If you are not familiar with Fraxel, it is a powerful skin care product that gives your skin a refreshed and brighter look. “Fraxel is a fractionated erbium laser that causes small damage under the skin and then stimulates collagen production,” says Shirley Chi, M.D. dermatologist from Los Angeles. “With repeated treatments, some collagen will grow under the skin, which helps to get rid of acne scars and fine lines.” To mimic these skin smoothing and dark spot lightening effects in skin care, it is best to look for collagen stimulating skin care ingredients.
With SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex, the iconic medical grade serum, growth factors help improve radiance and skin tone. “Products with essential growth factors, such as SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex, trigger the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for the skin’s matrix and help your skin build a good supportive structure,” says David Schafer, M.D., board certified plastic surgeon. “Growth factors promote healing and build up of the basic dermal matrix.” As a result, the skin is firmer, refreshed, and a smoother glow.
Dr. Chi echoes this growth factors in skin care can help mimic the effects of Fraxel treatment. “We think there is cell-to-cell signaling with growth factors and skin, which could then trigger an increase in fibroblast and collagen production, which might resemble Fraxel,” she says. In addition to growth factors, the powerful serum also contains antioxidants and amino acids to further strengthen the skin. “Antioxidants like vitamin C and ferulic acid stimulate collagen production, like the Fraxel treatment,” says Dr. Chi. Although the serum costs $ 179, it is definitely an investment, but think of it this way: You can apply it every single day for several months to keep the effect of soft and vibrant skin longer than with a single Fraxel treatment.