The Most Miraculous Ingredient in Skincare
One of the best known actives in the world proven to work to regenerate brand new skin is Epidermal Growth Factor. It is so well documented that there are over 50,000 pieces of peer reviewed scientific literature regarding the activity of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF). The science has been published in every important scientific journal since 1986 when Stanley Cohen received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the role of EGF in skin cells. Just in case you don’t know what peer reviewed means, it means the research is documented, reviewed by others in the scientific community, and replicated over and over to such a degree, that the research has moved the whole of our scientific knowledge forward. We can now rely on that work to be a base of knowledge that everyone can build upon. Peer review is the only valid type of study there is, although many bloggers and small businesses still cite really bad pseudo science from the internet because they don’t know the difference.
So what is a growth factor? Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins capable of stimulating cellular proliferation and cellular differentiation. Growth factors bind to specific receptors on cell surfaces and are important for the regulation of a variety of cellular processes. Among the practical uses of EGF are its use in accelerating healing of the skin, hair and cornea. EGF was the first growth factor to be discovered and studied, but many more factors have been found since then such as keratinocyte growth factor that regrows hair, brows and lashes.
EGF directly stimulates the proliferation of epidermal cells, and this stimulatory action of EGF does not depend on other systemic or hormonal influences. Cells that respond to EGF do so because they have receptors right on the cell membrane that recognize the factor. The binding of the growth factor to the receptor initiates a cascade of molecular events that will eventually lead, among other effects, to cell division. In other words, EGF actually regenerates healthy new skin, REGARDLESS OF YOUR AGE. It is used in wound healing, after radiation treatments to stop oxidation, and in top of the line serums and creams for cell turnover and regeneration.
If we know so much about it, why isn’t it in every single skin care product? The first reason is most likely the price. It is extremely expensive. In fact about 10 years ago I used a world class Serum with EGF which at that time was well over $200 an ounce. I don’t know what it sells for today, or if they even sell the same formula, but healthy skin comes at a very healthy price tag.
The second reason is due to the proliferation of small brands coming on the market in the last 10 years which have been mostly natural brands. Most are more interested in natural than great science, and do not know about all the crazy good ingredients we could be using to keep our skin youthful. I think a great combination of clean high quality ingredients plus scientific break throughs plus healthy living can go a really long way to keeping your skin looking great.
We make a serum with EGF and it isn’t $200 an ounce. Email us if you are interested because we don’t sell this serum to just anyone. They aren’t on our website. They are made in very small batches only for our crew and now we are able to offer it to you so make sure to subscribe to our list because that is the only way to hear about it!
xo, Jacci & Laura