It’s been a week for Pro-X.  First it was Procter and Gamble with their “clinical study” backed Pro X range and now it is L’Oreal with their Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro X.  Now while the Garnier product is not that new – it has been on the market since  early 2009, the launch of the P&G product with similar name and ultra-sexy RED packaging (ditto Garnier) is causing some confusion. But what I wanted to know was “What on earth is Pro Xylane?”

Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro-X is another anti-ageing, fight-it-from-the-inside type of skin-care product. It contains a rather ‘safe’ sounding blend of natural actives including one ‘green chemical’  Pro-Xylane – the golden child!

The product says that it will

Plump up the skin
Assist in Collagen Production
Visibly firm the skin.

Mostly thanks to this Pro-Xylane which has been extracted from beech tree extract!  So, what can this rather innocuous looking tree do for our skin?

Pro-Xylane is a L’Oreal patented molecule (anyone for some organic chemistry?  No? I’ll keep it short)  The Xylane comes from a chemical family called “glycosides” this family of chemicals are pretty useful as they consist of sugars that are bound to some small non-sugar molecule in order to store the sugar for a later date (the sugar is then broken off when the plant get’s ‘hungry’)

These molecules are very useful for all living things and in this case, L’Oreal have created a glycoside that is small enough to get into the skin and tickle our glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s)  in order to get them working better.  Now, without going into too much biology our GAG’s are the cushion bits within connective tissue – Hyaluronic acid is one example.  In young skin our GAG’s are having a great time, keeping our skin hydrated and keeping our connective […]