What is “genomics”, and how will it effect what will be in your next skin care product? Well, let me first start by giving you the official definition as provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which states, “The term ‘genomics’ encompasses a broader scope of scientific inquiry associated technologies than when genomics was initially considered. A genome is the sum total of all an individual organism’s genes. Thus, genomics is the study of all the genes of a cell, or tissue, at the DNA (genotype), mRNA (transcriptome), or protein (proteome) levels.” Well, that certainly was a mouthful, wasn’t it? However, for purposes of this article, I will demonstrate how the use of this new genomic skin technology and its resulting identification of three new skin proteins at the cellular level will forever change the landscape of anti-aging skin care as we know it.
1) Tensin. This protein in the skin helps facilitate the clamping and anchoring down of cells, but unfortunately its production drops as we get older. If a product can restore the body’s tensin, skin will appear firmer and more youthful. Fibroblasts, the cells that make up collagen, is essential to keeping skin firm and soft. Researchers at Chanel’s scientific lab have identified a plant compound called Elemi-PFA that stimulates the body’s stores of tensin, which can now be found in their Precision Ultra Correction Lift cream product.
2) Activin. When skin is injured, this protein prompts collagen growth to promote wound healing. And because aging skin is also damaged skin, activin can do similar repair, thereby reducing wrinkles. In independent studies, mice that were genetically altered to be deficient in activin could not adequately heal when injured, whereas mice bred to produce activin could easily establish new collagen on skin damaged sites. However, there is one big problem, activin is far to large of a molecule to penetrate the skin. Avon researchers nonetheless, not being ones to be easily deterred, discovered an ingredient in two Asian plants, Amorphophallus and Sesbania, a plant-derived phytochemical that has been proven to stimulate activin production. This new ingredient, which they have coined “Activinol”, is now being used in their Anew Reversalist Renewal Serum.
3) Serpin B3. One result of ultra-violet (UV) sun exposure is the production of a protein in skin cells called serpin B3, which causes dryness and roughness of one’s skin. But, a company out of Japan called Shiseido has patented a synthetic amino acid that they have labeled Skingenecell-1P, which suppresses this production, resulting in more moisturized skin. Serpin B3 inhibitors have been found in large quantities in people with dry and sun damaged skin, and when skin cells are exposed to UV rays in the lab, the inflamed cells that die off contain a lot of this protein.
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