When we are born – and our skin is soft, smooth, plump, and healthy – we have copious amounts of EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) proteins that signal cells in relation to repair and rejuvenation. They are vital for maintaining healthy skin functions like the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid that help keep skin thick, dense, smooth, and firm. By the time we are in our 20's, the natural production of EGF is already starting to decrease. This decrease significantly contributes to slower cell turnover and repair, eventually affecting our skin's appearance – skin starts to sag, and fine lines and wrinkles appear.
From birth until adulthood, our body produces copious amounts of growth factor proteins that are the “messengers” for our cells. There are many different types of growth factors that can be naturally found at the surface level of our skin (the epidermal layer) through to the deeper dermis layer. EGF is one of the most important growth factor proteins for healthy and youthful looking skin, helping support the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to keep skin looking smooth, thick, and dense.
By the time we are in our 20's, the natural production of EGF in our skin is already starting to decrease. As a result, cell turnover and repair slow, eventually affecting our skin's appearance. Skin starts to sag, becomes thinner and drier, and fine lines and wrinkles appear.
Using EGF in skincare is a way of helping target the visible aging effects resulting from the loss of EGF naturally found in our skin. This has been our goal from the beginning, and after over a decade of research, BIOEFFECT scientists invented a way to produce a plant-based EGF. Our Barley EGF is a sustainable, renewable ingredient produced in our ecologically-engineered greenhouse in Iceland, powered by geothermal energy.
EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) is a signaling protein naturally found in skin that helps maintain healthy skin functions, including the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which affect skin thickness, density, smoothness, and firmness. However, scientists have found that the natural levels of EGF in the skin diminish as we age, inevitably affecting skin's appearance.
This is why our scientists spent over a decade researching a way to develop a plant-based EGF – to help target the effects from the loss of EGF naturally found in our skin.
The results of over 50 in-house efficacy studies, conducted by our science team, have shown that topical application of our Barley EGF has a positive effect on skin's appearance. These include enhanced hydration, a more even skin tone, and visible smoothing and firming, while helping support the skin's natural production of collagen.
BIOEFFECT growth factors are unlike most other manufactured growth factors as they are purely plant-based. The majority of EGF available in the world is produced via bacteria (often E. Coli), yeast, or human/animal cells. In that process a certain biproduct, endotoxin, is synthesized. Endotoxins can have harmful effects on the human body and cause irritative skin reactions as well as inhibit the skin's natural healing process, as well as having harmful effects on the human body.
BIOEFFECT EGF is unlike most other commercial growth factors as it is purely plant-based. Resulting from over a decade of research, BIOEFFECT scientists invented a way to produce a plant-based EGF in barley plants for an unparalleled level of purity, stability, sustainability, and efficacy. As BIOEFFECT Barley EGF is produced in a plant it is therefore free of harmful biproducts and remains pure, clean, and effective – making it the perfect choice for clean and healthy skincare.
No. There is a clear difference: Growth factors are messenger proteins generally produced and used locally by the cells/tissue for repair and rejuvenation. Human growth hormones are produced by the pituitary gland for linear growth (how tall we are) and impact muscle mass and body fat.
No. BIOEFFECT's Barley EGF and other Barley growth factors are non-GMO. We manufacture the growth factors in bioengineered barley plants, grown in Iceland inside our high-tech ecologically-engineered greenhouse powered by geothermal energy. The resulting products, Barley EGF and other Barley Growth Factors, while derived using biotechnology, are not GMO.