Study Unveils Secret of Exceptional Skin Agers

Did you ever wonder why some people seem to never age? Researchers at Harvard Medical School paired with DNA analysis company 23andMe studied genetic data from 231 women from a variety of ages and ethnic groups, to finally figure out what’s the secret of exceptional skin agers.


The initial outcomes of the study from Procter & Gamble’s Olay, include data from Caucasian and African women in their 20s to 70s. An Olay spokesperson told Clapway that scientists are continuing to collect and examine samples from Asia and Hispanic research participants.

By isolating people deemed to look exceptionally younger than their age, preliminary findings show that genes have a lot to do with “biological immortality”. Could this verdict solve the mystery confronting thousands of beauty-conscious people across the globe?

“Ageless” people seem to share a different way of expressing the approximately 2,000 genes, which affect cell energy, skin formation, and antioxidant production.


The Multi-Decade and Ethnicity Study (MDE) may have cracked the code to better aging by spotting biological similarities among an exclusive subcategory of women. Exceptional skin agers appear to have a unique skin ‘fingerprint’ pattern in common. Led by Dr. Alexa Kimball, Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, the research also found particular gene expression changes that influence the skin aging process of women at different stages of their life. Researcher are one step closer to unveiling a ‘forever young’ formula that could drastically shape the beauty industry worldwide.


According to the study, what’s exciting about these findings is that the genes that make up the unique skin fingerprint of exceptional skin agers may hold the key to successful aging. For everybody.

To solve the ‘nature or nurture’ dilemma, Olay has paired up with genetics company 23andMe. The company has recently created a sort of ‘ancestry map’ by publishing the biggest genetic profile of the United States to date, based on a study of 160,000 people.

The plan is to use Olay’s research to develop new anti-aging products, “activating” genes to help women across the world to finally look like exceptional skin agers.

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