Ask any dermatologist or skincare obsessed beauty guru their top, essential skincare products and we can guarantee the words “growth factor” will be echoed by all. Quite recently gaining popularity, this ingredient has been around since the 1950’s. Oftentimes ingrained in controversy and confusion, growth factors can do a multitude of good for your skin. Today, we’re sharing what exactly are growth factors and why you may want to add them into your skincare routine.
What are Growth Factors?
Growth factors, in simple terms, are collagen-builders. They are naturally occurring proteins found within your body that help regulate cellular growth, communicate important messages between your cells and help with healing any damaged cells. They also promote collagen and elastin formation, adding firmness and elasticity to the outer layer of the skin. Sounds pretty important, right? That’s because they are! Adding this crucial ingredient into your skincare routine can help fight the signs of aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, defend against environmental stressors (like pollution and UV rays) while also improving the texture and overall tone of your skin. As we age, our cells make fewer quantities of growth factors — resulting in less cell growth and less supple skin and more fine lines and wrinkles — so that’s why adding a facial care product with a high concentration of EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) or FGF (Fibroblast Growth Factor) can be beneficial.
How Do They Work?
So, you know the basics of growth factors; you know what they are and how they can help improve your skin but you still may be wondering how exactly do they work? What happens after you apply an essence or mask that has growth factors included in them? We’re here to help! In high concentrations, when applied to the skin, it has been studied that a fraction of the growth factor enters the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, leading to a dermal stimulation which then leads to collagen production!
Growth factors have also been shown to be even more effective with the addition of antioxidants (like vitamins E or C) or peptides! When selecting a growth factor skin care product, keep that in mind! You’ll oftentimes see results quicker with the inclusion of these important ingredients. One other way that has been shown to produce results quicker is coupling your growth factor skin product with dermatological procedures like needling or resurfacing. Both GF’s and these procedures can help with wrinkles, fine lines and the overall appearance of your skin!
Benefits of Growth Factors
Not only will your skin look amazing with the inclusion of growth factors, you will see a host of other benefits like:
- Skin cell growth – your skin will look and feel rejuvenated because it will be creating more collagen and elastin. This creates a smoother looking complexion.
- Multitasking – Skin care products that contain growth factors are notorious multitaskers; oftentimes tackling all kinds of issues like wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven tons, sagging and dark spots (just to name a few!).
- They’re natural – growth factors are found in abundance in your skin. Products formulated with GF’s make for a more natural, effective and safe alternative to many anti-aging products on the market.
- Pairs well with others – like we’ve mentioned before, growth factors work double time when used in conjunction with antioxidants and peptides, making it easy to incorporate this product into your routine.
- Perfect for any and all skin types – because growth factors are already found in the body, they are great for any skin type! People with skin sensitivities can rest easy adding this gentle protein building product into their regime!
Our Favorite Products
Here at Swanicoco, we love skincare and pride ourselves on providing our consumers with products that contain 90-100% natural ingredients and our GF’s are no different! We have developed and are highlighting two specific ampoules, targeted at protecting and regenerating skin cells.
Our RH Pure Ampoule is created with EFG’s to help protect and strengthen your skin. Our RH Ampule allows your skin to better hold on to moisture, helping to achieve a smoother and suppler complexion. Try patting this highly concentrated essence on your face and neck right after cleansing and say bye-bye to fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation!
Our FGF Pure Ampule is formulated with growth factors in addition to other natural skin boosting ingredients like antioxidants and peptides. This one-two punch of a product delivers intense hydration and skin-boosting benefits like healing damaged skin cells, promoting collagen and elastin production and reducing the appearance of pesky wrinkles. Try pairing this with our EFG Pure Ampule for maximum renewing results!
If essences and serums aren’t your thing, we also have a face mask infused with growth factors! Our 2GF Bio Mix Mask Pack contains both EGF and FGF components. Our bio cellulose masks help to firm skin and boost its elasticity; helping to slow down the signs of aging physically and internally! Try applying this mask after cleansing and toning. Sit back and relax for 15-20 minutes then pat residual serum into your skin and your skin will be left super hydrated and moisturized.