Astronauts space travelers face a variety of problems from defying gravity, including skin conditions.
It has been discovered that space travelers may experience altered genetic behavior and may also age earlier.
But for dermatologists, studying skin cells in space could be the key to learning more about the aging process.
Space-environment research for scientific advancement related to skin care and even oral care has caught the attention of toothpaste company Colgate-Palmolive.
With its recently launched skincare division, the company is taking advantage of a space environment research opportunity to study skin using the International Space Station (ISS).
According to a report from Mashable, Colgate-Palmolive placed human skin tissue culture dishes on the spacecraft to conduct their experiments.
According to Northrop Grumman, the tissue was aboard the Northrop Grumman Cygnus Spacecraft, Antares rocket, and departed from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia shortly after noon on February 19.
The rocket is expected to arrive at the International Space Station on February 21 or 22 if all goes according to plan.
Colgate-Palmolive will conduct two tests simultaneously – one in space and one on the ground, according to Mashable.
In an overview of the experiment posted on NASA’s website, Colgate plans to study the effects of microgravity on skin aging and health using human skin cells.
“Any structural or functional instability of the skin is a potential source of other health problems,” Colgate said in the experimental review.
The experiment involves a 3D model of human skin, which will be exposed to the microgravity environment on the ISS.
The company will evaluate the molecular blueprint of the skin model for signs of tissue stress and restorative responses.
By observing this, Colgate-Palmolive was able to uncover new biological pathways and better understand how they break down during aging.
Their goal was to use this information to establish a model that could be used to evaluate skin health interventions.
If all goes well, the trial could lead to new anti-aging skin products.
Previous studies have been done to assess the effects of space travel on skin, and the results have been astounding.
The crew experienced a variety of skin conditions, including infections, dermatitis, frostbite, and even skin cancer. Research showed that 33 out of 312 astronauts had some form of skin cancer, while only 27 out of 912 control subjects on Earth had the same diagnosis.
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https://www.the-sun.com/tech/4727741/skincare-products-manufactured-space-how-it-works/ Your skin care products may soon be made in SPACE