One of the most exciting ingredients recently introduced into advanced clinical skin care products for home use is epidermal growth factor, or EGF.
This substance has been shown to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, making products containing EGF an excellent addition to an anti-aging home care regimen. The daily use of EGF encourages aging skin to function more like young skin by stimulating increased cell turnover to thicken and strengthen the skin and speed healing when injury does occur.
Topical Peptides are another new class of anti-aging ingredients now available. These chains of amino acids are considered the body’s building blocks. One of these peptides, known as acetyl hexapeptide–3 produces similar anti-wrinkle activity as Botox cosmetic injections, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.
Researchers found that a 10 percent topical application of the peptide significantly reduced wrinkle depth and superficial lines by relaxing facial muscle contractions that can lead to wrinkles. The skin-tightening effect is immediate and result in a smoother, less furrowed complexion, especially on the forehead and around the eyes.
Grapes hold a wealth of beneficial ingredients that protect and repair the skin. Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in the skin of grapes. When taken internally, as in wine, it has been shown to reduce heart disease. Topically, it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, an important tool in fighting against aging skin.
The multiple benefits of topical vitamin C products make it another valuable addition to anyone’s daily skin care regimen, especially to aging skin. Topical vitamin C is a proven stimulator of collagen and elastin rejuvenation, two substances that are directly affected by the hormonal shifts associated with aging. Increasing their presence can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles while creating more firmness and turgor. It is also an additional protectant against damage from UV exposure. However, it should not be used in place of a sun block.
Editor’s Note: June English is a Licensed Esthetician in Los Alamos. For more information, visit www.myskincarechoices.com or call 507-0124.