The Root Cause of Wrinkle Formation

Shiseido’s award-winning 3D imaging technology has uncovered mechanisms in skin thanks to its ability to visually separate the skin’s components. The latest findings reveal the root cause of wrinkles and ‘pre-wrinkles.’

Researchers utilized this 3D technology to analyze the mechano-physical properties of skin in various age groups, from young to senior. They found that the balance of elasticity between the stratum corneum and dermis deteriorates with age. This, they concluded, is the root cause of wrinkle formation. Some of these study results were presented at the IFSCC Congress in 2020.

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In addition, they observed that not only visible wrinkles, but also invisible “pre-wrinkles” can be improved with treatments targeting this imbalance in skin elasticity.

Analyses were made utilizing the company’s ultra-high resolution ultrasonic technology—which enables the evaluation of skin regions with thicknesses as small as one micron (1/1,000 of 1 mm); even the stratum corneum, measuring only a few tens of microns. Skin’s elastic properties were measured by layer in 130 Japanese women, from 20 to 60 years old, via skin’s repulsive force in response to pressing.

Results indicated the stratum corneum became harder with age whereas the dermis became softer, and the greater the elasticity gap between the stratum corneum and the dermis, the deeper the wrinkles. Furthermore, in terms of young skin with no visible wrinkles, the researchers reported areas having a larger elasticity gap between the stratum corneum and dermis are more likely to form wrinkles when the skin is deformed, such as during facial expressions.

In relation, female volunteers in their 40s applied a cream containing a simple form of retinol and moisturizing and softening agents repeatedly for four weeks. The mechanical properties of their skin were measured before and after product application.

The 3D analysis revealed skin’s elastic properties were resolved whether wrinkles were visible or invisible. In addition, both visible wrinkles and temporal or expression wrinkles were significantly reduced. Based on these results, the researchers confirmed that a skin care approach combining topical and ingestible care could improve “wrinkle-proneness” in skin even before wrinkles appear.



Nutrients and Healthy Fat

One ounce of almonds packs around 165 calories, 6 grams protein, 6 grams of carbohydrates, and 3.5 grams fiber. Plus, its 14 grams of fat is 80% monounsaturated fat — a healthy fat that helps lower your risk of heart disease while filling you up. 

“Bad” Cholesterol Buster

Almonds come packed with plant sterols, which are compounds that prevent your body from absorbing cholesterol. One-third cup of almonds a day, especially when you swap them for a less healthy snack choice, lowers your levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. 

Serve Up Calcium of all the nuts, almonds have the most calcium, at about 75 milligrams per ounce. Calcium is key for bone building, blood clotting, healthy muscles, and a strong heart. 

Dairy Substitute

Whether you have allergies or avoid dairy for other reasons, almond milk is a great stand-in for cow’s milk. It’s lactose free and cholesterol free and is often fortified with nutrients and vitamins.

Full of Fiber

Fiber is a healthy diet must: It helps keep you regular, keeps your blood sugar level, holds cholesterol in check, and lowers your risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. Almonds deliver 3.5 grams of fiber per ounce (about 23 almonds).

Help with Weight Loss

Noshing on almonds helps you feel fuller, which can curb your cravings. Even with their high calorie count, almonds don’t pack on pounds. In fact, some studies show almonds can help boost your metabolism and bring on weight loss. 

Better Sleep

The unsaturated fat in almonds boosts your serotonin levels during the day. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that helps control your sleep/wake cycles. Higher levels during the day mean better sleep at night.

Boost Your Sex Life

A recent study of men showed that a half cup of nuts a day enhanced their sex life, improving the quality of their orgasms and increasing their sexual desire

Build Immunity

Almonds come stocked with vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps build up your cells to better withstand damage. Studies show getting more vitamin E can help prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.