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What Role Does Skin Science Play As We Grow Older?


Experts recognise that taking care of our appearance as we grow older can have a hugely positive effect on our self-esteem, helping people to experience ageing differently, in a more positive way.

As cosmetic science enhances our understanding of how our bodies age, new products are being created that are right at the cutting edge of biological understanding. But can skin science really bring physiological as well as psychological benefits?

The CTPA has explored this with a range of experts and captured some of their views here.

What is the legacy of sun damage?

 

Dr Emma Meredith, Head of Scientific and Technical services at CTPA, and Professor Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology, Newcastle Biomedicine, discuss sunburnt DNA and how to be sun safe, setting out how skin damage that can occur from sun exposure over time, and how sun protection works to prevent this.

 

Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology, Newcastle Biomedicine: has wide experience and expertise in areas including nanotechnology, mitochondrial DNA and ageing, sunscreen testing and sun-safe awareness.

Dr Emma Meredith, Head of Scientific and Technical Services at the CTPA: a pharmacist by profession, Emma is responsible for the full breadth of scientific and technical work of the Association, which includes dealing with many and varied ingredient issues and technical guidance on bringing a cosmetic product to the market.


Nanotechnology and its role in sunscreen

 

Dr Chris Flower, Director General of the CTPA and Professor Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology, Newcastle Biomedicine, explore the science of the very small – nanotechnology. They explain what the term means, and how nanomaterials are safely used in cosmetic product.

 

Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology, Newcastle Biomedicine: has wide experience and expertise in areas including nanotechnology, mitochondrial DNA and ageing, sunscreen testing and sun-safe awareness.

Dr Chris Flower, Director-General of the CTPA: a Chartered Biologist and toxicologist, Chris has led the CTPA’s growing body of research on self-esteem since 2004, when the Association published The Self Esteem Society, the first in a series of reports on the subject.


What role does caring for our skin play on our self-esteem?

 

Dr Julian Mason, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, discusses body confidence and how we can safe-guard self-esteem as we age – both by looking after our skin, as well as thinking positively about the ageing experience.

 

Dr Julian Mason, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust: an expert on the topic of self-esteem in connection with appearance and ageing, drawing on his own experiences and research as a practising clinician.