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Benefits of kinetin and how to make your own kinetin cream

Kinetin (6-furfurylaminopurine) is a derivative of adenine, one of the nucleic acid bases that form DNA and RNA. Kinetin would be more effective if you were a plant looking to grow some shoots, but it has some benefits for human skin.

Figure. Kinetin (6-furfurylaminopurine)

Kinetin on human skin

Kinetin (a chemical with plant hormone activity) and zeatin (a natural plant hormone) have been shown to have some growth-modulating, antioxidative and antisenescence effects in human skin cells.  Kinetin application also stimulated the formation of elastin and fibrillin-1 deposition in the upper dermis and stimulated their perpendicular organization to the dermo-epidermal junction. Kinetin may affect keratinocyte differentiation to improve skin moisture content, trans-epidermal water loss, and other signs of skin aging.


Add some kinetin to a base cream like Canvas base cream.

Kinetin is not all your skin needs. When you make your DIY skincare product, take advantage of what Skin Actives offers you and also add antioxidants, growth factor and nutrition in general.

Human proteins for human cells

Zeatin is a natural plant hormone. Guess what human skin uses? Epidermal growth factor! So instead of playing with kinetin,m how about you add some EGF to your base cream? Just saying, it’s so nice when the mechanism of action is elucidated so clearly!


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DISCLAIMER: These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.