Lucy Gildea

2019 has been an exciting year for our Science Behind the Beauty initiative. Our team of scientists has traveled the world to unveil innovative research behind our Mary Kay products at some of the most prestigious international dermatology conferences. We also continued our commitment to advancing awareness and research in pollution and skin health. This May, I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to sponsor a minisymposium at one of the most important dermatology conferences in the Latin American region, the Reunión de Dermatólogos Latinoamericanos (RADLA). The Mary Kay sponsored  mini symposium on pollution and skin health featured three esteemed Brazilian Dermatologists discussing the damaging effects of pollution on the skin. Dr. Doris Hexsel, MD; Dr. Flavia Ravelli, MD; and Dr. Juliana Catucci Boza, MD and Ph.D; discussed the negative impact of pollution on the skin and shared strategies on how to potentially counter its negative impact with the use of antioxidants. At RADLA, Mary Kay’s R&D team also shared research findings on a specific antioxidant complex that can reduce the damaging effects of pollution such as diesel exhaust particles (DEP) on human skin cells. This breakthrough complex is the key technology behind our newest TimeWise® Miracle Set 3D™ skincare line.

Air pollution has become a growing global concern. Recent findings have revealed that air pollution negatively impacts skin aging. In 2018, Mary Kay sponsored an exclusive symposium titled “Pollution and Skin Health” and invited top experts around the world to speak at the International Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Experts included Dr. Liang Liu, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University; Dr. Max Costa, Professor and Chairman of the department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine; Dr. Jean Krutmann, Chair of Environmental Medicine at the Medical Faculty of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Leibniz Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Dusseldorf, Germany; and Dr. Wendy Roberts, Associate at Stanford University and founding Director of Dermatopathology, Loma Linda University Medical Center in California.

Air pollution is also a significant issue in Latin America. According to a report published by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), over 100 million people in Latin America are exposed to significant air pollution. As this concern increases, Mary Kay has been leading the way to raise awareness and help support research to understand the negative impact of pollution on skin health. This prompted our involvement in RADLA.

In addition to supporting RADLA, I partnered with our Global Corporate Communications’ and Mary Kay Argentina’s teams in organizing  a press event to introduce the Science Behind the Beauty to local media, beauty influencers and Mary Kay Argentina’s Independent National Sales Directors. Hosted by Sofia Zamolo, model and TV hostess, I shared what it is like to lead a team of talented and diverse scientists, the technology behind our new TimeWise Miracle Set 3D that was presented at RADLA and some of the processes involved in our product innovation.

Check out some of the pictures from RADLA and the press event in Buenos Aires and tell us: how are you protecting your skin against pollution?


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