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For hair, both quantity and quality matter

There is more than hair loss as we age or are “hit” by menopause or illness. The hair becomes more fragile and thin; you will notice a change in the way it “waves” when you comb it.

The good news is that Skin Actives can help in both these aspects. Our hair serum (patent pending) is the most complete topical treatment for hair loss, and it also increases hair thickness.

If you like scalp massage, make sure you get triple benefits by applying hair serum first and and then some ELS with the massage. The bonus? You nails will also be stronger, because your nail beds need the same nutrients and growth factors that the scalp does.

Hair, once made, will not get better: it is “dead” protein. You can shield it in chemicals but its structure can only deteriorate. The SAS hair serums will make it stronger and thicker while it is being made. This strength will make for better hair later on until it is time for the hair to fall off as part of the hair cycle.

What’s in Skin Actives hair serums?

Most of the ingredients are nutrients, like amino acids, vitamins (Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine HCl, Riboflavin, Thiamine HCl), essential minerals e.g. Disodium Selenite, Stannous Chloride, Zinc Sulfate), plus lots of antioxidants, both plant-derived (Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Xanthophyll, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene) and antioxidant proteins (catalase, thioredoxin, etc.) that ensure your scalp is well-defended from pollutants. What else? Supplements to your own growth factor, like keratinocyte growth factor, plus essential fatty acids (rosehip and pomegranate seed oils).   We also include a few botanical ingredients with known mechanisms of action have been used for a long time, like nettle extract, saw palmetto, grape seed extract, etc.


Water, Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propanediol, Glycerin, Apocynin, Caffeine, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Carnitine, Niacinamide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ubiquinone, Fucoidan, sh-Polypeptide-3, sh-Polypeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-77, sh-Polypeptide-107, Superoxide Dismutase, Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Aspartic Acid, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Valine, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Cyanocobalamin, Folic Acid, Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine HCl, Riboflavin, Thiamine HCl, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Xanthophyll, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Catalase, Ammonium Vanadate, Ammonium Molybdate, Calcium Chloride, Copper Sulfate, Ferric Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Metasilicate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Pyruvate, Disodium Selenite, Stannous Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Adenine, Thymidine, Glucose, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Thioctic Acid, Spermidine, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20,  Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.

What about other hair products?

Minoxidil (Rogaine) seems to work by y widening blood vessels and opening potassium channels, allowing more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the scalp.

Finasteride (Propecia) is a 5α-reductase inhibitor that prevents the synthesis of dihydrotaestosterone (DHT), finasteride reduces androgen signaling in tissues like the prostate gland and the scalp.

Other hormone modulators, like antiandrogens (spironolactone and flutamide)  can be used for female-pattern hair loss associated with high production of androgens.

The side effects of this handful of medications for hair loss can be strong and they only work for people with specific problems. There are also a huge number of fake cures that are advertised as magic remedies and you already know what I think of people who play with our anxieties and take advantage of the public in general.

And that’s it. That’s all that there is. Why so little? Hair growth and hair loss are complicated, and the remedies described above are not directly related to hair growth itself but were found by serendipity (luck!), when drugs developed for other problems (high blood pressure, enlarged prostate) were found to have a beneficial effect on hair loss.

What Skin Actives can do for your hair

Isn’t there something more direct? Yes. The most direct active is keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) because its function is to direct hair growth. The reason why this protein was not available before Skin Actives made it available is that the methodology required to produce it in large amounts did not exist until recently. As soon as it was, we (Skin Actives Scientific) started producing it, and we managed to achieve this at a cost that is compatible with its use in cosmetics like the hair serum we sell.

There is another limitation worth mentioning: the nature of KGF, a protein, makes it more fragile than a small molecule like finasteride or minoxidil. KGF has to be formulated carefully and the projected shelf life of the final product is shorter than the many years finasteride can survive on a pharmacy shelf. This means that a product made with KGF or other proteins is best commercialized as sold directly to the customer, rather than languishing for months.At Skin Actives we have the ability to make small batches, keep the product refrigerated and ready to ship and reach the customer within a week or so. Another suitable mode would be for dermatologists to sell/give to their patients and this is a mode that we already offer.

What do you need to grow hair?

You need keratinocyte growth factor.

Hair is made of protein, and proteins are made of amino acids. You need amino acids, the vitamins we can’t make and must obtain from plants, enzymes and proteins capable of protein synthesis, plus minerals used by those enzymes.

Skin Actives is also the only supplier for all the antioxidant proteins required to protect the cells that make hair and the enzymes that manufacture melanin, the pigments that colors the hair. KGF and these antioxidant proteins are formulated in our sea kelp bioferment, which provides prebiotics, nutrition plus the valuable polysaccharides and antioxidants present in brown algae.

Amino Acids: Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Aspartic Acid, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Valine, Adenine, Thymidine.

Vitamins: Biotin, Choline Chloride, Cyanocobalamin, Folic Acid, Inositol, Niacinamide, Thioctic acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine HCl, Riboflavin, Thiamine HCl.

Minerals: Ammonium Vanadate, Ammonium Molybdate, Calcium Chloride, Copper Sulfate, Ferric Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Chloride.

In our serum, we also include botanical extracts known to promote hair formation, caffeine to increase blood flow to the follicles, and antioxidants to cope with the oxidants we make plus those coming from the environment. All of these supportive ingredients make up the extensive ingredient list you see for our hair serum and eye lash and brow serum.

Although we can’t promise that our hair promoting serums will work for everybody in every situation, many of our clients have benefited from them. I am benefiting from them. SAS products work because they have the science to direct the formulation.



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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.

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