As we age the production of the elements that keep our skin looking firm and smooth start to slow down. Namely collagen, elastin and stem cells, which impact on our skin's ability to produce growth factors necessary for healing. Beauty companies are spending millions of dollars researching ingredients including stem cells derived both from both plants and human skin in order to reverse the signs of ageing. Editor Trudi Brewer reveals one serum that is cutting edge.
What is it?
Osmosis Stem Cell Growth Factor Serum, $267
Short of blinding you with science, this serum is a game changer with growth factors derived from adult human stem cells. This high-tech 'exosome technology' (targeted delivery of ingredients to cells) is designed to kick start the skin's own repair process combatting ageing at the dermis.
How does it work?
Recent evidence suggests that the production of elastin (responsible for skin firmness) declines rapidly with age. A key building block in rebuilding elastin is tropoelastin. StemFactor contains tropoelastin, tropocollagen and collagen and elastin. All of these molecules are human stem cell derived in their original form so our skin will recognise and utilize them in wound repair and age reversal. our skin will now have access to high levels of micronized human stem cell derived collagen and tropocollagen that will dramatically enhance skin healing and firmness - fast.
What's in it?
Now, this is the high-tech part of the review this serum is packed with 600 growth factors including, HGF (Hepatocyte Growth Factor) that promote wound repair (great for correcting skin scarring and fine lines). TGF-B (Transforming Growth Factor Beta) increases new blood vessel formation and collagen production. FGF (Fibroblast Growth Factor) boost collagen production, while IFNg (Interferon Gamma) help protect against viral and bacterial infections. PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factor) create new fibroblast development, and finally, Phosphatidylcholine (Lecithin oil) the liposome coating that helps the delivery to the dermis where all the ageing happens.
Why do we like it?
Call us beauty geeks, but we are fascinated with the constant advances in technology that are delivering skincare to helps reverse fine lines and dullness in ageing skin. This serum acts like a GPS to your cells, encouraging multiple cell growth to help repair and replace damaged cells in the skin, which accelerates skin rejuvenation and repair - which in turn promotes the look of younger, firmer skin. Today we now have the ability to treat skin with these high-tech products - so why wouldn't we try them?