Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A has been THE most popular anti-aging since the 1980’s. Why you might ask? Retinol works as an antioxidant which prevents free radicals and helps increase collagen production, but it doesn’t stop there. Retinol helps reduce existing wrinkles, prevents new wrinkles from forming, fights stubborn acne, unclogs pores, improves overall texture of the skin, helps with sun-damaged skin and even pigmentation. If you don’t already have a Retinol based product in your medicine cabinet, we think you should. Retin-A is a popular, prescribed product (similar to Differin) that is powerful enough to fight off anything that comes our skin’s way, but it does come with a long list of side effects – including, dryness, redness, irritation, skin peeling, sun sensitivity, plus more. However, once your skin gets used to the product, those side effects generally subside.
So until recently, there hasn’t been another tried and true product on the market (that has at least gained popularity and ease of access) that handles all these skin conditions and more. Today, people in the skincare industry have been buzzing about an ingredient that is gaining more followers & is changing the skincare game. It’s called Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF). EGF causes cell turnover and reduces the signs of aging without the common side effects of Retinol. It is so unprecedented, that it’s even won a Nobel Prize for its breakthrough. People have reported seeing ‘Benjamin-Buttoning’ effects from their own use of EGF. EGF are naturally occurring proteins found in the fibroblast cells of our skin that regulate cellular growth. When applied topically, EGF actually regenerates your skin. When our skin has been damaged, EGF’s work by attracting cells to a wound site in order to trigger our bodies healing response. In fact, that release accelerates the process, promoting skin tissue repair and regeneration and stimulating collagen production. “Wound healing” may sound a little strong, but all the term “wound” refers to is skin that is showing signs of aging.
Products containing EGF, like EGF Stem Cell Complex by Nurse Jamie seem very similar to SkinMedica’s Tissue Nutrient Solution (TNS), at least in our opinion. TNS is a ‘physiologically balanced, naturally secreted stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin tone and overall texture.’ TNS offers very similar results to both Retinol and EGF products. It also doesn’t hurt that we HIGHLY trust all products from SkinMedica.
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