So many skincare products on the market these days claim to “turn back the hands of time”. When I hear this, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite movies, “Death Becomes Her”, a dark comedy starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two rivals who drink a magic potion to restore their youth. Isabella Rossellini’s character is the guardian of said potion, and the scene where she unveils it is one of my favorites ever. A purple vaporous, glowing liquid suspended in an ornate glass bottle, the potion promises to grant eternal life and an everlasting youthful appearance. If only there was such a thing! Scientific advancements haven’t made it quite this far but, you know, a girl can dream.

Searching for the ultimate anti-aging product can be challenging when you aren’t familiar with skincare terminology. The terms that I hear most often when talking about anti-aging products are “growth factors”, “peptides”, and most recently “defensins”. I didn’t become familiar with the latter term until the Ashtoria team went to a Skin Type Solutions training in January, where we learned that defensins are a revolutionary development in the world of skincare.

Defensins are a kind of peptide that is already present in our bodies and are small enough to penetrate the skin effectively and stimulate a specific kind of skin cell renewal, resulting in a fresh layer of skin. This new layer contains fewer wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. When our skin suffers an injury, our bodies release defensins in order to trigger stem cells to regenerate. These stem cells then produce newer, younger-looking cells in the outermost layer of our skin. Where other topical anti-aging products stimulate existing cells to produce more collagen, defensins generate the production of brand new cells, which results in younger-looking skin.

So you’re probably wondering: where can I get this magic product?

Defenage, a high-performance anti-aging line, is the only product on the market that contains defensins and is only sold by medical offices that partner with Skin Type Solutions. The full Defenage regimen consists of a moisturizing crème, serum, and exfoliating mask, and these all perform well with other anti-aging products you might currently be using, like retinoids. Retinoids provide rapid exfoliation for old skin cells, giving the defensins in Defenage more room to produce new ones. With over fifteen clinical studies, the line is proven to correct visible signs of skin exhaustion, damage, and aging.

I recommend completing the skin type questionnaire at by using the code ASH155 to determine your specific skin type. If the Defenage system is recommended in your skin type’s regimen, you can receive 20% off your first order!

And if you can find it, I highly recommend watching “Death Becomes Her!” It’s a truly hilarious movie and Meryl and Goldie have never looked better!


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