Olay Reveals Why Some Women Age Better Than Others | Essence.com
Olay recently conducted a Multi-Decade and Ethnicity (MDE) study to understand the skin aging process. Conducted with Dr. Alexa Kimball of Harvard Medical School, the study examined 350 women from four different ethnic groups and spanning six decades, with participants ranging in age from their 20’s to 70’s. Their findings won’t surprise you. “Women of African-American background aged slower than women of Caucasian background as far as skin appearance was concerned,” says Olay principal scientist, Dr. Frauke Neuser. “In fact, the aging process seemed to be slowed down by about 10 years.”
As the company continues to seek to better understand the drivers of aging, we asked Dr. Frauke Neuser to weigh in and dig deeper into Olay’s findings.
ESSENCE: There are rumors that darker skin ages more “gracefully” than lighter skin. Is this true? If so, what’s the cause? Dr. Frank Neuser: In Olay’s Multi-Decade and Ethnicity Study we have found that women of African-American background aged slower than women of Caucasian background as far as skin appearance was concerned. In fact, the aging process seemed to be slowed down by about 10 years. We believe this is not just due to the higher melanin content in their skin which serves as natural UV protection—although it certainly plays a role. We are now studying the exact molecular pathways in dark and light skin more closely to determine what drives this apparently slower skin aging process.Also read:
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