Mary Kay Inc. recently shared its latest research targeting the causes and underlying mechanisms of slackened skin.
The research was presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) held on September 18–21 in Bordeaux, France.
According to the research, the appearance of slackened, sagging skin tends to become prevalent in the fourth or fifth decade of life regardless of lifestyle or environmental exposure. The constant effect of gravity over time contributes to the emergence of prominent nasolabial folds and sagging skin along the jawline and neck.
“As sagging skin is a consumer concern, we developed a treatment product specifically targeted to lift sagging skin,” said Dr. Lucy Gildea, chief scientific officer at Mary Kay Inc. “Our scientists tested hundreds of materials on human skin cells to identify the most effective combination of ingredients that help promote natural hyaluronic acid and collagen, the two factors that are reduced in slackened skin. A unique peptide and meristem cells from the Centella asiatica plant stood out in terms of efficacy. That’s why we selected them for use in a cosmetic serum. The serum efficacy has been verified in our labs and by women themselves on their skin in clinical tests. This is the science behind our TimeWise Repair® Volu-Firm® Lifting Serum.”
Led by Dr. Gildea, Mary Kay’s Research and Development team comprises distinguished scientists holding doctorates and other advanced degrees across multiple disciplines: skin biology, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry and more. Mary Kay holds more than 1,500 patents for products, technologies, and packaging designs in its global portfolio. Last year, the company opened a more than $100 million state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility in Lewisville, Texas.