LOVE this topic! A fellow Cheeky, Julie emailed us the other day and asked us about a certain product she was considering that contained Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (don’t worry, I’ll explain lata) & her question couldn’t have come at a better time! The other day, I was selfishly drafting up this year’s Christmas list (mom & dad if you’re reading this, you’re probably not at all surprised) and one of the items on the list was what Julie was inquiring about. YASS! I love when skincare world’s collide. So I wrote Julie back basically saying, ‘Amazing question and we love us some stem cells!
Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (HFCM) specifically is, ‘A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture’ according to Skinmedica.com. (I’ve been reading some REALLY heavy articles about it and decided their description was the most normal one that made the most sense) When applied topically to the skin, growth factors are one of the best active ingredients for total skin rejuvenation (hence the price tag). Growth factors, like HFCM communicate with your cells to create more & more collagen which in turn gives you a more youthful complexion. Growth factors are super unique because only they can promote collagen and elastin growth at the cellular level. This superior technology gives your skin the building blocks it needs to reenergize & multiply!
Growth factors are found everywhere in your skin (as we age, we produce less of them), and they work by replicating cells, reducing inflammation and stimulating collagen. When you apply growth factors to your skin, you’re giving your body more of what it already makes!
What do growth factors help with?
- Lack of firmness
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Dark spots
- Acne scars
- Rough texture
- Hair loss (lawd, I hope my body is smart enough to not keep growing more hair on my darn face when I use this stuff)
Growth factors amaze me because they are actually able to slow down the maturing process & for me, I imagine it will push back the age when I get my first facelift – WINNING. Any ingredient that can actually slow down aging is a win in my book (have you noticed most products just ‘fix’ something!?). Hence why it’s on the Christmas list and on the blog.
If you’re ready to dive into the world of growth factors, we’ve got a few product suggestions for you to choose from. Drumroll please….
SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum $281 #CheekysChoice
Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick helped to develop SkinMedica and TNS Essential Serum. It was the first product introducing human growth factors.
‘Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (TNS®) A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture.’ – SkinMedica
‘Nourish a mature complexion with Regenica Replenishing Crème. This growth factor-infused cream uses advanced technology to encourage the renewal and repair of aging skin cells. Vitamin C and salicylic acid help gentle exfoliate to create bright, clear and balanced skin, while vitamin A helps support the growth of healthy collagen. Licorice and chamomile extracts calm inflammation, and hyaluronic acid, shea butter, coconut oil and squalane help keep skin hydrated and comfortable. With regular use, you can replenish lost moisture and enjoy a healthier, younger-looking complexion.’ – Regenica
Neocutis Bio-Cream $120
‘Neocutis Bio-Cream (with PSP) is a nighttime treatment that nourishes skin and restores a more youthful glow. This anti-aging cream works to diminish fine lines, soften a rough texture, improve skin firmness and create a more even skin tone. PSP, the key ingredient in Bio-Cream, is a proprietary blend of growth factors, cytokines and interleukins. You’ll see visibly firmer, smoother and softer skin with continued use of this anti-wrinkle cream.’ – Neocutis
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^ I honestly liked all the products above & would personally give any of them a shot!
Still want to do some research!? Look for products that contain:
- Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media
- Epidermal Growth Factor
- Processed Skin Cell Proteins (PSP)
- Fibroblast Growth Factor
- Transforming Growth Factor-Beta
- Platelet-Deried Growth Factor
Let us know what you think about growth factors in skincare! Have you tried any? Let us know in the comments section below.