Merck helps reverse ageing effects of city living

A silhouette of a woman superimposed over an image of heavy traffic and smog Growing older is inevitable. While there is no shame in getting older, most people want to look their best for as long as possible.

Skin does become vulnerable over time. Fine lines and wrinkles will appear, skin may start to sag and irregular pigmentation will become visible. Coupled with these extrinsic signs of ageing are the effects of lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet, excessive exposure to the sun and everyday stresses, which all take their toll on the skin.

Formulators and consumers alike are becoming increasingly aware of the impact pollution has on our skin. Therefore comprehensive anti-pollution concepts are needed. Urban city living exposes us toxic materials such as VOCs, carbon particles, PAHs and heavy metals from motor vehicle emissions and the industries around us. Let’s not forget the impact of exposure to radiation, either from the sun or from artificial sources such as UV light or radiant heaters, as well as constant exposure to air conditioners.

Particulate matter from atmospheric pollution breaks down collagen and elastin. It also reduces the levels of Vitamin E and squalene, making the skin become dehydrated and fragile through the loss of epidermal and dermal water capacities. While this all sounds rather ominous, there are solutions at hand.

Solutions for fine lines and wrinkles

Let’s start by addressing fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, the lines of communication between our skin and cells break down. As a result, the body no longer produces collagen or elastin in the same quantities needed to repair skin damage as it did when we were younger.

RonaCare Cyclopeptide-5 alcohol free (INCI: Water, Glycerin, Lecithin, Ectoin, Cyclotetrapeptide-24, Aminocyclohexane Carboxylate) offers an elegant solution to this problem. It is the first homodetic, cyclic, biomimetic peptide for cosmetics application. This cyclic peptide is customised to fit dedicated integrins, or skin surface receptors, which take care of skin’s communication processes. This unique peptide mimics the transmission of signals between skin cells and the extracellular matrix, initiating skin’s own repair mechanisms. It results in smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.

Novel anti-pollution active

The next concern is neutralising the impact of pollutants on skin by attacking the free radicals and ROS (reactive oxygen species), which are formed by exposure to air pollution and/or radiation.

RonaCare AP (INCI: Bis-Ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate) is Merck’s premium radical protection ingredient, which prevents premature skin aging efficiently and continuously over 24 hours. It is as efficient as Tocopherol yet as stable as Tocopherol Acetate, which means it provides ongoing radical protection. It also protects the sebum components, reducing skin redness and the formation of acne. This ingredient protects the skin against IR radiation– and, as an added benefit, will stabilise UV filters in a formulation.

Super moisturiser for skinA mature woman who is ageing gracefully

What about fragile, dehydrated skin? Dry skin tends to look older too and for this we have RonaCare Ectoin (INCI: Ectoin). This natural ingredient is best known for its ‘super moisturiser’ capability, which creates a moisture reservoir within the skin. This benefit is still detectable seven days after application. It has also been proven to smooth wrinkles, reduce the risk of UV light damage and pro-actively protect against further sun damage. Added to that, products containing Ectoin have been shown to create a sensation of well-being – giving the consumer confidence, attractiveness, and an improved self-esteem.

Even tone offering

As we get older, dreaded age spots and hyperpigmentation become more prevalent. We also know from Prof Krutmann’s large scale studies in both Germany and China that pollution is most likely responsible for increased lentigines (or age spots).

This problem can be addressed by using RonaCare Pristine Bright Liquid (INCI: Methoxyphenyl t-Butylphenyl Propanediol, Propylene Glycol). This active offers a potent yet safe alternative for reducing pigmented spots and diminishing the accompanying yellowness in skin tone, giving skin enhanced natural luminosity and radiance. The product works by down-regulating the gene expression of tyrosinase and dopachrome tautomerase while reducing the melanin content in human melanocytes.

While cosmetics science cannot slow down time or prevent anyone from getting older, constant research and improvements in our knowledge of how the skin works can us all look our best, whatever our age.

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