Anti-aging research is making great strides, thanks to new study findings that indicate which genes cause wrinkles and aging. Now, researchers are on a mission to improve the products that prevent them.
The academic party line is that signs of aging are partially genetic and partially environmental.
Now, a team of scientists at Procter and Gamble have culled through data from the $2 billion human genome project to pinpoint some 1,500 genes they say are responsible for aging in the form of skin wrinkles.
This number breaks down into several factors, including roughly 40 genes that reduce collagen over time, 400 genes that provoke skin inflammation, and then hundreds of antioxidant genes that become less effective as we get older. The researchers also found that the genes which govern the skin’s ability to stay hydrated can also be weakened, and that excessive sunlight can damage genes that keep the skin looking healthy and youthful.
Currently, most anti-aging products work by plumping up the skin or smoothing over wrinkles on a temporary basis. They don’t really address the root of the problem, which is genetic in many cases and based on lifestyle in others.
But the study results indicate that if specific genes can be controlled or stimulated, then anti-aging products of the future can and will yield better results by doing exactly that.