We know all about the miracles that keratin performs on hair – straightening and smoothing curly, frizzy and wavy locks. But what about skin? According to the scientists behind the creation of the new Retrospect skincare line, keratin stimulates cell growth and production of collagen proteins that reduce lines and wrinkles, as well as boosting the skin’s own antioxidant defense system.
But not any type of keratin will fight the signs of aging. The 8-product Retrospect collection includes Replicine™ Functional Keratin®, an ingredient that has actually been proven effective in wound healing and treating rare skin disorders.
Replicine™ Functional Keratin® heals skin and fights aging by helping skin cells produce more collagen 4 and collagen 7. These two collagens are important because they maintain the bond at the dermal-epidermal junction, where the two outermost layers of the skin join. With age, this junction loses collagen 4 and collagen 7, resulting in the development of wrinkles.
“Replicine Functional Keratin makes the skin produce more collagen 4 and 7, thereby repairing the cause of the wrinkle at the right part of the skin where the wrinkle forms,” stated Dr. Rob Kelly, Chief Scientific Officer, Keraplast Technologies, LLC, the company that created and markets Retrospect.
In addition, Replicine™ Functional Keratin® helps skin cells produce a peptide called glutathione, which is a type of powerful antioxidant that the body creates to protect itself against UV and other environmental damage.
The Retrospect collection is a comprehensive skincare system that includes day, night and body products. The line comprises:
- C4-7 Intensive Serum ($90)
- Day Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($60)
- Night Renewal ($80)
- Flash Firm Eye Gel ($70)
- Hand & Nail Reconstructor ($35)
- Feet, Knees & Elbows ($38)
- Protein Surge Gel Cleanser ($35)
- Microdermabrasion Cream ($50)
The C4-7 Intensive Serum has been proven to repair wrinkles where they start and the Day Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 has been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by 27% within 3 months.
According to Dr. Kelly, keratin has not been widely used in skincare, though it does appear in hand and nail care products, which generally contain a different type of keratin. “Replicine™ Functional Keratin® is 91% identical to the skin’s own keratin and so can perform the same functions as keratin within the skin. No other form of keratin has been able to achieve this,” he stated.
To purchase Retrospect, visit: retrospectusa.com. Beautyinthebag readers will receive a 25% discount through September 30, 2012. Just enter the code “RETRO25” at check out.