It’s been a pretty exciting few months for New Zealand skin care developments with MitoQ and Snowberry getting rave reviews around the world – and from me! And if you’ve had your ear to the ground of the skin care news recently, chances are you will have heard about One Truth 818 Serum. It’s a new gel serum that is set to ‘change the face of anti-ageing skin care forever’ because it is the first product in the world to make skin grow biologically younger.
I haven’t tried One Truth 818 Serum (yet!), but I am fascinated by the science behind this revolutionary product, so I started digging. First… a basic understanding of cell ageing. In layman’s terms, a clock ticks inside every single cell of our bodies in a region called the Telomere, which are located at the tips of our chromosomes. The shortening of these Telomeres is proven to have direct correlation with ageing. When Telomeres get too short they are unable to support the DNA and are useless. It makes sense that to stay younger for longer, we would want to lengthen Telomeres and prolong their life. But nobody had any idea how.
Now here’s where things get interesting… After 11 years of research and $33 million dollars invested, renowned biologist Dr Bill Andrews discovered that the enzyme Telomerase could sustain human cells in vitro. Many in the scientific community called the discovery of Telomerase the world’s biggest scientific breakthrough to date, particularly when it comes to anti-ageing. This ‘818’ molecule was handed over to cosmetic scientists at Chase Life Extension Foundation who encapsulated the ‘818’ molecule into a complex liposome, enabling delivery of the ‘818’ into the deepest layers of the skin. This active ingredient is now called TAM-818 and One Truth 818 serum is the only skincare serum in the world that contains it.
Intriguing huh? I HAD to know more. So I had a chat to Rachael D’Aguiar – the Kiwi entrepreneur and former beauty therapist who has secured the exclusive rights to TAM-818.
How long did it take to develop the One Truth Serum?
I began the process by dissolving TAM-818 in water and spraying it on myself to see what effect it had. It is such a huge investment in creating a cosmetic product that I had to decide whether I believed the investment would pay off. I noticed a difference in just three weeks and my mum – who was spraying one of her hands – still has one hand that looks 10 years younger than the other! I was impressed enough to start formulating with a cosmetic chemist here in Auckland and the process from beginning to final product took about two years. I had a deadline to finalise the formulation not only to get it to Abich Labs for independent testing but also because I was due to give birth to my second child!
A lot of people use exfoliants, but there’s a conflicting theory that they thin the skin and cause inflammation, so only ‘temporarily’ reduce surface wrinkles. Do you believe exfoliation is counterproductive long term?
Exfoliation has been one of the best things to ‘mop up the visible effects of ageing’ but it isn’t ‘anti-ageing’. And yes, long term, the science says it is counterproductive. The reason for this is that extreme exfoliation causes cellular damage, which increases cell turnover to heal this damage and increased cell turnover then results in increased telomere shortening – ageing of the cell. One Truth 818 Serum is the first skin care that can truly claim to be anti-ageing and will completely change the way we think about exfoliation and what causes ageing.
But in saying that, most of us have had it drummed into us that we need to exfoliate and let’s be honest it feels and looks good short-term. I would recommend staying away from any harsh physical exfoliation products that really damage the skin and just to be aware that there are NO positive benefits to over-exfoliation. IF you can’t give up your exfoliation habits it’s even more important that you use One Truth 818 Serum to counteract the damage you are inadvertently causing.
How do you suggest the serum is used with other products? Do we still need a moisturiser, eye cream and antioxidant serum?
One Truth 818 Serum is used like most other serums – after cleansing and before moisturising. One Truth 818 is in a gel base and is also incredibly hydrating. It contains macadamia and jojoba oils and esters, bio-compatible phospholipids and Omega’s 3 and 6, so it is very rich in good oils that are absorbed instantly into the skin. Many users report that they don’t need to use a moisturiser, while those with dry skin have simply added it into their routine. It works better than any product I have ever seen in regards to wrinkles around the eye area, reducing and banishing pigmentation and visibly lifting and firming the skin so you may find you can drop the eye cream and other specialists products.
The formula is very sophisticated but it doesn’t contain vitamins or peptides that may inhibit the action of the TAM-818 so don’t drop your vitamin, peptide and anti-oxidant products as those have been shown to be great for skin health. I always say I don’t just want younger skin – I want THE BEST younger AWESOME skin – so I do still use some other products to feed my skin with other nutrients.
How does the serum compare to retinol in clinical trials and how does it work compared to retinol?
I would need to become an expert on retinol to answer this and I’m not. However, I can tell you their action is 100% different. In a published study on Retinol it states ‘Retinol has been shown to improve the appearance of photo-damaged skin’. As mentioned before, just because something can ‘improve the appearance of’ doesn’t mean it is ‘anti-ageing’. The active ingredient in One Truth 818 Serum, TAM-818, is clinically proven to slow down the rate of ageing in the cell. And independent studies at Abich Labs in Italy measured visible anti-ageing. TAM-818 works by inducing the Telomerase enzyme in the cell which re-lengthens the telomere, the clock of ageing. Science has proven that if you can lengthen your telomere you will cause age reversal and we are actually seeing age reversal with use of One Truth 818 Serum. That’s what makes it so incredibly different; we are not melting or sloughing off the old looking outer layer of the skin which other products are limited to, TAM-818 works by making your skin younger. A younger skin expresses collagen and elastin again, doesn’t pigment like an older skin and is generally stronger and healthier than an older skin.
What skin benefits are people seeing in the skin from the trials?
Every volunteer showed a more even complexion and a reduction in skin sensitivity and redness. In Australia a therapist stood up at one of my seminars and claimed she had cured a client’s rosacea, which actually didn’t surprise me with the results we were already seeing. A reduction – and in some cases a complete disappearance – of pigmentation caused both hormonally and from sun damage was also very common. An improvement in the appearance of pores and an overall dewiness returned to skins also. What did surprise us was the level of skin lifting and firming that we saw particularly in the neck and eyelid areas of our models.
Dr Bill Andrews is 63 but looks so young. What are his other secrets to staying so youthful?
In pretty good shape eh?! Funnily enough he uses One Truth 818 Serum! But he also advocates vitamin D, omega oils and antioxidants as they have been shown to extend the life and health of a cell. These are easy to take, becoming an ultra-marathon runner like him takes a bit more dedication! 😉
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