Where do growth factors come from?
They are cultured from a growth media containing mesenchymal (adult) stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS), and fibroblast stem cells. The adult stem cells are taken from the subcutaneous fat of healthy adult donors who have been screened rigorously. These stem cells can differentiate into many different types of cells, produce hundreds of growth factors, and are very good at multiplying. When these stem cells divide they secrete these growth factors. The stem cells themselves are not used in Stem Factor, just the growth factors. The stem cells remain in the culture where they continue to divide and secrete more growth factors.
How is the technology behind Stem Factor different from other growth factor products on the market?
There are other skin care lines out there that also culture growth factors from mesenchymal stem cells. Osmosis is different because the cells are taken from the subcutaneous fat layer, located just beneath the dermis; not from organs or tissues unrelated to the skin. After these stem cells are harvested, the most productive ones are identified and separated from the others. Only these selected stem cells are used to culture the growth factors. Some of these stem cells are then converted to IPS (to increase potency), while others are converted to fibroblast stem cells. This compilation of stem cell media produces a larger variety of growth factors, as well as a higher percentage of growth factors. Additionally, these growth factors are grown in 3D which makes them more stable and more potent than other methods.
Stem Factor was formulated using a very balanced and safe approach. It contains 150 different growth factors that have been identified to affect positive changes in the skin. By applying all of these different growth factors, there is a better chance of penetration and once they are in they not only encourage the growth of new cells, but also the removal or repair of damaged cells. Each person’s individual body chemistry and skin condition determines which growth factors it uses. The body will only use those growth factors it needs.