Concentrated, reparative lipids
Aging skin is drier skin, because it’s more likely to lose the natural fats (lipids) that keep skin hydrated and plump-looking. Losing those fats weakens the skin’s natural, protective barrier, which leads to accelerated signs of aging—hello wrinkles and crepey texture. To shore up the protective barrier and stem the tide of fat loss, skin needs to have those fats replaced—but here’s the tricky part: To be effective, the formula has to exactly mimic the chemical make-up of the body’s own lipids—or it throws the delicate balance of those fats out of whack. SkinCeuticals has created Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 with a ratio of reparative lipids that mirrors our skin’s own natural fats. This feat enables the formula to help restore skin’s protective barrier, support the body’s natural repair function, and potently nourish aging skin. The results are smoother skin, improved pore appearance, and general radiance.
Matrikines (aka “micro-proteins”) act as “first responders” to help renew damaged skin. According to research, some matrikines promote the formation of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which are essential to healthy, young-looking skin. With this in mind, the physician-dispensed skincare brand NeoCutis used new technology to formulate MPC™ (Micro Protein Complex), an anti-aging ingredient that delivers matrikine-like benefits. MPC offers a breakthrough alternative to help defend against the signs of aging skin, in particular the problems of skin elasticity and firmness. “Great anti-aging skincare relies on promoting new collagen and elastin,” says Ulysses H. Scarpidis, MD, a NYC-based board-certified plastic surgeon. “But since collagen and elastin are giant proteins found in the deeper layers of the skin, applying collagen on the surface of the skin, where the cells are dead, doesn’t really help.” The trick, he says, is to get these giant proteins to penetrate deeper. “NeoCutis has ingeniously achieved this with its MPC line,” Scarpidis says. “It’s like they’re using small Lego pieces that can seep through the superficial layers of the skin, and then regroup in the deep layers to rebuild the giant Lego castles where they’re needed most.”
Heparan Sulfate (HSA)
You may not have heard of the brand SENTÉ yet, but you will. This exciting skincare line has a unique new ingredient: Heparan Sulfate (HSA). “In the body, HSA is involved in signaling pathways between cells—regulating growth factors, collagen adhesion, neovascularization or new blood vessels, and even anticoagulation among many biochemical processes,” says David Shafer, MD, a NYC-based plastic surgeon. “When applied topically, HSA boosts rejuvenation and skin hydration likely through its effect on collagen, growth factors, and blood flow.” The results of SENTÉ’s HSA-formulated serums are firmer and smoother skin, improved strength and elasticity, and the fading of fine lines.