Revealed: Science behind world’s first clinically proven anti-wrinkle supplement

There is only one anti-wrinkle supplement on the market clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles and now, details of the clinical study behind the breakthrough skin product Dove Spa Strength Within have been published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

The supplement is the first of a new generation of personal care products and formulated with a unique, patented blend of ingredients thatactivate and rejuvenate cells.

In what is a first for an oral supplement, the novel combination of ingredients administered in the study resulted in a clearly measurable reduction in skin wrinkle depth and an increase in collagen production deep within the skin.

Over time, skin gradually loses its ability to regenerate naturally and produces less collagen, a key molecule protein within the dermis layer. Collagen reduction in the skin starts in the mid-30s and it can drop by up to 40% between the ages of 35 and 55, leading to a loss of firmness and the formation of wrinkles.

Unilever scientists investigated the role of specific micronutrients and how they impact on skin cells. A unique combination of active ingredients which trigger the genes of collagen production was identified which eventually resulted in the development of the breakthrough product.

Professor John Casey Vice President, Biological Sciences for Unilever said:”The Strength Within supplements leverage world-class research and development to help women take care of their skin from the inside. We’re excited by the recognition this outstanding product has achieved since its launch.”

Strength Within supplements can be purchased from Boots and online.

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Dove Spa Strength Within can be purchased from Boots and online

For more information, please contact Adam Fisher, Unilever Corporate Media Relations on +44 (0)207 822 5082 or

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Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012.

Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (55% in 2012). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. 

In 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard for the second year running and the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /Sustainability latest annual survey - for the third year running. The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.

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