Words like “retinoids” and “antioxidants” are fully understood and their importance isn’t underestimated, but the new kids – growth factors – still aren’t getting the top billing they deserve. Happily, we’re here to fill you in on skincare’s most underrated ingredient.
The skinny on growth factors
Growth factors are often confused with stem cells but they’re very different. If you’re using stem cells as a scientist, you can use them to grow other cells of any type. If you’re using them in your skincare, they’re usually derived from plants and merely function as an antioxidant. Growth factors, however, are proteins found naturally in your body. They can attach to the receptors of other cells and deliver commands that include “rejuvenate”.
Sadly, growth factors and collagen are in the same boat when it comes to their availability. You’ll have lots of them we’re you’re young but their proliferation will decline as you age. Fewer growth factors result in fewer anti-ageing messages being delivered and that, plus the added effect of collagen loss is the perfect environment for a loss of firmness.
While things sound bleak, you’ll be glad to know they’re not. Scientists have discovered that it’s possible to supplement your dwindling growth factor stash by including them in your skincare routine.
Firm up fast!
If your goal is to enjoy a complexion that looks it’s very best, at every age, you’re going to want to include products that contain growth factors. As they’re next-generation actives, you’re not likely to find them on beauty counters in department stores, but they’re bountiful in cosmeceutical skincare lines like Endocare.
Every product in the Endocare's collection contains growth factors derived from snail secretions. Theses can kick start ageing fibroblasts that have started to slow down collagen production as well as synthesise new ones. If firming up your skin is a priority, you’ll most appreciate Endocare Tensage Concentrate. It contains more growth factors than the brand’s other products as well as collagen-encouraging peptides and ingredients that promise to diminish pigmentation.
The bottom line
In the same way, it’s important to eat a balanced diet that ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals you need for good health, your skin requires a mix of active ingredients to function at its best. Take a look at what exists in your skincare routine. Ideally, you want potent antioxidants, collagen-encouragers like retinoids, exfoliating acids, sunscreen and, of course, growth factors.
If you’re unsure your skin is getting what it needs, consider chatting to an aesthetic doctor or highly skilled skin care therapist who can help you create a routine that can deliver real results. With the right active ingredients, you can prevent premature ageing, target particular concerns and reveal your most radiant complexion yet.
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