Growing up we were told to wash, tone and moisturize our skin to maintain it. Then came serums, scrubbing devices, retinols and sunscreen. Now the trend is GRASS, that is if you are listening to SkinMedica. What is it and is it right for you?
G is for Growth Factors
Growth factors are normal signaling molecules that exist in all living cells of the human body, including skin cells. They can be contained and function within a cell or they can be secreted from the cell to have a direct effect on a neighboring cell. Growth factors also orchestrate complex cellular processes including DNA repair, protein synthesis and cell-to-cell communication (among thousands of other functions). In other words, growth factors play a role in cell division, new cell and vessel growth, and the production of collagen and elastin, a connective tissue protein.
R is for Retinoids
Retinoids work by increasing the production of new collagen. It also stimulates new blood vessels in the skin, giving skin a rosy appearance, fading age spots, and reducing precancerous skin spots called actinic keratosis.
A is for Antioxidant
Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins/minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. They do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation — a process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction, as well as protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
S is for Sunblock
The only thing I am going to say about this is ’50 is the new 30′. Start using SPF 50 to protect yourself from those harmful rays – the sooner the better.
S is for Special Eye Cream and Serums
If you are a person who wants to use eye creams and serums – great! If not, that’s fine too. Using Growth Factors, Retinoids, Antioxidants and Sunblock is a great way to keep the skin cells regenerating and fighting the elements of the sun. Just make sure you put these products under the eyes as well. If you do need an eye cream, I personally prefer the Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream and/or Serum to the SkinMedica.
Until next time….