Growth factors are something that might sound intimidating to most people, at least those without a scientific background…the majority of our population. But, they aren’t part of mad scientists’ plan to take over the world. Typically, growth factors are naturally present within our bodies, but they can also be created.
But, what do they do?
The Role of Growth Factors in Skincare
In the skincare industry, they naturally play a big role in helping the skin to repair itself. But as we age these growth factors are not as abundant, naturally, that is. So, a lot of research, development, and time has gone into skincare products created with infused growth factors to bring life back to aging skin.
Growth factors are proteins naturally produced within your body, which offer support to your skin’s signaling properties. In simpler terms, growth factors instruct your skin cells to behave. While they guide some cells into producing more collagen to help with firmness, they have others doing the work to repair your skin.
Healthy and young skin can handle this process on its own due to the presence of a good amount of growth factors. However, as we age, they start to disappear. This is why skincare with added growth factors could be an important addition to your daily routine.
Who Should be Using Growth Factors in their Skincare?
Anyone can use skincare products with growth factors because they are very well-tolerated by most people. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone should be using them or needs to…yet.
They are best used on aging, sagging, dull, or damaged skin. They help to regenerate growth factors that are missing in the skin with any of those signs.
Having said that, getting a head start before reaching that point won’t hurt. So, if you are not experiencing any signs of aging or damage, but want to use a product designed for increasing growth factors, all is good. Many skincare experts believe that products with growth factors are milder than alternative retinol-based products.
But, if you are just starting to look into this you will most likely encounter both human growth factor and plant growth factor products. So…what to choose?
Human Growth Factors Vs Plant Growth Factors
Before venturing out to purchase a growth factor product, you might want to know the difference between human growth factors and plant growth factors, because there are both of these types of products to choose from.
Human growth factors
Human growth factors can be derived from various human cells, such as skin cells, fat stem cells, or bone marrow cells. These work by stimulating the biochemical pathway which will aid in promoting skin regeneration and repair, as well as the promotion of collagen.
The purpose of these added growth factors is to provide the skin with a way to lessen sagging, and dullness, and improve texture. Two well-received examples of products with human growth factors are the following:
1. SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum - This enhanced serum is quite popular and blends a combination of powerful growth factors, antioxidants, and peptides. They all work to help repair and improve the skin to a healthy functioning condition. The product is split in the container with TNS MR (an advanced blend of growth factors) in one chamber, and Renessensce Advanced (active botanicals and marine extracts) in the other. When blended they form a lightweight serum that is easily absorbed into the skin. To use, simply dispense the product into your hand, blend, and apply it to your freshly cleansed face, neck, and chest area.
2. Neocutis Bio Serum Firm - This serum is nourishing while infusing the skin with a powerful blend of proprietary peptides and human growth factors. Adding sodium hyaluronate will help your skin grab onto and retain moisture. Rapid results, in less than a week, have been reported by many users. To use, apply this serum both morning and evening on freshly cleansed face, neck, and chest.
Plant growth factors
Relatively new to the scene, products are being created with plant growth factors as well. Some rare and exciting ingredients may include prickly pear, mountain apples, or barley. To know the long-term results and effectiveness, much of this is premature. But, results are positive so far, nonetheless.
One of these products is iS Clinical Active Serum. This serum is a fast-acting formula designed to be long-term and provides quick results. Perhaps one of the quickest results in these types of products actually, with noticeable results often seen within just a couple of days.
This product is quite potent and might result in a slight cooling and tingly sensation after application. That is normal and should not be a concern unless it becomes more intense than a 'slight' sensation, or doesn’t go away. It’s best to do a test on a small area of the skin first. It is good for all skin types and is less costly than some other products in the same category. The key benefits include:
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Helps to even out the skin tone
- Diminishes blemishes
- Softens and smoothes the skin
- Produces quick and long-lasting noticeable results
- Helps the pores to appear smaller
- Free of paraben
To use, place 3 to 4 drops of the serum into the palm of your hand. Use your fingertips to dab the serum, then apply it evenly over your face and neck area.
Growth factors in skincare, both human and plant-based, are a great addition to your daily skincare routine, especially if you have aging or damaged skin. They work well to stimulate collagen, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and give the skin an overall more youthful appearance.
They are generally well-tolerated and can be used on all skin types.