Skin Aging Research at Beiersdorf

Drivers of Skin Aging

Skin aging has numerous reasons, which can be divided into two groups. On the one hand, there are the skin’s internal factors, which can be influenced very little, if at all. This includes natural aging, which is characterized by slower cell division and a reduced supply of blood to the blood vessels. Genetic predisposition is also an internal factor. For example, men’s skin ages more slowly than women’s. And hormonal changes, such as those that occur during puberty and menopause, also have an effect on skin aging. On the other hand, there are external factors, which are largely dependent on a person’s lifestyle. These include significant exposure of the skin to sunlight – In particular, UVA rays in sunlight cause premature skin aging, as they promote the decomposition of collagen. Stress and smoking can also have a negative effect on the skin’s structure.

Signs of Skin Aging

From 20 years of age onwards: loss of moisture, first fine lines
From 30 years of age onwards: skin produces fewer lipids, first forehead wrinkles
From 40 years of age onwards: skin becomes drier and thinner, first small eye wrinkles
From 50 years of age onwards: supply of nutrients becomes worse, pale complexion, less elasticity, saggy contours
From 60 years of age onwards: loss of density and thickness, contours become indistinct, moles occur
From 70 years of age onwards: extremely dry skin, expanded veins, liver spots on face, neck, and hands

Research: Since their inception, in Beiersdorf’s research laboratories we have intensively searched for ingredients that counteract the signs of skin aging. The use of Q10 in NIVEA products for the first time back in 1998 marked a milestone in the development of antiwrinkle products by Beiersdorf. Since then, Q10 has been one of NIVEA’s bestsellers. Beiersdorf researchers continue to work systematically on improving Q10 technology, but also search for new opportunities for supporting the functions of mature skin in a natural way.

Key Antiaging Ingredients from Beiersdorf Research

Magnolia: Magnolia has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It is extracted from the bark of the magnolia tree and has outstanding antioxidant properties. Since oxidative stress is one of the main causes of skin aging, Beiersdorf goes for this traditional ingredient and can prove its stress-reducing effects on cultured skin cells.

Creatine: Creatine is converted into an energy-rich form by the skin cells. When more energy is needed, the cell can quickly take the energy back from it. As a result, skin cells supercharged with energy due to adding creatine are perfectly equipped to handle energy-depleting stress attacks and can also cover increased energy needs when the skin needs to repair itself. Using products containing creatine improves the skin’s structure and reduces fine wrinkles.

Hyaluronan: Beiersdorf researchers have processed this important source of moisture so that in a cream, it can penetrate to just the right depth in the skin and once there, help accumulate moisture and fill in small wrinkles.

Arctiin: The antiaging ingredient arctiin is found in highly concentrated form in the fruit extract of the regionally cultivated Arctium lappa “nuda” plant. In cell cultures, arctiin exhibits extremely positive effects on the production of new collagen.

Q10: This coenzyme plays a key role in the process of extracting energy from nutrients that is necessary for skin metabolism in the cells. The level of Q10 in the skin decreases with age; if it is introduced to the skin in a cream, the skin’s energy level can increase measurably.