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Anti-Aging Secrets Part I: Growth Factors and Stem Cells

Posted by Dan Narsete on


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw

As the second exclusive article for our blog readers, we are continuing to weed out all the noise to bring you the best information out there for anti-aging secrets!

The fountain of youth

Stem cells are a highly controversial topic. Governmental agencies, the press, scientists, and all kinds of interest groups are getting involved in researching the role stem cells play in our bodies and how they can be regenerated.

What is a stem cell?

Stem cells are the foundational cells that make up our body. Stem cells can end up becoming an organ, part of our bone marrow, or our skin. Think of stem cells as a blank slate. They can be pointed or directed to do certain functions depending on their environment. So why the big fuss about stem cell research? The idea is to use stem cells to produce new collagen and tighten up our skin. Hooray for stem cells! The challenge is that most stem cells are produced when we are babies. This leads us to growth factors.

What is a growth factor?

Growth factors consist of different proteins that tell your cells to do things. Yes, they are like your boss. But a good boss. One that (in this situation) will help us with better looking skin. New technology has allowed companies to use growth factors in the form of medical grade serums. Through a lot of research and millions of dollars, a few select pharmaceutical companies have created growth factors that, when placed on the skin, will direct skin cells to grown new collagen. Sounds crazy, huh? Welcome to our world!

What do I use?

You must be careful here as there is a lot of “snake oil” out there. Many companies only put very small amounts of growth factor in their skincare. We feel that serums from companies like Innovative Skincare (IS) have solid products that have been properly researched and solid reputations. It’s important that you don’t go and buy this stuff from a department store-- it’s not going have a lot of growth factor in their serums and instead will have a lot of filler product (it’s cheaper and easier to be more readily mass produced to make a larger profit).   


To your anti-aging journey,

Team Reflect 


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