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Renovage is a new skin care active that is accompanied by several interesting claims. Does it work?

Renovage is the brand name for trepenone, developed by the French skin care company Sederma. Trepenone is a drug that has been used in Japan to help protect tissues against damage and stress, but there are no published studies regarding its use or efficacy when it comes to skin. Sederma is the company that also brought us Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000, two peptides that have been used in skin care for a number of years. One thing to keep in mind is that all supporting data for Renovage comes from Sederma and not from independent studies. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, independent studies are welcome.

What can Renovage do for your skin? Sederma's clinical study of 24 volunteers (mean age 58) showed that a 3% concentration of Renovage exerted significant and visible activity on both the functional and structural signs of ageing:

-Skin hydration and its barrier function were increased
-Pigmented spots were lessened by 56% after 6 months
-Skin firmness increased by 35% and skin tone by 45% in one month
-Skin's overall texture improved; roughness decreased
-Lines, wrinkles, large pores and skin redness were reduced

Renovage is thought to deliver its effects by stabilizing telomeres and cell division. It also improves cell communication and helps to rebalance cell metabolism. By delaying cell death, it's thought that it can help to extend their lifespan by one third. It promises a lot and if the claims could be corroborated by independent studies, this ingredient would get a firm thumbs up. For now, it's one of those ingredients that seem interesting, but not crucial to helping you maintain great skin.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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