Written by Avery Samuels, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD
With injectables as the gold standard for antiaging, has SkinBetter Science stumbled on a topically apllied “fountain of youth” with its AlphaRet?
Are you aware that the skin is the largest organ in the body with a two-way protective function? It shields us from harmful external elements like sun rays and creates a barrier so that precious moisture from within does not evaporate, leaving skin supple and dewy-fresh. However, as we age, our skin is no longer as resilient and visible signs of aging such as dryness, fine lines, wrinkles. uneven texture and age spots can no longer be managed by our regular skin care. But could we truly rewind, regenerate and rejuvenate? Science shows that a combination of treatments from cutting-edge topicals (like SkinBetter Science), injectibles, collagen stimulators, facials and supplements on top of a healthy diet and moderate exercise do wonders to make us look as young as we feel.
“A comprehensive approach to age management requires more than aesthetic procedures it is a commitment to blending procedures, skincare and a healthy lifestyle.” — SkinBetter Science
How SkinBetter Science Works
SkinBetter Science understands skin; aging skin, specifically, because it was one of the developers of Dysport, a popular wrinkle relaxer and Restylane, a leading dermal filler family. From this rich dermatological heritage, it now created a comprehensive skincare line-up from the mash-up of two of the most trusted and most clinically effective ingredients: Alpha Glycolic Acid and Retinol or AlphaRet whcih promises to:
– repair damaged skin,
– reduce wrinkle formation
– lift and tigten skin.
Ageing Skin: First Understand, then Remedy
Ageing is a universal and inevitable experience. Genetics play a role, but there are some habits that make us look older than our chronological age. Poor nutrition, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, harsh weather conditions, and pollution are some key factors that hasten this process; resulting to rough, dull and dry skin – instead of hydrated, smooth and elastic. Squinting, frowning, and even laughing, create fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, glabella (between the eyes), crow’s feet and nasolabial folds, making us look worried, tired, angry, and fierce, even at rest. Stress from any source, also causes the release of free radicals, a main contributor to the aging process. Last but not least, excessive and unprotected sun exposure causes photoaging; a primary cause of premature wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and cancer.
The skin is made up of 3 layers: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The epidermis is the most exposed and is continuouslly exfoliating to slough off dead skin. This renewal process “brightens and freshens” the complexion but becomes less efficient as we age. The dermis, where the matrix of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid are located, offers crucial support, structure and elasticity. Aging causes the disintegraiton and weakening of the elastin and collagen fibers in the dermis and the reduction of hyaluronic acid production. The hypodermis contains the fat layer which makes skin look plump. This too, thins with aging. Underneath all these are the facial muscles that contract and are resposible for active wrinkling.
Fountains of Youth: InterFuse™ and AlphaRet™
Our skin is one very hard-working organ. As a protective barrier, it also blocks bigger molecules, like hyaluronic acid, even if it is beneficial to the skin. Hyaluronic acid, Nature’s own beauty secret gives the skin it’s plump and fresh appearance, is a component of the best-selling injectable fillers and is produced naturally. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less, resulting to volume loss. In the past, effective concentrations can only be achieved by injection until the “skinbetter science™ team developed InterFuse™ , a revolutionary no-needle approach to delivering ingredients that normally cannot pass through the skin’s defensive barrier”. In a nutshell, topical application of hyalorunic acid can NOW reach deeper areas fast, where it can work on improving skin texture and elasticity.
Though it is not a replacement for injectables which can specifically add volume to a target area, topical application was found to be efffective for expression lines. Why is this significant? A clinical study published in the British Journal of Dermatology proved that “the longer you wait to proactively treat expression
lines (caused by facial movements), the deeper those lines will become”. The beauty of using topicals is that lines which are located in areas off-limits to needles can now be treated effectively and safely – before they progresively turn to deeper wrinkles!
Retinoic acid and alphaglycolic acids are the cornerstone of the anti-aging and acne therapy of any dermatologist worth his/her salt. In the past, these two gold standard ingredients could not be incorporated together in a single formula because it was very irritating to the skin. Up until now, that is. Accoding to SkinBetter Science, “AlphaRet™, a revolutionary and proprietary retinoid technology that provides visible skin rejuvenation with real retinoid efficacy. AlphaRet™ is a powerful innovation that tackles the appearance of lines,wrinkles and uneven skin tone with the combination of two gold standard ingredients, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a retinoid to create what scientists know as a double conjugated retinoid. This powerhouse de-aging technology offers maximum skin rejuvenation with little to no irritation.” Clinically, we see this as significant repair of the collagen zone in the dermal layer of the skin and sloughing off of the older and outer layers of the skin. Fans of this treatment attest to having glowing skin and less pronounced crow’s feet and undereye discoloration.
SkinBetter Science has two other cutting-edge products that will complete your anti-aging regimen from protection to regeneration & renewal, and ultimately to lifting.
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