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The Science

BIOEFFECT isn’t your average skincare company. In fact, we didn’t even set out to become a skincare company, but the science led us here. The Nobel Prize-winning discovery of growth factors in 1986 opened up a universe of genetic research which inspired three Icelandic scientists. They spent the next ten years developing a method to bioengineer human growth factors in barley.

WHAT IS EGF?

BIOEFFECT isn’t your average skincare company. In fact, we didn’t even set out to become a skincare company, but the science led us here. The Nobel Prize-winning discovery of growth factors in 1986 opened up a universe of genetic research which inspired three Icelandic scientists. They spent the next ten years developing a method to bioengineer human growth factors in barley.

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BIOEFFECT: PURITY

Purity, in BIOEFFECT products, is profoundly important us. We’re proud of the fact that our flagship BIOEFFECT EGF Serum contains only seven ingredients. Only seven because that’s all your skin needs for proven, effective, radiant anti-aging and hydration.

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what is egf?

In the past thirty years, science has made significant breakthroughs on the molecular and genetic level, some of which answer crucial questions about our own biology. Have you ever asked yourself how does an infant’s skin grow so fast without breaking? Or, why do people develop wrinkles? Or, how do skin cells repair damaged skin? If you have, then you’ve touched on the subject of growth factors.

Every living thing—people, animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria—grows. But cells don’t just automatically multiply: in humans and animals, cells respond to instruction from highly specialized proteins or hormones called growth factors. Named for their function, growth factors were discovered by two scientists who were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for their work. Growth factors are cellular activators: they are signal molecules that communicate with cells, sending a message to repair, rejuvenate, or proliferate. Hundreds of different growth factors control the more than 300 cell types in humans. They’re the crucial foremen on the construction site that is your body’s development, and they work at full capacity for years. From birth until adulthood, our bodies manufacture copious amounts of various growth factors that affect the growth of everything from bones to organs to nerves to skin. But when we reach maturity, production diminishes. As a result, cell turnover and repair slows, eventually affecting our health and appearance. In fact, our skin gets thinner by 1% each year after we turn 20, and five years after menopause, our skin becomes 30% thinner.

“The result is healthier, denser, more hydrated, younger-looking skin” Since 1986, medical research into growth factors has exploded. Huge breakthroughs include life-saving treatments such as the use of G-CSF, a growth factor that induces the production of white blood cells after chemotherapy. EGF, or epidermal growth factor, helps burn victims grow new skin and speed wound recovery.  But EGF may also be used to replenish the body’s own supply, which diminishes with age. EGF application stimulates the body’s own skin cells to proliferate, increasing skin turnover and radiance while slowing the aging process. It boosts production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s bouncy scaffolding, increasing tone and elasticity. It boosts the skin’s capacity to store water and reduce water loss. The result is healthier, denser, more hydrated,  younger-looking skin.

“By engineering barley's own genetic code for growth so that it most resembles human EGF, BIOEFFECT created barley-based EGF” In scientific research, EGF has been grown in bacteria, but this poses a risk of endotoxins for humans. Other means of obtaining EGF present ethical, moral, and legal issues, as in the use of human cells. After many years of research, the scientists at BIOEFFECT pioneered an astounding method of growing a plant-based replica of EGF in barley. By engineering barley’s own genetic code for growth so that it most resembles human EGF, BIOEFFECT created barley-based EGF. Because barley is self-pollinating, there is no risk of cross-breeding. In addition to being safe, pure, and efficient, BIOEFFECT’s EGF is grown in a carbon emissions-free greenhouse in inert volcanic pumice.

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Bioeffect purity

Purity, in BIOEFFECT products, is profoundly important us. We’re proud of the fact that our flagship BIOEFFECT EGF Serum contains only seven ingredients. Only seven because that’s all your skin needs for proven, effective, radiant anti-aging and hydration. By contrast, the average number of ingredients in the majority of cosmetics is 71. This astounding figure includes unpronounceable chemicals, additives, stabilizers (which are often made with phthalates), parabens, and preservatives.

“With only seven ingredients, BIOEFFECT knows the precise virtue, function, and necessity of each ingredient. This is what we mean by purity.” While all of them may be necessary to maintain the consistency and longevity of the product in the jar, they may not be the best thing for your skin. When you think about it, that’s an extraordinary cocktail of chemicals to be introducing to your skin, your body’s largest organ and its first line of defense against the environment. It’s also troubling when you consider that your skin likes what it knows and isn’t so fond of unknown, foreign substances, which may provoke allergies and reactions. As we become more vigilant about caring for both our health and that of the planet, we’ve become increasingly aware of the importance of purity, not just in our water and food, but also in the ingredients and processes we use to create both the essentials and luxuries we require.

With only seven ingredients, BIOEFFECT knows the precise virtue, function, and necessity of each ingredient. This is what we mean by purity. Oh, and the fact that our EGF barley is grown in inert, volcanic pumice, fed by pure, Icelandic, glacial water in a carbon emissions-free greenhouse powered by geothermal energy.

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THE PROCESS

Why grow epidermal growth factor in barley? Scientists have experimented with other mediums, including E. coli, which poses the risk of endotoxins, and human cells, which pose moral, ethical, and legal issues (as well as being strictly against EU law). But barley possesses striking advantages when it comes to growing growth factors. First, barley is self-fertilizing: a barley plant will not pollinate another barley plant, not even an identical barley plant growing an inch away from it in the greenhouse. This is of vital importance when it comes to molecular farming: because barley is a closed system, pollen with new genes cannot be spread to other plants. In fact, BIOEFFECT conducted an infield research experiment over four summers, investigating over 700,000 plants in order to confirm that there was no cross-breeding. Barley’s second great advantage is that it stores protein in its seeds. Because epidermal growth factor is a protein, it makes it easier to find and extract the bioengineered EGF. BIOEFFECT: over ten years of research and testing to create the best that nature and science has to offer.

THE PROOF

We're not like other skincare companies. Because BIOEFFECT was founded by scientists who spent ten years developing the technology to deliver groundbreaking products, our standards are extremely high. Similarly, we demand a different caliber of proof when it comes to demonstrating the efficacy of our skincare line. No less than world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Ronald Moy researched and published four independent studies on the efficacy of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum and our plant-made EGF. Furthermore, Dr Martina Kerscher, professor, dermatologist, and an expert in aesthetic dermatology, conducted a unique, double-blind study that astounded everyone involved. In as little as two months. remarkable changes were documented by the scientists analyzing the results, and participants perceived substantial improvements in their skin.

BIOEFFECT is a game changer: cutting edge science for beautiful skin.