Epigenetics As The Future of Skin Care


You may have already heard the word “Epigenetics” before. Let’s make sure you know what it truly means and how can you benefit from it.

Nowadays, cosmetic science is increasingly driven by biology rather than chemistry, and the science of skin care keeps getting more and more sophisticated and inspiring. Epigenetics certainly conforms to new biggest trend in skin care, and the time has come for everyone involved in beauty and health product development to find ways to support proper DNA transcription.


  1. DNA Is Constantly Multiplied In Your Body, Yes, Even Now!

DNA in humans contains about six billion base pairs divided between 46 chromosomes, 23 each from the mother and father. It contains the coding information for about 20,000 genes, which in turn direct the process of creating proteins, the building blocks of all living organisms.

Epigenome means “above” the genome. It consists of chemical compounds that mark the genome in a way that tells it what to do, where to do it and when. Those epigenetic marks can be passed on from cell to cell, as cells divides, and from one generation to the next during pregnancy. Genes are the protein-coding parts of the genome. In a process called “gene expression”, a specific section of DNA is exposed to encode a strand of messenger called RNA, which is the final template for protein synthesis.

It is important to know that different sets of genes are turned on or off in various kinds of cells at different points in time, and the differences in types and amounts of proteins produced, determine how cells look, grow and act. The epigenome changes in response to signals. Signals come from inside the cell, from neighboring cells, or from the outside world (environment). The two important reactions in the epigenome which are “Methylation” and “Acetylation”. The good news is that unlike the genes we inherited from our parents, Methyl groups can be found in our foods and affected by our lifestyle, thus are mostly under our control!

For example, during pregnancy, the foods the mother brings into her body forms the building blocks for shaping the growing fetus and its developing epigenome. Other types of signals, such as stress hormones, can also travel from mom to fetus and from cell to cell. The same DNA transcription happened constantly within the skin during cell division. It is now known that the between years 30-40 the skin’s turnover takes around 30 days to renew, therefore the foods and amount of stress you are in during, may conclude the shape, quality and health of those new, young, daughter cells.


  1. What Is Methyl And How Can You Get It?

Methyl is a nutrient which produces the biochemical process called “methylation”, where chemicals components are added to proteins, DNA, or other molecules to keep the body functioning properly. Once a signal reaches a cell, proteins carry information inside. Like runners in a relay race, proteins pass information to one another. The arrangement of the methyl groups on the DNA can truly affect the health state of the body, during DNA transcription. Also, enzymes attach to the DNA, often near the beginning of a gene and add or remove epigenetic tags. If the enzyme can’t attach to DNA due to a blocking methyl group, the gene remains “off” and is not copied into the new, daughter cell.

It is now becoming a trend to give “Methyl Diet” a chance to revolutionize your look and feel. Methyl-related nutrients include Vitamin B12, folate (also known as Folic Acid), methionine, and Vitamin B6, and have been linked to prolonging the aging process as well as decreased risk of breast and pancreatic cancer. The American Journal of Nutrition suggests a diet rich in these micronutrients may help you avoid cancer as well as many other health problems.

In food sources, methyl-related nutrients can be found in foods rich in B-12, natural folate, or Vitamin B9, including citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables, like Spinach and Broccoli, a variety of berries, nuts and superfoods, like Sunflower Seeds and the trendy Spirulina seaweed supplement.


  1. You Eat Well? Great, Now Relax!

Another major aspect to effect proper DNA transcription in your body is to avoid stress and simply relax. As said, diet and stress are two of the most significant factors in determining epigenetic change in DNA, and altering methylation patterns as the key for skin care products targeting the anti-aging market.

After birth and as life continues, a wider variety of environmental factors start to play a role in shaping the epigenome state of the body. Stress hormone levels in blood, physical and sport activity, diet and other inputs generate signals that travel from cell to cell throughout the body during cell division. As in early development, signals from within the body continue to be important for many processes, including physical growth and learning. For example, hormonal signals trigger big changes at puberty and menopause. Even into old age, cells continue to listen for signals. Environmental signals trigger changes in the epigenome, allowing cells to respond dynamically to the outside world.

Internal signals direct activities that are necessary for body maintenance, such as replenishing blood cells and skin, and repairing damaged tissues and organs, such as skin. During these processes, just like during embryonic development, the cell's experiences are transferred to the epigenome, where they shut down and activate specific sets of genes.

Stress is now considered one of the most influential factors to the health of the body’s cells, since it can trigger changes in gene expression. Scientists found that the stress hormone, Cortisol, suppresses immune cells’ ability to activate their telomerase, an enzyme within the cell that keeps immune cells young by preserving their telomere length and ability to continue dividing. This is why doctors use stress hormone shots before an implant surgery, to supress the immune system and prevent it from attacking the new organ. In other words, when stress hormones flow in your blood stream your immune system may be supressed.

Since a cell is able to either protect itself or to grow, when protecting itself it does not grow. This means that when the body is under stress, it boosts production of Cortisol hormone to support a survival response. When you are relaxed, the levels of stress hormones in your blood will lower and the cells will again be able to continue to divide and renew. Stress free life in the modern world is almost impossible but reducing the levels of stress can sourly prolong the inevitable aging process and assist in maintaining a healthy, youthful look and feeling. Bottom line, your lifestyle CAN affect your complexion as well as your overall health.

Trusting in the wonders of nature’s resources to help the body heal itself alongside with acknowledging the importance effect of lifestyle, now may be the time for epigenetics to become the new skin care paradigm.

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