Biotech Beauty: Anti-Inflammaging Skincare
January 02, 2022

Biotech Beauty: Anti-Inflammaging Skincare


Biotech Beauty: Anti-Inflammaging Skincare | Ben Van Handel

You are going to get the masterclass that you never knew you needed. Today we're speaking with Dr. Ben Van Handel, Ph.D. He is a stem cell biologist and also the co-founder of Heraux. He will discuss how chronic everyday inflammation ages the skin and ways to reverse the process. He will also talk about some of the most common skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema, how they all have an inflammatory component, and the best ways to treat them. Also, he's going to talk about the chemistry behind some of the most popular skincare ingredients like retinol, peptides, and vitamin C, to explain how they work in the skin and make complicated biological processes like epigenetic, stem cell regeneration, and autophagy.

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What is inflammaging? [2:39]

UV is the #1 cause of skin inflammaging [4:42]

Choices that are not great for your skin [7:10]

The role of peptides in skincare [12:13]

The role of vitamin C in skincare [13:42]

The role of retinol in skincare [17:23]

How long does it take for a skincare routine to show results? [20:04]

How to use retinol [22:15]

Retinol: when can you expect results? [23:10]

Autophagy is a critical part of healthy aging [24:03]



"Inflammaging" is a fancy term for how chronic inflammation accelerates the aging process.

UV damage is the #1 cause of "inflammaging." UV coming from the sun causes DNA damage in our stem cells and is a dramatic driver of chronic inflammation in the skin.

Peptides sit superficially on the skin. They don't penetrate very far. Peptides are good at temporarily masking the appearance of fine lines, and to a lesser extent, wrinkles.

Antioxidants like Vitamin C are able to neutralize free radicals so they can no longer have detrimental effects on either the DNA or other biochemical components in the cell.

Retinol activates the stem cells and gets them to essentially start producing more daughter cells a little bit faster, so that you can accelerate the production of new skin.

Autophagy is all about being able to recycle cellular components without damaging the cell, and it's a critical part of healthy aging in a cell or in an organism like us.

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