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What are Growth Factors and why do we need them in our skin care products?

Posted By Mariana

Growth factors are not what you think; they are not growth hormones.  They are natural substances made by skin cells to repair damage while keeping the skin's firmness and elasticity. Your skin requires growth factors to maintain its healthy appearance when it starts to display damage or starts to age. However, the younger you are, the more growth factors your skin has, and as you get older, unfortunately, your skin produces a shorter supply of it. The critical question is, how do you slow down the aging process and reduce skin damage? One approach is to regularly use skin products with a high concentration of stable growth factors. Using these key ingredients in your daily routine can help reduce skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, irregular skin tone, and irregular texture. But beware, not all growth factor products contain the same benefits.

What Skin care Products Should You Use with Growth Factors?

You always hear skincare professionals say to make sure to wear sunscreen when you go outside. Don't ignore this critical information, especially when your goal is to enhance your skin's own growth factors. Your skincare routine should include a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 (or higher) no matter what. 

Coola full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 protects against visible signs of aging caused by the sun, pollution, and digital overexposure. 

Another way to neutralize free radicals that can damage your skin cell is with the use of antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, which neutralize free radicals and provide an extra layer of protection beyond sunscreen alone. Combing sunscreen and vitamin C can help your skin's defence system and repair sun damage your skin already has.

Using one of our amazing medical-grade Vitamin C serums in the am daily is a sure bet way to get that added protection and resilience.  Try Vivier CE Peptide, which is one of our best sellers year after year.


You can also consider adding an oral supplement as an addition to your topical products. The CanPrev Vitamin C Capsules is one way you can get your Vitamin C dose. This multitasking antioxidant is responsible for the growth and repair of all tissues in the body, including wound healing and scar tissue. It also helps strengthen the blood vessels walls, produce collagen and strengthen immunity.

Try adding Vitamin A (retinol) to your routine with your growth factor products for more severe skin concerns. Retinol works slightly differently than growth factors, and the combination can provide better results than each one on their own.

Growth Factor Serum ZO Skin Health by Dr. Zein Obagi

This product is an option if you are looking to try a serum that contains growth factors. Growth Factor Serum from ZO Skin Health is a lightweight gel for all skin types that strengthens skin, supports skin rejuvenation and protects against future aging signs. Formulated with a combination of plant and enzymatically derived growth factors, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve your overall complexion. It also restores hydration and reinforces the skin's protective barrier 93% of patients experienced improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, firmness and elasticity + texture and smoothness after 12 weeks of using Growth Factor Serum.

Head on to to find products containing growth factors that can help you achieve healthy-looking skin.

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