Have you heard of exosomes and what they can do for your skin? Keep reading to learn more.

What are exosomes?

Exosomes are microscopic particles that are found in the cells in your body. They are the new X-factor in cosmetics. Exosomes include growth factors and other ingredients such as proteins and RNA. In your body, exosomes are passed from one cell to another to communicate. This helps damaged cells to repair themselves. The exosomes are passed from a healthy cell to a damaged one to signal it to repair itself. Exosomes basically give instructions to the damaged cell on how to regenerate itself. Exosomes are quickly passing stem cells and PRP (or PRF) for rejuvenation. Stem cells, PRP (platelet rich plasma), and PRF (platelet rich fibrin) are recovered from your blood and injected or applied topically on your skin. But with exosomes, you get the same effect without having tot draw blood or leave the office with blood on your face.

How do exosomes work in your skin?

Just like they work in your body, exosomes stimulate damaged skin cells to repair themselves, making them healthy and rejuvenated. In your skin you have certain cells called fibroblasts. These cells produce the fibrous proteins collagen and elastin which provide the firmness and youthful appearance to your skin. Over time your skin produces less and less collagen and elastin, making it loose and creating wrinkles. One thing that exosomes do is stimulate your fibroblasts to make more collagen and elastin. So exosomes tell your skin how to make it look healthier and more youthful.

Another thing that happens to your skin over time is that the turnover slows down. When you’re born, it takes about four weeks for the cells at the base layer of your skin to come to the surface. Over time this slows down. What happens is that you get an eventual buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which tend to clump up. When light reflects off of these clumps, it makes your skin look dull, making you lose that youthful radiance you had when you were younger. Exosomes also help stimulate turnover in your skin, removing the dead skin cells to restore your youthful glow.

Have you ever looked at the skin under a microscope? You have two layers called the epidermis and the dermis. Separating them is a wavy structure called the DEJ (dermo-epidermal junction). This is where nutrients from your blood are passed into the surface layers of your skin and wastes are removed. Over time this wavy layer flattens, reducing the amount of nutrient exchange in your skin. This leads to visible dryness in your skin due to decreased hydration. Exosome stimulate circulation to your skin, which will restore hydration and give your skin a dewy appearance.

What are the benefits of exosomes?

Exosomes can provide many benefits to your skin:

  • Exosomes will hydrate your skin, giving you a radiant glow and helping with dryness
  • Exosomes improve fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, and stretch marks
  • Exosomes decrease redness and irritation
  • Exosomes decrease recovery time from other treatments

How are exosomes used?

Exosomes can be used in many ways. The best way is by applying them topically when you have tiny holes in your skin, like after an Ultra Microneedling treatment or an Instaglow Facial. This allows the exosomes to penetrate through your skin’s surface, with an even distribution throughout your skin. Sometimes exosomes are injected into your skin, but in this way, you don’t have an even distribution of the exosomes in your skin so some areas will get more and others less.

We are excited to be able to offer exosome therapy in the near future.

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