Anti-Aging Commercial Skin Care Products Do They Really Work? This is the question many of us silently ask when eying a pricey, new commercial “skin tightener” or “wrinkle-remover.”
Well, the question has been asked and answered by world-renowned dermatologist Professor Chris Griffiths. Associate Dean for Research for The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.
Heading a 12-month clinical trial that included 60 volunteers with wrinkles and other typical damage resulting from everyday exposure to the sun, and a placebo control group, the study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
“…showed that 70% of individuals using the beauty product had significantly fewer wrinkles after 12 months of daily use compared to volunteers using a placebo.
The research team, headed by Professor of Dermatology Chris Griffiths, reported last year that the original No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum stimulated the production of fibrillin-1, a protein that promotes elasticity in the skin.
For this latest, year-long study, the researchers first wanted to discover whether the new No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum also promoted fibrillin-1 production but also wished to test whether this would result in a reduction in wrinkles, as has been demonstrated with prescription retinoids.
“Very blue guest of wedding dresses few over-the-counter cosmetic ‘anti-ageing’ products have been subjected to a rigorous, scientific trial to prove their effectiveness,” said Professor Griffiths, who is based in the University’s School of Translational Medicine at Salford Royal Foundation Hospital.
“Although prescription retinoids can have a reparative effect on photo-aged skin, there is scant evidence that any of the plethora of cosmetic ‘anti-ageing’ products can produce similar effects.”
The clinical trial – funded by Boots, the makers of the No7 product range – was carried out using standard scientific protocols. Having established that the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum did increase fibrillin-1 production, 60 volunteers – 11 men and 49 women aged 45 to 80 years – were recruited to test its efficacy.
The No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum and a control formulation containing no anti-ageing ingredients were supplied in identical, coded packages, so neither investigators nor volunteers were aware as to the treatment of each individual. Thirty volunteers were assigned the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum and 30 used the placebo formulation.
“Our findings demonstrate that a commercially-available cosmetic can produce significant improvement in the appearance of facial wrinkles following long-term use,” said Professor Griffiths.
“It is rare for such benefits to be reported for an over-the-counter anti-ageing product and this study paves the way for larger studies with more statistical power.”
This answers the question Anti-Aging Commercial Skin Care Products Do They Really Work? Although I know the commercial products I use make a big difference, reading the research makes me feel a heck of a lot better about shelling out the big bucks. How about you?
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Update: I have found the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum on Amazon.com and this product has, overall, glowing customer comments, qualifies for free super saver shipping, and by cosmetic standards, is very reasonably priced. Additionally, Amazon carries more products in the Boots line, such as a night moisturizer, that may be of interest.
A 61 year old woman, with a confessed “low maintenance” skin care program feels this product has kept her skin youthful, sans suncreen, and a one-ounce bottle can last her up to 3 months. Other women have been elated: “Love it!” “Awesome,” and have given rave reviews to the entire Boots line. Of course, not everyone is going to feel it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. One woman simply didn’t like the way it felt on her skin. Here are the full comments.
My personal feelings? I’m not too crazy about the overall ingredient list. Lots of cosmetically approved items in there that are far from natural. So I’m back to asking, Anti-Aging Commercial Skin Care Products Do They Really Work? Even if they do, I feel no matter how glowing the reviews or the clinical studies, I always read the ingredient list before casting my vote. How about you? Please let me know if you think the overall results are worth a few “iffy” ingredients? And Like, Share, and Tweet this article if you found it of value.
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