Is epigenetics the answer to younger looking skin? As our understanding of epigenetic regulation grows, so too does our ability to develop more effective anti-ageing skin care ranges.
“Epigenetic regulation of gene expression” refers to the ways in which the environment can affect how our genes work. In terms of the skin, epigenetic regulation is a process by which certain activities (such as collagen production) are switched on and others (for example skin sensitivity) are not.
By better understanding how these mechanisms work, we can design treatments that help to significantly improve skin health and tone.
How much are our genes to blame for ageing skin?
Skin ageing involves both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic includes chronological ageing and genetic factors, while extrinsic is more about how we treat our skin. Prolonged sun exposure and cigarette smoking for instance can cause skin to age faster than it otherwise might.
While the passage of time affects us all in terms of skin ageing, genetic factors can exacerbate this to some degree.
For example, a person’s ethnicity can affect how many skin layers they have and their susceptibility to hyperpigmentation (darker skin patches). Darker skinned people generally have more layers of skin, which gives them more natural protection from the sun than those with lighter skin. But they can also be more vulnerable to skin moisture loss and patchiness.
It’s generally considered however that the degree to which genetics directly affects the skin-ageing process is relatively small – possibly around 10%.
This is good news as it means skin-ageing is not set in stone, and there are things that can help to regenerate and revitalise the skin.
Anti-ageing skin care: informed by science
Our understanding of the skin ageing process is important for developing beneficial treatments. This goes beyond moisturising the skin to make it appear temporarily smoother, and more towards treating it from “within” for a better result.
For example, peptides (short-chain amino acids) perform functions such as cell-signalling and activity-blocking, making them potentially useful for treating and preventing skin-ageing. Examples of these functions include promoting collagen production and relaxing skin wrinkles.
Studies of HydroPeptide’s anti-ageing skin care ranges have shown visible reductions in fine lines and wrinkles and in revitalising the skin of the participants.
This demonstrates the ways in which our understanding of epigenetics, the skin-ageing process and the actions of peptides can be combined to help create younger-looking skin.
Find out how HydroPeptide’s anti-ageing skin care works from within the skin. Check out the range here.