It’s not often that we see the benefits of the use of a good moisturizer, but this time it is.
Researchers from Oxford University have been researching the effects of moisturizer on melanin pigmentation in mice.
According to the researchers, the results are promising for both people with darker skin tones and those who are looking for a bit more color.
“It’s really encouraging to see the effects we have on melanins that are normally thought to be darker in the skin,” said Dr. David Cairns, a dermatologist and lecturer at the University of Oxford.
“We’ve shown that when melanin is used in the light, it gives us a boost in pigmentation.”
While the study is still in its infancy, it has already inspired many to try using moisturizers in the dim light of night.
The benefits of moisturizers are not limited to skin tone.
A study published last year showed that the chemical used to make a moisturizer can help prevent acne.
The research, published in the Journal of Dermatology, found that using a moisturiser that contained the chemical metformin, a substance found in the body that fights inflammation, helped to reduce the amount of whiteheads that developed.
A new study published in Cell suggests that the same chemical could be used to fight melanin, too.
This means that it could be possible to find a moisturizing moisturizer that works to reduce melanin.
The study, which looked at the effects on melanocytes in the human skin, showed that those using a combination of a natural and synthetic moisturizer had a 50 percent reduction in the number of melanin-producing melanocytes that formed in the cells of the skin.
The researchers also found that these effects lasted up to three weeks.
It’s unclear whether the natural moisturizer would work in every case, but the findings are encouraging, especially for those looking to give up their dark skin tones.
“What I’m hoping is that we will find ways to apply the chemicals in our own bodies that we’ve already used to combat acne, that will actually be able to help reduce melanins,” said Cairnes.
“But I also want to see how it works in mice.”