Researchers from Reading University, UK, recently identified Matrixyl, a chemical included in everyday skincare products, as a genuinely effective anti-wrinkle ingredient – despite its lack of publicity.
Apparently, Matrixyl could double the amount of collagen produced by the skin, giving you a fresh-faced look.
Matrixyl stimulates the body to make more collagen, a natural skin-plumping agent, and more hyaluronic acid, which also helps skin look younger.
It is found in creams made by High Street brands such as Olay and Ponds, and in designer brands such as Chanel and Dior.
Experts are now convinced that its inclusion is the secret behind which anti-ageing creams work and which don’t.
Matrixyl could double the amount of collagen produced by the skin, giving you a fresh-faced look
Matrixyl was first patented in 2000 by Sederma, a French company that is the world leader in developing anti-ageing ingredients.
The first scientific paper showing that Matrixyl stimulated collagen production and improved the texture of sun-damaged skin was produced in 2005 by scientists working for Procter & Gamble.
They performed a three-month trial involving 93 women aged 35 to 55, who were asked to put a moisturizer containing Matrixyl on one half of their face and the same moisturizer without Matrixyl on the other half.
The scientists then reported a “significant improvement and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles” in the skin that had been treated with Matrixyl.
Olga Gracioso, of Sederma, says: “We know Matrixyl is effective, but manufacturers want consumers to believe efficacy is coming from something else – an ingredient that is unique to their product.
“That’s why they are constantly coming up with new formulations and prefer not to highlight that they still contain Matrixyl.”
In other words, cosmetic companies would rather shout about how their products contain another new ingredient than hail one that several companies use, even if that’s the one that actually makes all the difference.
Companies are constantly trying to come up with different fragrances, textures, serums and oils.
Matrixyl has been included in these for years, but because so many cosmetic products already used it, no one tried to focus on it as a selling point.
Anna Friel has revealed she relies on the “Master Cleanse” regime, which sees food replaced with a mixture of cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice, to stay slender.
Anna Friel, 36, told Grazia magazine: “It’s amazing. I’ve been drinking it for two months and I feel so much better and my skin has really benefitted.
“If you’re vain, as you get older you start thinking, <<I’ve got to do everything I can to save my skin>>. I’ve tried everything!”
Other celebrity fans of the Master Cleanse include Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé, who lost 20 lbs in just two weeks ahead of filming her movie Dreamgirls by sticking to the plan.
Beyoncé said of the diet: “I lived on water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 14 days. It was tough; everyone was eating and I was dying.”
Anna Friel relies on the Master Cleanse regime, which sees food replaced with a mixture of cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice, to stay slender
Restricting her food allowance isn’t the only way Anna Friel maintains her youthful allowance, as she told the publication she is also a fan of the celebrity favorite “vampire facelift”.
She said: “Vampire facials involve taking two vials of blood from your arm and re-injecting it back into your skin.
“It’s meant to help your skin heal itself and boosts collagen. It makes my skin really glowy and tight again.”
In addition, Anna Friel has regular Cryoderm treatments prior to red carpet appearances – a treatment which involves the skin being warmed up with a machine to stimulate collagen production and therefore reduce the signs of wrinkles – as well as giving herself a DIY version of the method at home.
The actress explained: “I always have a Cryoderm treatment before a red carpet. People say I look really good afterwards.
“I also do the old-fashioned method at home, where I fill my sink with ice cubes and hold them on my face for a minute.”
Ageing is clearly a huge concern for Anna Friel, who said that she will try absolutely anything in a bid to stay looking young.
Anna Friel added: “I felt sick recently because I found one or two grey hair and I read that curry leave help maintain your hair color, so I mix them with hot water and drink it as a tea.
“I’m always searching for pure, natural skin products and Trilogy is great for that too. Their Everything Balm is fantastic.”