Nu Skin scientists Helen Knaggs, Ph.D., vice president of Nu Skin global research and development, and Remona Gopaul, had an article published in the July issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, a leading information source for researchers and scientists in the cosmetic and personal care industry.
The article focused on research that shows the effect of salicin, an active ingredient unique to Nu Skin ageLOC skin care products, on the expression of specific proteins that are known to protect cells from damage caused by stressful conditions, including UV exposure.
The proteins, known as heat shock proteins (HSPs), are expressed in all organisms in response to elevated temperatures and other external stress factors. The proteins protect cells, and also work with newly formed proteins to ensure proper functioning and interact with other molecules to help repair cells. These roles make HSPs an important target for topical ingredients that address skin aging, repair and protection from damaging conditions
The study concluded that salicin not only induced the expression of certain HSPs and HSP regulators, but also down regulated genes that inhibit HSP expression. This dual-action approach to influencing the activity of specific HSPs provides a comprehensive mechanism of action in protecting cells from stress-induced damage
This study is one of several projects that the R&D team has successfully published to validate Nu Skin’s ageLOC approach of improving the appearance of skin by resetting the expression of genes associated with youthful skin,” said Knaggs.
Nu Skin’s ageLOC science targets the sources of aging by identifying youth gene clusters and using active ingredients that have the ability to reset youthful activity patterns of those gene clusters.