Patient having skin checked

Students iron out the wrinkles of skincare

Scientists of the future delved into the secrets of skin ageing when they visited Salford Royal for a Science Society on Tour event.

The evening gave young people a chance to find out about why and how skin ages, what can be done to protect it from sun damage and how anti-ageing products work. They also heard that research into skin ageing could inform other health issues as skin has the same components as large arteries (important for stroke, heart failure, aneurysms and renal failure) and lungs.

Science Society on Tour is organised in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s Research and Development department, Salford City College and pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). More than 50 students attended the evening.

They also took part in interactive activities, such as finding out how elastic their skin was and checking whether they had already suffered damage because of sunburn.

Experts from The University of Manchester Centres for Dermatology Research and Tissue Injury and Repair and GSK gave presentations about their research and answered questions.

Salford Research and Development Director Professor Bill Ollier said: “It was great to see so many young people taking an interest in science and research and we were really pleased that they enjoyed this event.”