Answer: Its sounds like a back room beauty product– Botox in a gel that you simply apply to the skin. But its really happening. A true Botox topical gel is deep in clinical trials and results are very encouraging. The gel is applied to the skin by a physician and delievers about 25% of the impact of a Botox injection. According to Reverance Therapeutics which is developing the gel, more than 200 patients have been treated with it and it has been shown to be both safe and effective. It will be approved for treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and offer a reasonable option for those of us who cringe at injections. I’ve heard that the price for applications will be significantly less than true Botox, about $150/treatment.
Sometimes anti-aging ingredients and skin care product descriptions sound like a review sheet for a medical board exam. This week questions about two anti-aging ingredients sent me to Pub Med, the NIH online medical library for the answers.
Question 1– What is Idebenone?
This is a synthetic antioxidant that is designed to mimic CoQ10, a naturally occurring oxidant found in our cells. (FYI CoQ10 which is responsible for energy, decreases as we get older). Idebenone is an especially powerful antioxidant, perhaps the most powerful antioxidant in our anti-aging arsenal. Antioxidants in general help prevent aging by dealing with free radicals in the cells. Our biggest sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, alcohol and sunlight. It certainly makes sense to put antioxidnts into a sunscreen where it can do hand to hand combat with … Continue Reading… →