Experts in dermatology and cellular energy from around the world have revealed new scientific findings on ‘skin-cell fatigue’ – highlighting four key energy drainers that not only age the skin, but may deplete skin’s energy beyond its ability to respond to even the most expensive anti-ageing skincare products.
At a press conference held at the 6th Asia and Oceania Conference on Photobiology (AOCP) in Sydney, the latest scientific findings on skin-cell fatigue were presented, for the first time showing how four energy drainers of stress, ultraviolet radiation, pollution and diet impact the appearance of the skin, and the response of skin to anti-ageing skincare products on the market.
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According to the UK’s Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology, Newcastle University, the decline in energy production is known to begin in a woman’s 20s and continues to decline through to her 60s, resulting in skin issues such as wrinkles, skin discoloration and dryness.
“In recent years we’ve witnessed a revolution in the study of skin-cell fatigue, fueled by the development of technology that can visualize and measure skin-cell energy in living skin,” Professor Birch-Machin said.
“This science helps explain how skin-cells respond to internal and external factors – primarily, the four key energy drainers of stress, UV exposure, pollution and diet – and how skin-cell energy production declines with ageing.
“These drainers can affect skin energy in several ways – by creating free radicals that affect cell energy production, depleting skin’s natural antioxidant system, damaging nuclear DNA and cell proteins which then require energy for repairs, or damaging the mitochondrial DNA permanently which decreases energy production.”
Dr John Oblong, the principle scientist at Procter & Gamble, explains that this new technology and science, pioneered by companies like P&G, is now being utilized in the development of skincare products.
“By visualizing the metabolic activity of skin-cells, we can now measure the effect of specific ingredients and formulations on skin at a cellular level and carefully refine our product formulas to make them even more effective at refueling and protecting fatigued skin-cells, jumpstarting them into a new level of vitality,” Dr Oblong said.
“Women and men today are more engaged in the health of their skin than ever before, investing time, energy and in some cases – significant amounts of money.
“This new science suggests that the most expensive products may not yield better results, while the skin’s energy continues to be depleted by the key drainers of stress, UV exposure, pollution and diet.”