Beyond Lifespan: The Science Behind Skin Health and Longevity with Estée Lauder


Ever wondered how long your skin can stay healthy and glowing? Not just ageing gracefully, but thriving? I did too.

Picture this: You’re at the luxurious Suryagarh in Jaisalmer, surrounded by the golden hues of the desert, where time seems to slow down amidst the scorching summer heat. It’s not just a trip; it’s an adventure. Amidst the mesmerising ambience, savouring delectable cuisine and seeking refuge from the intense heat, I found myself immersed in an experience unlike any other. It was the launch of Estée Lauder’s groundbreaking Re-Nutriv skincare range.

But it wasn’t all about indulgence; there was a deeper purpose to our gathering. In the midst of the luxurious surroundings and sultry weather, we were exposed to mindful breathing workshops and rejuvenating facials. Through my time there, I found myself pondering the secrets of skin longevity and what it really means. I took my thoughts and questions over to Jennifer Palmer, Senior Vice President, Global Skincare & Brand Scientific Authority Strategy at Estée Lauder, who was more than happy to discuss skin longevity with me. The blazing sun outside mirrored the intensity of our discussions about skincare and well-being.

“When we think of longevity or living a long life, we don’t just think from a lifespan point of view, but from a healthy and long life span. There wouldn’t be a point to you living a longer life if you couldn’t have a healthy one. We’d like to think of our skin the same way. We don’t just want to stop ageing, it isn’t something that can be controlled, but we want to slow it down and have healthier skin through the process,” Jennifer explained. “One key player in this game is something called sirtuins. Think of them as the guardians of your skin, keeping it youthful and vibrant as the years go by,” she added.

Sirtuins are often dubbed as “longevity hormones” because of their role in promoting healthy ageing. These proteins play a crucial role in various skin pathways, including inflammation, energy production, and protein synthesis. They act as switches, controlling the expression of genes involved in cellular processes. Factors like UV radiation, stress, and poor lifestyle choices can switch sirtuins off, leading to accelerated skin ageing, “However, skincare products like Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv range are designed to switch them back on, promoting skin health and longevity,” Jennifer adds.

The formulation can be found in a range of products but our pick is the power duo – the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Brilliance Serum and Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Brilliance Creme that’s like a hug for your skin, “These products are designed to activate those sirtuins. They nourish your skin and keep it looking fresh and radiant. Plus, they’re super light and easy to use – no greasiness here!” Jennifer tells me exuding excitement.

This sounds like a dream combination, especially for the Indian summer but also focuses on the problem areas that we turn to skincare for, “Our products are made to tackle things like uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. And they feel great on your skin, even in the Indian heat. But it’s not just about the products,” Jennifer stressed, “It’s about taking care of yourself. Improving your lifestyle, focusing on being happier, making moves to feel a little lighter every day.” Jennifer recommends giving yourself a little massage while applying your serum and cream can do wonders for your skin and your soul. Just spending those 10 minutes or even 5 with yourself as you work the products into your skin mindfully, is a great start towards skin longevity.

“So, whether you’re a skincare pro or just starting out,” Jennifer concluded, “remember to take care of your skin. With products like these, backed by science and a little bit of magic, you can keep your skin glowing for years to come.”

In the end, it’s not just about ageing gracefully; it’s about living your best life, with skin that shines as bright as you do.

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