Whether you’re looking to retain youthful-looking skin or slow down the aging process once it has already begun, your skincare choices really matter. It’s imperative to choose products that have been proven to work time and time again, especially when it comes to an age-defying skincare routine. For any skincare lover who is serious about addressing fine lines, improving the appearance of wrinkles, and balancing uneven skin tone, our go-to suggestion is always SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum®. SkinMedica was founded with just one product in 1999, and throughout the twenty years since, the brand has combined luxury skincare products with the latest dermatologic innovations. TNS Essential Serum® first launched in 2008, and there’s a reason why it has been beloved for over a decade. Whether you’re 25 or 65, TNS Essential Serum® is an investment in the future radiance of your skin. The iconic, double-barreled serum uses growth factors to fight the signs of skin aging by supporting collagen and elastin levels.
We knew that TNS Essential Serum® was a cult favorite product, but as skincare junkies, we wanted to understand exactly how growth factors work to help keep skin looking and feeling youthful. Dermatologist Sabrina Fabi, MD, tells NewBeauty that “growth factors” is the name for a large group of proteins that function as chemical messengers in the body. “Growth factors attach to cells in our skin and regulate their growth. They are naturally produced by the body from various different cells in our skin,” she says.
Growth factors already exist in the body, and TNS Essential Serum® works because it uses the body’s natural rejuvenation process to help fight the visible signs of skin aging. “When the skin is wounded, growth factors accumulate at the site of injury and interact synergistically to help support wound healing,” says Fabi. Think of growth factors as communication devices. Growth factors help replenish and enhance communication between cells. TNS Essential Serum® is formulated with a powerful growth factor blend to support these natural rejuvenative processes for a youthful-looking appearance.
According to Fabi, “topical application of human or animal-derived growth factors has been shown to reduce the visible signs of skin aging in clinical studies.” The results are backed up by science, she says: “Results show a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” That’s exactly the kind of black-and-white proof we want before investing in a beauty product. SkinMedica® put TNS Essential Serum® to the test, and its results have also been clinically proven. In a study of 37 patients, 95 percent of patients agreed that their skin showed “improved smoothness and softness” after 12 weeks and 92 percent of patients agreed that skin “looked healthier and more youthful.” Smooth, soft, healthy, and youthful are all adjectives we want to apply to our skin at any age.
It’s essential to maintain optimal skin health during each phase of your life and each accompanying phase of your skincare routine. The truth is, it’s never too early to think about aging — but your perspective on aging should evolve as time goes on. In our more youthful years, a skincare routine should be focused on prevention. By the time menopause hits, you may be more focused on correcting existing issues.
In your 20s and 30s, it’s time to start thinking about prejuvenation. This buzzy beauty term is a combination of prevention and rejuvenation, the two pillars of a well-balanced skincare routine that will keep skin plump, glowy and vibrant for years to come. “We know we start losing our intrinsic ability to create new collagen with each year of life, so that by the time we are in our 20s we can benefit from skincare ingredients that will support collagen levels in the skin,” says Fabi. TNS Essential Serum® helps preserve that youthful-looking radiance of your early adult years.
Whether or not you started a solid skincare routine in your 20s, there is major value in an age-defying routine as you grow older. “Once we go into menopause, our intrinsic ability to create new collagen reduces even more dramatically, and therefore can continue to benefit from cellular messengers like growth factors, to keep our dermis thick,” says Fabi.
Growth factors are the star of TNS Essential Serum®, but they share the stage with other potent and rejuvenating ingredients. Fabi points out that the TNS Essential Serum® ingredient list contains antioxidants like “Ergothioneine (EGT), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, and Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract.” These ingredients provide protection from free radical damage, which can cause dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other telltale signs of aging skin. Thankfully, antioxidants fight back against free radicals — picture a small army of naturally-derived extracts battling against dark spots. “One antioxidant molecule can neutralize several free radicals before it is used up, and thus antioxidants are attractive candidates for incorporation into the TNS Essential Serum®,” says Fabi.
It’s clear that dermatologists love TNS Essential Serum®, and even picky beauty editors — who test thousands of products each year — have honored it over and over again with top-tier awards from prestige media outlets. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum® has won the 2018 NewBeauty Award, six Instyle Best Beauty Buys awards, the Brides beauty award, and the People en Espãnol Best Products award. But none of those compare to the trophy of glowing, radiant, youthful-looking skin that you can win right in front of your very own bathroom mirror.
Once you get your serum, here’s exactly how it works. The pump bottle is split into two chambers: TNS Recovery Complex in one chamber and APS Corrective Complex in the other. Just one pump delivers a pea-sized amount of both, which you can combine using your fingers and pat gently onto the face. Apply both morning and evening after using cleanser and toner.
Discover for yourself why TNS Essential Serum® has been a dermatologist and skincare lovers’ favorite for over 10 years at skinmedica.com.
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