Researchers Develop a New Method to Prevent Skin Aging

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Researchers Develop a New Method to Prevent Skin Aging

Other factors that can contribute to skin aging include daily facial movement, stress, obesity, and even sleep position. / Photo by: rido via 123rf

 

Youth is a wonderful stage of life. Young people get to do the things they want and enjoy many activities without getting worried much about our age. Things will eventually get difficult when we start to age. Our body, face, and especially our skin react to the process. It is inevitable. People will get to have a taste of what aging feels like especially when it begins to manifest itself physically.

That's why a lot of people are trying to hide their age through their skin. They believe that when they achieve a clear, healthy, and wrinkle-free skin, their real age will not be noticed. However, it should be known that age is not only a matter of skin aging. A person should also look into their diet, lifestyle, heredity, and other personal habits. For instance, smoking produces free radicals that can damage cells and lead to premature wrinkles. 

According to an article by the WebMD, other factors that can contribute to skin aging include daily facial movement, stress, obesity, and even sleep position. Aside from that, our skin also naturally changes as we grow old. Some of the signs include skin becoming slack, more transparent and fragile, and easily bruised. Some people, especially those who are lovers of beauty, will definitely try to hide the signs. 

They would begin using facial creams, moisturizers, and other products to prevent the aging of their skin. Fortunately, a group of researchers has developed a new method to identify compounds that can prevent aging. 

New Method in Preventing Aging

A recent study conducted by the researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden developed a method based on a new way of determining age in cultured human cells. This can potentially help in preventing people's skin from aging. According to an article by the Science Daily, the researchers found some substances that can rejuvenate human cells and at the same time extend the lifespan and improve the health of the model organism C. elegans.

Skin aging is not only an indicator of a person's age but also their lifespan. At the same time, it can be a major risk factor for several age-related diseases, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Preventing aging is not for people's physical appearances but also a strategic way to help them live longer and healthier lives.

It has been known that finding substances that can prevent aging is challenging. In fact, there have been experiments on mammals, which are both time consuming and costly. 

 

The researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden developed a method based on a new way of determining age in cultured human cells. / Photo by: Kateryna Kon via 123rf

 

Additionally, aging involves a complex process that is difficult to measure at the cellular level, which has been recently solved by the researchers from the Karolinska Institutet. In an interview, lead author Christian Riedel from the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition said, "With our method, cell culture systems can be used to see how different substances affect the biological age of the cells." 

The researchers' method was based on the so-called transcriptome, which is known as a new way to interpret cellular information. It shows the information about all the RNA present in a particular cell or tissue at a given time. The transcriptome is also discovered as a good predictor of a person's age. The researchers then developed their method by using a large amount of those data from published sources. The classifiers, with the help from machine learning methods, have been used to analyze changes in the transcriptome of human cells. 

After that, the researchers identified the substances that can change human transcriptomes to a "younger" age. "We have developed an innovative method for finding substances that can prevent aging, and we identify Hsp90 inhibitors as new and promising candidate substances. Hsp90 inhibitors are already being tested for other treatment purposes, and no further studies are needed to investigate their effect on human aging," Riedel said. 

Best Anti-Aging Tips

There are several ways to prevent aging, and these involve maintaining a healthier, younger body and mind. More importantly, getting a healthier skin doesn't happen overnight and one should really invest in it. Some factors that can cause our skin to age prematurely are our lifestyle choices and the environment.

According to an article by the American Academy of Dermatology, one of the ways to prevent premature skin aging is protecting our skin from the Sun on a daily basis. Sun protection is extremely important since the rays of the Sun can damage our skin. Some of the ways to do this include using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, covering up with clothing, and avoiding too much exposure. 

It would also be helpful to not smoke since it can speed up a person's skin aging. At the same time, it can also cause a dull, sallow complexion and wrinkles. One should also maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet because what we eat really matters in our overall health. Several studies have suggested that it's better to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that can prevent premature skin aging. 

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