s either too large to penetrate the skin barrier (the 500 Dalton Rule), or there’s not enough of it to do much good.
Why skincare product ingredients are so important
Ingredients like growth factors play a vital role in maintaining your skin’s elasticity and they’re key components in maintaining the firmness of your facial skin. Using skincare products with growth factors also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reversing visible signs of aging.
But before you grab the first product you find that says it contains growth factors, let’s explore what this ingredient is, what it does, and why it’s such a crucial component to healthy, beautiful skin.
What Are Growth Factors & Why Do We Need Them?
Discovered by scientists in the 1950s, growth factor technology earned scientists a Nobel Prize in 1986. The revolutionary goal for growth factors in skincare products is to support the repair of damaged skin, provide firmness, elasticity, and play a vital role in maintaining the skin’s protective barrier.
Growth factors are natural substances found throughout your body - proteins that move between cells, conveying critical messages relevant to growth and healing, like Miracular Cellular Communication in skincare rejuvenation systems.
As you get mature, your cells produce fewer and fewer growth factors, which leads to wrinkles and fine lines, excessive dark spots and blotches, uneven tone and texture, and acute dryness.
Growth factors help nourish, heal, and repair the skin from the inside out – so it’s important to use skincare products with a high concentration of growth factors to rejuvenate and restore your skin’s youthful appearance.
Where Do Growth Factors Come From?
Although our bodies produce growth factors, advances in bioscience and technology mean we have been able to create multiple sources of growth factors.
While all cells can produce growth factors, the makeup of these growth factors means they are best suited for helping the function of the cells that produce them. For example, skin cells producing growth factors will help skin cells, like bone marrow growth factors will help bone marrow cells.
With this logic and understanding of how our bodies work, we know that the ideal growth factors produced by skin cells are called fibroblasts. The function of fibroblasts is to maintain your skin’s firmness, elasticity, and maintain its protective barrier.
Do Growth Factors Really Work?
There have been several clinical studies conducted over the last decade that have highlighted the benefits of topically applied growth factors. From improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to improving the texture and color of facial skin, studies show that skincare products with growth factors can switch on the genes responsible for fibroblast activity, turning up collagen production and making the skin look bright and refreshed.
What Other Products Should I Use with Growth Factors?
The first step to maintaining healthy skin is to make sure that you regularly cleanse your face to remove dirt, oil build-up, and air-born pollutants.
Products containing antioxidants, like Vitamin C help neutralize free radicals caused by sun exposure and provide an extra layer of protection beyond sunscreen. Face Serum that contains growth factors, sea kelp, antioxidants, and collagen-boosting peptides deliver cellular level rejuvenation and repair.
Who Should Use Growth Factor Products?
Although clinical studies show that skincare products containing growth factors can benefit literally any age for environment protection and the maintenance of healthy skin, the most positive results are seen in skin that is mature and has prematurely aged.
Both women and men with early signs of aging caused by sun damage can benefit from growth factors, because it helps eliminate fine lines, blotches and dark spots - and kick starts collagen production, making facial skin firm and restores skin health.
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