This week, the Nobel committee has been announcing its prize winners, and I was amused to see that the scientists honored for the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics had invented blue light emitting diodes (LED). Since here at Truth In Aging we have long recognized the value of blue LED, we were inspired to brainstorm our own set of Nobel Prize winners.
The Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for Physics
Keeping pace with the Nobel committee, we just have to honor blue LED light, as well. The magic of blue light is that it gently and effectively treats breakouts and even acne. How does it work? Blue light wavelengths pass to the skin and produce singlet oxygen that can destroy acne-causing bacteria. These targeted bacteria that produce the inflammation associated with acne are known as propionibacterium acnes, or “P. acnes”. P. acnes releases porphyrins, which are naturally occurring molecules in the body. When porphyrins are exposed to certain wavelengths of light, free radical damage is produced, which destroys the bacteria. Our prize winner for shedding blue light is the Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop), FDA-cleared for the treatment of facial wrinkles and acne. It is a handheld, at-home device combining ultrasound technology with red and blue LED light therapy.
The Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Chemistry is what defines modern anti-aging products. New ingredient discoveries, intelligent formulations and smart packaging are the hallmarks of cutting edge anti-aging beauty products that we love to discover. Our Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for chemistry has (as permitted by the Nobel Prize rules) two winners.
First, we honor E’shee for coming up with a most unusual active: far infrared waves. They are the longest rays in the light spectrum and are easily absorbed by the body to a depth of up to three inches. There, they can do useful things — wound healing being one of them. In E’shee’s Elixir of Life KI Therapy Serum ($189 in the shop) they are harnessed in the form of far infrared ceramic powder. Research has demonstrated greater collagen regeneration and infiltration of fibroblasts that expressed transforming growth factor-(TGF-1). What’s more, this serum works.
As does Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop). The heavy-hitting serum combines potent anti-agers, such as copper peptides, Matrixyl 3000, Lipochroman-6 and niacinamide. The bottle is a novel airless dual chamber. The premise is that the ingredients are most active when they first encounter one another, so they are kept in separate chambers until used.
The Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for Medicine
Osmotics has thought long and hard about the physical changes that women go through with menopause and how those dramatic hormonal shifts affect our skin. That is why we are honoring Osmotics with our Nobel Prize for medicine. The Prime range, including the Blue Copper 5 Prime ($135) and the Blue Copper 5 Cooling Mist ($35) are not medicines as such, but they are just what the doctor ordered. A key ingredient is a patented tetrapeptide. This is acetyl tetrapeptide-2, and it compensates for the loss of certain hormones, such as thymopoietin, which slows down cell renewal and curbs the skin’s natural immune functions. It is also said to counteract the force of gravity. The mist has a special marine oligosaccharide that cools the skin — a perfect, high-tech spritz for whenever you have a hot flash.
Our medicine prize also goes to MitoQ 5mg Targeted Anti-oxidant Supplements ($69.95 in the shop). They have a patented and turbo-charged form of CoQ10 called Mitoquinol Mesylate and are designed to target mitochondria and promote optimal cell function. Mitochondria are responsible for providing the necessary energy for cell activity. Without mitochondria, most cells couldn’t function; and if cells couldn’t function, we wouldn’t exist. Testers from the Truth In Aging community reported that taking the supplements gave them higher energy levels and fresher looking skin.
The Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for Literature
We decided to interpret this prize as the product that is most written about and commented on by the Truth In Aging community. This would have to be AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop), with tons of reviews and feedback on what it does for firmer lids, smoother under-eyes and even longer lashes. The key active is AQ's human fibroblast conditioned media. This contains growth factors — specifically, TGF-Beta, GM-CSF and PDGF. These signal the cells to do countless things, including repairing wounds, stimulating collagen and glycosaminoglycan production and inhibiting matrix degradation.
The Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for Peace
In a stressful world, warring factions attack the skin. Think pollution, UV rays, smoke, sugar and more. To suffer slings and arrows, we turn to Blissoma Peace Evening Calming Crème ($25.99). If redness and irritation is making you look like Mrs. Angry, find peace with 22 active ingredients and phyto-chemistry. The anti-inflammatory concoction will not only sooth stressed skin, it is relaxing for the nervous system, and our tester, Valerie, reported using it as her night cream and sleeping better.
The Truth In Aging Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences
Bang for your buck is the criteria for our prize for economic sciences. Sciote is one of the anti-aging beauty brands that delivers on this. I especially admire Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum ($75 in the shop). The formula punches above its price point with a 50% hyaluronic acid and MSM, a source of sulfur. There are plenty of vitamins as well as antioxidant green tea and horsetail, which can be helpful for broken veins. Whenever I use this serum or look at the ingredients list, I know that every cent spent has been put to work.