Hallelujah! Natural solution to age old wrinkles
IF ONLY there was a guaranteed way to prevent wrinkles.
An invasive and expensive face lift is one way, but few like to go down that path.
Some spend a small fortune expensive serums, moisturisers and anti-ageing products that promise much but often deliver little.
The rest of us do the best we can to prevent those crowsfeet and frown lines.
Wrinkles are a natural process of ageing but it seems that now it may not have to be that way.
Scientists in the US have identified a natural way to regenerate the fat cells that keep skin looking young and smooth.
It sounds too good to be true, but if it is so it is good news for seniors, bad news for the multi-billion dollar global skin-care industry.
Researchers have said their work, which focused on scarring, could have much wider implications such as genuine spectacular anti-ageing treatments.
"Our findings can potentially move us toward a new strategy to regenerate adipocytes in wrinkled skin, which could lead to brand new anti-ageing treatments," Professor George Cotsarelis from the University of Pennsylvania said.
Fat cells are normally found in skin but are lost when scars form as a result of ageing. A lack of these cells (adipocytes) is one of the main reasons why permanent wrinkles become etched on the faces of older people.
Lab studies showed how hair follicles held the key to keeping healing skin scar-free and smooth by releasing a vital signalling molecule. This was found to instruct scar-forming cells commonly found in healing wounds, myofibroblasts, to transform themselves into adipocytes.
The researchers spent years working out how to turn myofibroblasts into fat cells that do not cause scarring. Now they claim they have cracked it.
"Our findings can potentially move us towards a new strategy to regenerate adipocytes in wrinkled skin, which could lead us to brand new anti-ageing treatments," Professor George Cotsarelis said.
While this is exciting news, it may be some time coming, so keep up the skin care regime in the meantime.