Everybody’s doing it. You are, I am, they are….what, you may ask…AGING! I know, bummer, right. Now don’t get me wrong, I am GRATEFUL for the wisdom, the lessons, etcetera, HOWEVER, I am NOT A FAN of WRINKLES!!! Who is with me??!!??
Let’s find out how they form, so we can then look at what we are seeing in ingredients and products that are addressing aging.
The basic structure of the skin is epidermis (what you see) and the dermis (what you don’t). (geeks4beauty who need more specifics- click on YOUR SKIN tab above) the epidermis provides a barrier, not just from foreign invaders (bacteria that can cause any number of skin challenges, ie acne), but from LOSING MOISTURE!!!!
OK, we all know how crazy I am about hydration…right? IMHO the 2 easiest things you can do to keep your skin healthy and youthful is HYDRATION and SUN PROTECTION- every skin, every day, male or female, young or old.
So what does that fact have to do with aging and ME? A lot, actually… you see just below what you can touch, is a fantastic world of moisture and metabolic processes that allow your body to replace cells, nutrients, and do their day to day jobs. THE MOISTURE IS KEY TO METABOLIC FUNCTIONS. We are made of mostly water (approximately 70%), so this makes sense, no?
So if your skin cells are swathed in moisture, they can function better- BUT THAT IS NOT ALL, as we age everything starts to slow down, including the production of proteins that are a huge part of every process in the body, but are now being used in serious age management protocols- Growth Factors!
Growth factors are natural messenger proteins that allow communication between cells in our body. They are the control mechanism for all wound healing, repairing skin that is damaged from natural aging. As we age, our bodies produce lower levels of natural growth factors resulting in more breakdown of collagen that is the foundational support to the skin. Over the past decade, many universities are researching if supplementing the skin with topical growth factors may enhance natural repair processes that accelerate the reversal of skin aging. To date, multiple clinical studies show that topical application of growth factors reduce the signs and symptoms of skin aging including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and increase in the production of collagen.
There are several topical growth products available on the market today; however choosing the right one is an important decision. There are two main ways to harvest growth factors:
1) derive the growth factors from natural skin cells, or
2) synthetically create individual growth factors.
Research demonstrates that the ideal topical product is a physiologically balanced mixture of skin-cell derived growth factors (active proteins) that work synergistically to promote skin repair. This mixture is regarded as superior because it most closely resembles the complexity of the skin’s natural process of combating aging.
There are plant- derived growth factors that are promising to show the same results- apple stem cells have been shown to do much of the same as human derived epidermal growth factors.
I have had the pleasure of trying many of the available products with GF’s in them. The one that I saw that had great results, did not smell funky (they can smell real funky), that worked the best for the $$- FIX Malibu’s The Works (this is a moisturizer NOT a serum), I saw changes in a mere few weeks. Number 2, is BENEV’s GF-DNA Repair Serum, is lovely as well.
You should always use on clean skin. I also incorporate skin stamping (micro needle collagen stimulation) and alternate my Radiancy LHE photofacial treatment. You should see results with just adding a GF serum to your regimen in the pm, I would start in my early 30’s, if you are trying to figure out if it is time for you to add to your regimen.
Let me know which brand of growth factor product you have tried and why YOU love it!