Growth factors are proteins, either bioengineered or derived from plant or animal extracts, that stimulate specific cells to do what they’re programmed to do. In beauty products, they replace the lost growth factors that tell skin’s collagen-producing cells to ramp up their output, so skin literally acts more youthful.
Depending on the kind, growth factor can do more than stimulate collagen. Here are three different kinds you might find while shopping for skin care.
TRANSFORMING GROWTH FACTOR
In addition to accelerating skin’s collagen and elastic production, this kind of growth factor also inhibits the enzymes that destroy healthy collagen and elastin while reducing inflammation.
EPIDERMAL GROWTH FACTOR
This kind of growth factor is responsible for maintaining the reproduction of skin cells as it repairs cellular damage. It turns on fibroblasts, which can thicken skin and improve texture, fine lines and elasticity.
This plant-derived growth factor promotes cell division, and is directly responsible for preventing leaves from withering and drying.
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