Mary Kay and her research and development team are dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research and sharing important discoveries related to skin health with the scientific and beauty communities as a whole. Therefore, the company presented studies on the effects of pollution on the skin in two recent dermatology events: at the Annual Meeting of Dermatologists Latino (RADLA) during May 4-7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) in Chicago, May 8-11.

At the Annual Latin American Dermatologists (RADLA) May 4-7, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, presented the findings of the effects of pollution on skin health, with a research focusing on particle-related skin concerns of diesel exhaust (PED) in the environment. In one, company shared that ‘continuous exposure to PEDs causes increased free radicals in skin cells, which can basically impact premature signs of aging, such as dark spots and opaque appearance.

‘The company also presented the findings on an antioxidant complex that may help delay the signs of aging related to the harmful effects of PED. According to the company, this technology is present in the Mary Kay® line of skin care TimeWise® Miracle Set 3D ™.


“Mary Kay scientists have spent years researching innovative ingredients to develop a new collection of skin care that fights free radicals and helps slow the onset of early signs of aging from the inevitable environmental and lifestyle stressors such as exhaustion of automobiles and air pollution, “said Dr. Lucy Gildea, Chief Scientist at Mary Kay Inc.

At the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology in Chicago, Tiffany Carle, deputy chief scientist at Mary Kay, presented the new information collected when she analyzed a serum containing five fruit extracts rich in vitamin C and its effects on the skin.

As part of this study, researchers at Mary Kay treated an artificial tissue with this serum and used a genomic approach to understand how the serum affected the skin. This genomic assessment revealed the involvement of four major classes of genes important for skin firmness. The study showed that treatment with serum increased the production of proteins from the dermal matrix and laminins that give firmness and texture to the skin.

“Our Research and Development team is committed to the technological development of our products so that we can help improve skin health and make all women more confident with their looks,” said Dr. Gildea, adding, “Participation in events like RADLA and SID allow us to learn and share important research so that we continue to deliver significant benefits as well as great products for consumers. “