Ageing, Sun-Damaged Skin? Growth Factors Are What You Need!
Growth Factors are natural substances made by our cells to maintain healthy skin. They essentially control everything – regulate cell production, growth, division and maturation! We need them to keep healthy and looking good with a well-functioning skin. As we and our skin ages, fewer growth factors are produced, decreasing the functionality of our skin and increasing the rate at which our skin ages.
If we add good quality growth factors to our skin diligently, every day, we can help to keep the skin functioning well with fewer wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess and with improved, more youthful tones and texture.
- We’ll maintain the skin’s firmness and suppleness
- We’ll support the repair of damaged cells, including collagen and elastin
All cells produce Growth Factors, however individual types produced are usually more relevant to the health of the cell that produces it. This means that a growth factor produced by a fat cell will best help the functionality of fat cells, not bone cells or muscle cells or skin cells.
Modern science has come to the fore – again! Making it possible, in a laboratory, to manipulate growth factors from plants and human sources to be made to act like a cell from any chosen source. This has in so many ways revolutionised the ability of skin care products to restore youth to an ageing skin. However, like all new things, it can be done well and be effective or be done purely as a marketing tool.
How are Growth Factors Produced?
Take a culture dish, add a few adult human fat cells (for instance) and watch. Stem cells are produced and from these, growth factors are secreted: 150-300 types are available. These are collected, leaving the stem cells behind to continue to work. When the growth factors are introduced to the skin they differentiate (change) into multiple skin cell types in order to repair and replace any damaged cells.
Benefits of Growth Factors
- Increases new healthy cells and functionality of the skin, protecting and stimulating
- Wound repair – deep down and on the surface
- Collagen production – fewer lines
- Creation of new blood vessels – more nutrients and oxygen where it’s needed
- Increases the number of collagen-producing cells and improves their efficiency
- Increases immune cell production, improving the ability to fight viral and bacterial infections
- Promotes epithelial cell production improving tone and texture of the skin
How To Use Growth Factors
Many skin care products now contain plant stem cells (such as Organic Nation serums) and growth factors. Choose the ones with no nasties, that are certified organic and that include other active ingredients. Massage them well into your skin and use twice a day.
If you have or are developing any of the signs of ageing and/or have any sun-damage, growth factors are for you! You will see a significant difference within 6-12 weeks using them twice a day.
For optimal results also use:
- A Vitamin C serum and a Vitamin A serum as they work differently in the skin but allow the growth factors the optimal conditions to act
- Physical UV protection – every day to protect your newly rejuvenated skin
- Look after your lifestyle: sleep, food, drink, no smoking etc.
How to Use:
Growth Factor molecules are large and, therefore, difficult to absorb into the skin. By applying serums containing them first, after cleansing and then layering other serums on top you will assist in their absorption by manually “pushing” the molecules into the skin.
If they are in a cream, use them over your serums, however these are best used at night so they absorb and act whilst you sleep. Aspect SMC is one of these.
Our fave Growth Factor product is Osmosis MD StemFactor:
It is quite unique due to their “wrapping” the growth factors in exosomes. These are natural substances, protective envelopes that surround each growth factor allowing it to have a longer life, better penetration and more activation at the receptor site. This means that this product is really effective!!
Osmosis MD also suggest spraying their Clear or Osmosis MD Boost Spray over the serums and massaging them into the skin before applying moisturisers and sunblocks. It truly makes an enormous difference!
If you are concerned about the health of your skin or how it is ageing we cannot recommend this product enough!
Why not give it a go?
Enjoy the New you!
Still not sure?
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