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Mary Kay Unveils Breakthrough Research on the Impact of Antioxidants and Vitamin C on Skin Health and Appearance

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Mary Kay Inc., a global beauty company and leader in skin care innovation, continues its ongoing support of the beauty and scientific communities by participating in two global dermatological conferences this spring. Mary Kay attended the prestigious Reunión Anual de Dermatólogos Latinoamericanos (RADLA) May 4–7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where it presented findings related to the effects of pollution on skin health. The company will also sponsor the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) in Chicago, May 8–11, where it will reveal its latest research on how five fruit extracts known to contain vitamin C work to help skin appearance.

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Lucy Gildea, Chief Scientific Officer at Mary Kay Inc. presenting at RADLA. (Photo: Mary Kay Inc.)

Lucy Gildea, Chief Scientific Officer at Mary Kay Inc. presenting at RADLA. (Photo: Mary Kay Inc.)

During the 37th annual RADLA conference, leading skin care experts from around the world convened to explore various topics, including the impact of external environmental aggressors on skin health. Mary Kay presented research focused on skin concerns stemming from diesel exhaust particles (DEP) in the environment. Continued exposure to DEP increases free radicals in skin cells, which can ultimately impact premature signs of skin aging, like dark spots and dullness Fortunately, Mary Kay also presented findings on an antioxidant complex that can help delay the premature signs of aging related to the damaging effects of DEP. This breakthrough technology, found in the Mary Kay® TimeWise® Miracle Set 3D skin care line, provides a powerful free-radical regimen with an exclusive, patent-pending, three-dimensional approach to skin aging.

“Mary Kay scientists spent years researching the latest ingredient innovations to develop our newest skin care collection that defends against free radicals and helps delay the onset of premature skin aging from unavoidable environmental and lifestyle stressors such as car exhaust and air pollution,” said Dr. Lucy Gildea, Chief Scientific Officer at Mary Kay Inc.

While attending SID this week, Mary Kay Associate Principal Scientist Tiffany Carle will present new data collected while analyzing the effects of a serum containing five botanical fruit extracts known to be rich in vitamin C on skin appearance. As part of this study, Mary Kay researchers treated artificial skin tissue with this serum and utilized a genomic approach to understand how the serum affected the skin. This genomic evaluation revealed involvement of four main classes of genes important for skin firmness. Furthermore, the study showcased that the serum treatment increased production of dermal matrix proteins collagen and laminin that support skin firmness. This study confirms how the serum works to help improve the appearance of skin laxity and texture.

Mary Kay’s Research and Development team is comprised of distinguished scientists who hold doctorates and other advanced degrees across multiple disciplines: skin biology, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry and more. This team of scientists is dedicated to conducting ongoing breakthrough research and sharing impactful findings related to skin health with the scientific and beauty communities at large.

“Our Research & Development team is committed to developing the technology in our products so we can help improve skin health and provide women across the globe with the skin confidence they deserve,” said Dr. Gildea. “Participating in events like RADLA and SID allows us to learn and share relevant research so we can continue to deliver meaningful benefits and amazing products to consumers.”

Every year, Mary Kay conducts hundreds of thousands of scientific tests on products and ingredients to ensure the highest standards of safety, quality and performance. Mary Kay holds more than 1,500 patents for products, technologies and packaging designs in its global portfolio. Recently, the company announced the opening of a more than $100 million state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility in Lewisville, Texas.

ABOUT MARY KAY

One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company more than 55 years ago with three goals: offer rewarding opportunities for women, manufacture irresistible products and make the world a better place. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay is dedicated to researching the science behind beauty and to manufacturing cutting-edge skin care, color cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Through the Mary Kay FoundationSM, the company has awarded more than $78 million to cancer research and domestic violence shelters. Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine—one lipstick at a time.

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972.687.5332 or media@mkcorp.com

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