Bringing together the industry’s brightest minds to further innovation.
At Mary Kay, we know collaboration is key to uncovering cutting-edge technologies, industry breakthroughs, and changing the way the world thinks about skin care.
GLOBAL ACADEMY OF INNOVATION AND SCIENCE
Led by Dr. Lucy Gildea, Mary Kay’s Chief Scientific Officer, Mary Kay Global Academy of Innovation and Science is dedicated to the research and development of high-tech skin care, body care, color, fragrance and nutrition products. Together with collaborations with top professional skincare institutions and expert teams, integrated with cutting-edge technologies and equipment, Mary Kay Global Academy of Science and Innovation provides every woman with professional and efficient skincare solutions
- Skin Health
- Skin Barrier & Redness
- Pigmentation Biology
- Dermal Matrix
Skin aging is a gradual and a complex biological process influenced by a combination of intrinsic factors, such as genetics and hormones, and extrinsic factors, including UV exposure and pollution. Interestingly, it’s these external factors that account for up to 80% of the visible signs of skin aging. Exposure to solar radiation, environmental pollutants, or other mechanical and chemical insults, leads to the generation of free radicals as well as reactive oxygen species (ROS).
The skin is equipped with a network of protective antioxidants that protect against cellular damage. However exposure to UV and other chemical insults results in the depletion of skin’s natural antioxidant defense mechanism. Mary Kay’s Research & Development team, along with global experts, are discovering Vitamin C plays an essential part in the anti-oxidant cascade to protect against free radical assault from the atmosphere and from ultra violet light. In addition, vitamin C is important to the synthesis and protection of dermal matrix proteins.
Mary Kay discovered new insights in evaluating and understanding facial redness. Based on this work, Mary Kay scientists identified botanical extracts that help reduce the production of pro-inflammatory proteins and enzymes in the skin and developed a cosmetic formulation containing these extracts to effectively address facial redness. After four weeks of use, the cosmetic formula reduced overall facial redness and skin temperature in subjects with persistent skin irritation. These findings have been presented at global conferences among experts and provide important insights and therapeutic options for individuals with sensitive skin.
Mary Kay’s Research & Development team, along with global experts, are researching the advancements in Pigmentation Biology and the impact on skin aging to determine future product innovations and effective treatment strategies to combat these signs of aging.
Mary Kay’s Research & Development team, along with global experts, are researching the advancements in Dermal Aging and the impact on skin health to determine future product innovations and effective treatment strategies to combat these signs of aging.