I've been a religious user of retinol serums and creams for years, but when I turned 32 back in June, I felt like I needed to up my anti-aging game a bit more and experiment with some different products and actives. After weeks of researching and consulting with dermatologists, I landed on growth factor face serums.
Numerous experts told me that growth factors are one of the top ingredients for smoothing, plumping, and firming skin thanks to their ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production and signal skin cells to repair and rejuvenate themselves. Of course, I had to experience all this goodness for myself, so I tested 20+ different growth factor serums over the course of four months, weighed their pros and cons, and then created this list of the best picks.
Best Celeb-Favorite Growth Factor Serum
Dr. Diamond's Metacine InstaFacial Plasma
I first tested this growth factor serum while trying Dr. Diamond's signature InstaFacial (celebs
like Kourtney Kardashian, Hilary Duff, and Olivia Culpo are fans, btw). I immediately fell in love with the lightweight texture and the way the formula soaked into my skin with zero greasy residue. As for the results? I was super impressed at the smoothness and firmness of my skin, and felt like my pores looked tighter and less noticeable too.
Usage: Morning and/or evening
Skin types: Dry, combo, oily, acne-prone, sensitive
THE REVIEW: One tester wrote, "I saw results from using this product after just nine days. My husband told me my skin looks as tight as a drum. It's worth every penny and I'll be sure to tell all my skin-obsessed friends."