By Kate Dee, MD
There is a new line of skincare that is going to change the way you think about anti-aging. One of the most important tenets of prevention of aging for your skin is to keep your fibroblasts awake and making collagen throughout your life. Those cells are responsible for keeping your skin tight and youthful, and they go dormant by the age of 30. At Glow, we focus a lot on building that collagen (and elastin!) back up to thicken and tighten the skin. I’ve written about it often in the past (click here to read my blog post, “Building Collagen: How to keep your skin thick and springy”).
There are several ingredients in skincare products that stimulate collagen, such as Vitamin C and Retinols. These products penetrate into the skin well, but they cannot wake up dormant fibroblasts. Growth Factors do have this ability, but they do not penetrate the skin well. We use Growth Factors in adjunct with microneedling, laser and other procedures that allow them to penetrate the skin, but they are much less effective in ordinary topicals.
Now there is a new ingredient that changes all that. Your dermis is made up of collagen (~80%), Elastin (~2-4%) and the rest is mostly Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). GAGs are very large molecules that make up the “gel” that fills up the dermis and makes it plump, soft and supple. Placed on the skin, GAGs are way too big and bulky to be absorbed. Senté has found a way to make GAG analogs that are very small and shaped so they penetrate into the skin easily. Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA) is a patented ingredient that does just that! HSA provides immense hydration to the skin and does something incredible-- it triggers your own growth factors in your skin to wake the fibroblasts and not only make collagen but elastin as well! Are you excited?
What does this mean? Senté products can actually hydrate, plump and firm your skin AND stimulate your own natural collagen and elastin production. This is a revolution in skincare!! At Glow, we have incorporated Senté products into our daily regimens and are adding them to our skin tightening and rejuvenation procedures to maximize results. I am so excited to be able to share these products with you. As always, I am happy to talk about critical skincare ingredients any time. Questions? Email or call us!