May 6, 2016

Growth Factors Explained: Why You Need Them and How to Add Them to Your Skin Regime

Angie Buonassisi
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Growth factors: can they really turn back the hands of time, regenerate our cells, and turnsus intoageless, uninhibited warriors? Well, they may not be that magical, but after a closer look at growth factors, one thing is for certain: you definitely need to have them in your skin care regime, especially if your skincare goal is to age backwards.

What are growth factors?

Epidermal growth factor, commonly shortened to EGF or simply "growth factor," is a factor that stimulates cell growth,proliferation, differentiation, and is strongly linked not only with healing, but also survival.For those of you who are turned off by the utterance of "growth factors," consider the following: according to an article in The Surgeon of 2008, thefirst growth factor was discovered more than45 years agoand growth factor therapy has since progressed into a“clinical practice in the treatment of wounds."

Growth factor and collagen production

Growth factors are commonly found in medical-grade skincare products for a reason: they help to regenerate the cells, namely collagen, that keeps you looking youthful – not just from the outside in, but literally from the inside out. Growth factors are also known to stimulate fibroblasts, which are cells related toextracellular matrix and collagen. While growth factor-related studies can be difficult to understand and sometimes contradictory, one studymakes the use of growth factors in skincare nearly black and white:“continuous topical application of epidermal growth factor (EGF) to granulation tissue increases the rate of collagen accumulation."

How to add growth factor to your skincare regime

Adding growth factor to your skincare regime is likely a lot more simple than you might expect. While you may be required to switch from a cosmetic line to a medical grade skin care line like ZO Skin Health, you can find growth factor in the ingredients of manyhigh-quality skincare products, usually serums, anti-aging creams, and sometimes eye creams to target the sensitive area around the eyes.ZO Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus is a perfect example of how to work in growth factor to your daily skincare regime with the addition of just one product, applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.This protective gel serum is perfect for all skin types, stimulating cell renewal, hydrating the skin, and assisting with the skin's protective barrier. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Available only at local distributors like Fiore Skin Clinic, ZO Skin Health is a transformative line of medical-grade skincare and is perscribed to patients by our skincare specialist, Suzanne.Interested in working growth factor into your skincare regime and turning the hands of time backwards when it comes to your skin? Go here to book your free consultation to get started on your new skincare line.Photos: Unsplash, Unsplash,

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