Fix It With: Eggshell Membrane
Because the eggshell membrane is made of insoluble protein keratin, it acts as a barrier between environmental aggressors and skin. In nature, its job is to make sure the egg embryo receives all the antioxidants and nutrients it needs to survive and thrive, and these benefits carry over to the skin when it’s applied topically. In a 2014 study, researchers found that egg shell membrane was proven to energize the skin, making it appear collagen-rich and more youthful. It can help act as a barrier to the dry air, keeping moisture where it should be–in the dermis.
Factor #3: Hard Water
Most tap water contains minerals like phosphorus and chlorine, both of which dry out skin and cause a buildup that can shift your pH balance. Exposing your skin to these chemicals as you bathe strip it and make it too alkaline. The lipid barrier of your skin—the one that holds all the healthy fats that keep skin soft and plump—is worn away every time it comes into contact with this water. Over time, skin gets drier and stiffer, and is more prone to sensitivity and wrinkling.
Fix It With: Polyamine Growth Factor
The whole idea behind these growth factors is they speak to the cells, telling them to create more healthy cells, or instructing them to repair damaged cells. When hard water chemicals create micro-injuries on the skin, our fibroblasts then spring into action, forcing the body to create more collagen to make up for what’s being depleted in your skin from environmental bad guys.
Factor #4: Pollution
You don’t have to live in a smog-infested city to know that pollution is all around us, and it’s a big problem. What may appear as fresh, clean air is likely filled with tiny, invisible-to-the-eye particulates dirt, exhaust, and other pollutants. Unfortunately, these particles are usually able to penetrate the skin’s protective barrier and wreak havoc deep below the surface, causing inflammation, dehydration, and amping up the production of MMPs. Yes, these are the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.
Fix It With: Eggshell Membrane, Retinol, And Polyamine Growth Factor
Combined in Perricone MD’s new High Potency Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum, the fusion of these three ingredients stimulates our skin’s own protective properties.