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What is Growth Factor?

What is Growth Factor?

You may have noticed that some of our LUMEN products now contain the suffix “+ GF.” In this article, we will discuss this addition to our skincare line and go over the many benefits it provides our products and our clients.

Introducing Kinetin

LUMEN is a line of medical-grade skincare products that are sold exclusively within our online store and through our colleagues at LUX Medical Spa, nestled in the heart of the Low Country in South Carolina. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Carmen Traywick and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederick Weniger wanted to create truly effective and beneficial products with best-in-class ingredients and without the use of harmful additives such as fragrances or parabens (which have been shown to worsen certain chronic skin conditions such as acne and extreme redness and sensitivity.)

Over the years, the LUMEN line has grown to include a variety of offerings including cleansers, moisturizers, eye area products, brighteners, peel pads, and much more. One of the more recent exciting additions to our line is the growth factor (GF) known as Kinetin.

The Role Kinetin Plays in Your Daily Skincare Regimen

Growth factors are simply groups of proteins that help stimulate the growth of certain tissues and encourage processes that occur naturally in our bodies, but which may have slowed down over time due to age or environmental stress. In short, Kinetin is a plant-based protein and growth factor ingredient that increases moisturization and minimizes signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Specifically, Kinetin improves barrier function within the skin to retain natural moisture levels and promote proper hydration. Our skin’s moisture barrier acts as a sort of armor, and when it becomes compromised (either through exposure to harsh detergents and additives, brought on by changes in our weather and climate, injury, disease, or damage caused by ultraviolet radiation) our skin becomes more susceptible to conditions that cause premature aging and other troublesome issues.

Maintaining Healthy Barrier Function

A healthy moisture barrier correlates directly with improved functions of the skin. Physically, these benefits manifest by way of reducing redness and improving texture and roughness.

Due to these restorative benefits, we have added growth factor to products that are specifically designed to target certain areas of the body to improve signs of premature aging and retexturize wrinkled and lax skin. These products include:

  1. Restoration + GF


Restoration is a powerful skin retexturing and brightening cream that delivers a combination of brighteners with Nicotinyl trichloroacetamide, a gentle retinoid, and broad-spectrum antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic acid ester. This advanced formula improves the appearance of skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles.


  1. Antioxidant Eye + GF


This eye area-specific cream contains a high-potency combination of ingredients clinically demonstrated to improve the appearance of the delicate skin around the eye.


  1. Neck Define + GF


This highly-effective retexturizing balm has been specially formulated for use on the delicate skin of the neck area. This product is formulated with antioxidants and skin-enhancing peptides to smooth and truly improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.

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