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Antiaging: Are We Stressed Too Much?
Posted: December 31, 2007
Everything changes and everyone ages. Combining these two thoughts logically implies that one day we will not age any longer--and it is true; the day will arrive when we are either dead or, finally, the ultimate antiaging product has been created. I know which one of the two options I prefer. But are these indeed the right options?
Let me first differentiate between being alive and being young. The statements above deliberately make the mistake of interpreting antiaging as preventing us from passing on to "the other world," whereas that is not what cosmetic products do at all. That would definitely fall outside of the approved functions for what cosmetic products can do and, I believe, even outside of the approved functions for drugs.
Consumers prefer aging over the alternative--they want to get old but not to be old, i.e., look old. All we want is to stay younger for longer... How successful have we been until now? I have experienced living examples of elderly people proudly telling me their age, simply because their looks did not match their age. These have also been the only times that I have heard people of 30+ years proudly stating their age--because they looked significantly younger than their calendar age. But why then does not everybody look younger for longer, if it technically can be done?
Yes, we do indeed have great active ingredients that can prevent our collagen molecules from being hopelessly tangled; however, they are included at too low concentrations in formulations that may feel great but that do not necessarily deliver the active ingredient. On occasion, some obviously do get it right and the users of those products look younger for longer. But the rest of us, including me, have aged yet another year as we are heading into 2008. Our wrinkles keep deepening as the years go by... I ask you, if we have products that really do work and living examples to prove it, why have we not really solved the problem of antiaging yet?
We’re doing such great science to reveal the secrets of skin aging.... At the Annual Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase of the SCC in December 2007, Leonard Guarente, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spoke about sirtuins, aging and diseases in the Frontiers of Science Award Lecture, sponsored by Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine.