With increasing age the human skin shows a considerable loss of resistance and elasticity. These changes in skin texture, which are one of the main reasons for the appearance of wrinkles, is the age induced loss of skin thickness and the related degradation of elastin fibers within the skin. It has been proven that L-Fucose - a scarce sugar - slows down and even reverses age-related skin developments.
Dermatological studies have shown that the application of an L-Fucose containing skin-cream leads to a considerable increase in skin thickness and elasticity. Soluble L-Fucose penetrates rapidly in the epidermis and deeper layers of the dermis where it assumes several beneficial functions. For instance, L-Fucose inhibits the production of enzymes which provoke the loss of skin thickness. Furthermore, L-Fucose stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts - special skin cells which play a key role in the production of elastic fibers and wound healing. Hence, by applying L-Fucose the skin becomes more resistant, shows fewer wrinkles and exhibits an improvement on wound healing and skin elasticity.