Anti-Aging and Wrinkles: 3 Cell Growth Factors and Peptides

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  • moisturizer for sun damaged, aging, or dry skin
    Bio Cream with PSP
    NeoCutis
    $98.00

    Size: 30 ml

    Who It's For

    Sun damaged, aging and normal to dry skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Like TNS from SkinMedica, NeoCutis has it's own proprietary blend of skin cell growth factors, cytokines and proteins from young skin cells grown in the lab.  The actual science behind these is suggestive but not conclusive.  Most patients who have used these, concluded they were beneficial.

    Comparing this to TNS, they are very similar but this is a better price and more hydrating - it's a cream.  The TNS product is actually .63 oz for $165 and this product is $98 for 1 oz.   See also the Bio-Serum by NeoCutis which is more like the TNS in consistency. 

    How to Use

    After cleansing once or twice a day. Could be used as your moisturizer and antiaging treatment product.

    Ingredients

    Water (Aqua), Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Decyl Oleate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Wheat Germ Oil (Triticum Vulgare), Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Processed Skin Proteins (PSP®), Myreth-3 Myristate, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Borage Seed Oil (Borago Officinalis), Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Glycosphingolipids, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone.

  • growth serum, aging and sun damaged skin
    TNS Essential Serum
    SkinMedica
    $265.00

    Size: 1 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    Sun damaged or aging skin, especially for the time pressured.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Cell Growth Factors/Antioxidants/ Peptides. Especially good for those women who want to do things as quickly as possible and have no patience with multiple steps. I wish I could bathe in this product, but it’s too expensive.

    Use it at night or under your sunscreen in the morning or both. It’s the first “double pump” product I’ve seen that works well. You press the plunger and it dispenses your cell growth factor serum (TNS Recovery – the reddish one) AND your antioxidant and peptide mix at the same time. 

    There are 7 different antioxidants so it’s hard to compare it with other antioxidant serums (7 is not always better than 1). Has some weak plant based skin lighteners.

    Expensive but could be worth it, in my opinion, especially if you hate multiple steps. 

    How to Use

    After cleansing both morning and night, massage gently over entire face.

    Ingredients

    Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Water (Aqua), Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Unsaponifiables, Alpha-arbutin, Isoceteth-20, Arachidyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Ergothioneine, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Hydrolyzed Silk, Phospholipids, Ubiquinone, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Aminobutyric Acid, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Squalene, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance

  • cell growth factors, aging or sun damaged skin
    TNS Recovery Complex
    SkinMedica
    $179.00

    Size: 0.63 oz

    Who It's For

    Sun-damaged or aging skin, especially for the time pressured.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Contains Cell Growth Factors - this was the original cell growth factor product by SkinMedica.  Still a good product.   This is a product with less science behind it than the retinoids and high quality antioxidants so make sure you're using those first and then add this as a third anti-aging product.  My recommendation is to use your antioxidant as a first layer in the morning, followed by moisturizer and/or sunscreen.  Use this as a first layer at night followed by moisturizer then Renova/Retin A/tretinoin.

    The more expensive version just prior has added antioxidants and peptides. 

    How to Use

    Use it under your sunscreen in the morning or at night or both.  After cleansing both morning and night, massage gently over entire face. 

    Ingredients

    Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Ethoxydiglycol, Isoceteth-20, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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