Our bodies have all kinds of internal processes that keep them functioning optimally. One of them, a natural detoxification process called autophagy, works by cleaning up the dead and damaged parts of your cells so that what’s left over can continue working properly. But as we get older, autophagy slows down—and when that happens in our skin cells, it can show up as visible signs of aging like wrinkles, dryness, sagging, and dark spots. In recent years, the skin-care world has begun to seek out solutions to keep our cells chugging along to combat this damage, and a new serum from Dr. Brandt is here to do exactly that.
The latest addition to the “skin longevity” trend, Dr. Brandt Drop of Strength All Day Strengthening Serum ($52 to $85) draws on Noble Prize-winning autophagy research to keep skin strong and supple. It uses a proprietary blend of ingredients—dubbed the Immubarrier Complex—that softens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while improving hydration, firmness, smoothness, radiance, skin texture, and resilience. The star of this complex is a blend of alpha-glucans from yeast extract that directly stimulate the skin’s autophagic pathways, which helps kick the cellular “clean up” process into high gear to allow the skin to repair existing damage.
“When autophagy is activated, cells act younger,” says New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. “When cells act younger, skin looks younger—more radiant, smoother, and less wrinkled.”
The formula also includes hydrating and plumping hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich arctic berry extract. We know that antioxidants help to combat free-radical damage, which wreaks havoc on your skin cells and is one of the main culprits behind visible signs of skin aging. “Antioxidants are extremely helpful for protecting the skin from environmental assault,” says Elyse Love, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Plus, research has found that antioxidants can also support autophagy.
To see how well this serum works, Dr. Brandt brought together 33 volunteers to test out the serums and then evaluated before and after images. After four weeks of daily use morning and night, 82 percent showed a reduction of wrinkles and expression lines and 85 percent presented improvement in skin texture.
If you’re looking for a new addition to your nighttime routine that will help promote the longevity of your skin, the Dr. Brandt Drop of Strength serum is perfect.
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