So, now that summer’s over, you’re probably taking stock of the damage done to your skin by a few months of beaches, games of afternoon pickup, and patio parties. Us too, since even though we mean to always pack sunscreen, it just doesn’t happen all the time.
So, in our search for a suitable skincare regimen, we came across DNA EGF Renewal’s Growth Factor Serum ($145). The key ingredient, Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), which is a barley-derived protein growth factor, has been clinically proven to do two things.
Firstly, according to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, it can reduce the number of actinic keratosis, a skin condition that affects about half the people in the world and is considered pre-cancerous. That’s pretty handy, especially considering that most treatments involve ablation or cryotherapy (i.e., freezing and removing).
Secondly, according to a 2012 study published in the same journal, EGF can improve the appearance of damaged skin, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and photodamage when applied twice-daily over the course of three months.
Use of the serum is pretty simple. After washing your face, you rub a tiny bit in, let it dry, and you’re good to go (and also use any other skincare products or whatever). It dries quickly, leaves no residue, and has no smell. All in all, it’s basically hassle-free and has a few studies backing it up.