By  on March 13, 2009

About 15 years ago scientists made a stunning discovery: There are genes that control aging. This was followed by another significant finding: These genes, called sirtuins, could be activated to extend life span—a phenomenon that has since been proven in yeast, fruit flies, a tiny worm and mice. What’s more, the animals in these studies didn’t just go on to live longer lives, they went on  to live healthier lives, with less diabetes, less weight gain on high lipid diets and better allover cardiovascular well-being.

While life-span extension hasn’t yet been achieved in humans, it’s being studied at the cellular level with promising results. The implications for a longer, healthier life are clear. Such research has equally as significant consequences for the beauty industry. As the science of aging has progressed, cosmetics firms have benefited with an increasingly deeper understanding of how the skin ages and have been able to harness that information to develop ever more sophisticated products.

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