Stem cells from snail eggs
As you get older, your skin cells lose their capacity to self-renew, so the ones that die don’t get replaced. While most anti-aging products work by boosting the efficacy of older cells, there’s a limit to how much old cells can act young. A new strategy is to let those old cells die off and instead promote the growth of brand-new skin cells. A cosmeceutical company called Biopelle has developed a line of stem cell products that use signaling proteins harvested from the eggs of snails (bear with us). This slimy fountain of youth helps cue latent stem cells to convert into new skin cells, which then help support the skin by increasing levels of collagen, elastin, fibronectin, and epidermal thickness. Biopelle’s Tensage Stem Cell line uses this snail egg Cellpro™ Technology to help restore skin to its healthy, youthful, and natural condition. “The science behind these new stem cell products is so exciting,” says dermatologist Ruth E. Tedaldi, MD. “The possibilities inherent in snail egg extract represent a true revolution in skincare and skin rejuvenation.”
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Colostrum is the pre-milk that comes in during the first 24 to 72 hours after mammals give birth. Before you get too queasy, the colostrum in Immupure is not from humans but from cows (free-range, steroid-free, and hormone-free), and their baby calves do get first dibs. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the amazing powers of colostrum. Just as it helps newborn babies build immunity and strength, Immupure products help skin cells thrive: They increase cell rejuvenation and offer optimal nutrition, including powerful immune-boosting compounds, to skin cells. The result is firmer skin, smoother wrinkles, restored connective tissue, and youthful radiance. Immupure products are cold-sterilized for safety, but in a way that preserves their skin-friendly proteins, amino acids, growth factors, hormones, enzymes, peptides, and nucleotides.
Non-irritating, pro-grade retinoid
As an amazing facialist once said so eloquently, “if an anti-aging product doesn’t have retinol, it’s BS.” It’s true that retinoids are the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients, but they’re known to cause irritation, redness, and peeling, which can turn people off of using them. Enter the skincare company Dermarché, which has invented a brand-new way to deliver powerful doses of a retinoid without the uncomfortable side effects. Their new p.m. serum, BioRewind PM, has their proprietary molecule—a combo of a retinoid with lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that helps increase cell turnover and gently exfoliates. This miracle of chemistry forms a pro-grade retinoid that evens skin tone, softens lines, restores glow, and clarifies pores. Use it with the BioRewind AM, a full-spectrum antioxidant serum that prevents further cell damage and brightens the complexion. (Here’s what dermatologists do to look younger overnight.)