Scientists from the University of Newcastle have developed a test with which it will be possible to predict the rate of appearance of age-related wrinkles. This smear determines whether the skin is aging ahead of time.
By the time deep wrinkles appear on the skin, as a rule, it is already too late to do something radically about it. But now everything can change, because researchers have developed a test that can detect premature aging of the skin even before its first characteristic manifestations. This is a simple smear that detects DNA damage in skin cells that occur due to lack of sleep, sun exposure or environmental factors.
Moreover, the test not only determines these damages, but also allows you to find out exactly what causes they occur. And this will help eliminate the underlying cause or reduce its impact to a minimum by developing preventive strategies to prevent wrinkles even before they appear on the face. The researchers based their test on experiments in the field of skin aging that they had been conducting for 15 years. A smear can be taken from the cheek or face area, then it is sent to the laboratory for research to detect damage to the mitochondria – the “rechargeable batteries” of our skin cells.
Based on this test, it is possible to find out whether cells age ahead of time, and if so, for what reason. The test results should encourage a person to change their lifestyle. For example, use sunscreens more actively.