In Search for the Fountain of dWAT


Despite the long years humans expect to be living, capsulating the image of a younger generation is still expected, and skincare speaks the language of youth. Although the fountain of youth is only an unattainable quest from centuries past, this has not prevented individuals, particularly skincare companies and women worldwide, from searching for that golden key to anti-aging products.

Years of research have been executed and thousands of skincare items have been released, yet the perfect solution has not been discovered yet. Fortunately, understanding dWAT (dermal white adipose tissue) may be the fountain we have been searching for all these years.

dWAT stands for Dermal White Adipose Tissue. Essentially, dWAT is a layer of adipocytes (e.g, “fat cells”) in the skin. Although the idea of adipocytes being related to anti-aging is relatively new, recent studies show that dWAT can offer a new revolutionary approach to skincare. dWAT is involved in regenerating skin and is a key component in modifying physiology, which means that any anti-aging or sun damage strategy that fails to support dWAT development is only a partial solution.

Recent studies regarding dWAT have shown that it plays an integral role in reducing heat loss. dWAT has been discovered to act as a regenerative insulator, and dWAT’s reaction to thermogenic responses can allow beneficial changes in physiology, such as for skin care treatment.  

Skin aging being connected to adipocytes (the “A” in dWAT) is relatively recent news, largely having to do with how extrinsic aging (aging that is photo-induced) directly correlates with adipose tissue health. This is because the dermal adipocytes are involved in process of UV irradiation (UVR). Due to its high adipocyte turnover rates and speedy response to the outer physical attack, dWAT are crucial to countering the effects of UVR, making it a great skincare product for anti-aging and protecting against sun damage.

Studies have shown that increased response to UVR is correlated with a thicker layer of dermal adipocytes. But the problem with UVR is how it can cause a substantial dWAT reduction, lowering your effective skin volume and making that precious skin of yours more vulnerable to aging.

Past the aging and sun damage properties that were discovered with dWAT studies, the experimentation and further research has also brought up some interesting details regarding the ethnic differences in skin aging. There are clear differentials in dWAT thickness across ethnic groups. These differences can explain skin aging differentials – for example, why Asian skin tends to have a slower aging process. This new research makes dWAT a great target for new solutions to skin specific anti-aging products.

The great power dermal adipocytes have in anti-aging and the important role they can play in skincare opens up a huge realm of possibilities. Most importantly, the development of products that can control the thickness aspect of adipocyte layers in individuals can leverage dWAT’s properties to increase anti-aging, control and prevent sun damage. This promises the beginning of a whole new game regarding skincare.  

Dermal Restoration has tested and implemented this strategy and has developed a safe, topical solution that delivers essential fatty acids across the skin layer which helps the body develop more dWAT. This solution is useful for a variety of applications including crepey skin, fine wrinkles, lip plumping, and non-steroidal treatments for eczema. Please click here to learn more all about this revolutionary solution.