Normally, your skin cells turn over and renew themselves about every six weeks. But by the time you’re 25, this process slows down dramatically.
This allows dead cells to gather on your skin’s surface. The result is a complexion that looks rough and dull. It’s important to dry brush to remove these dead cells.
Today, I want to talk about getting moisture back into the deepest layers of your skin… where it’s needed most.
You see, your skin needs water to be beautiful. But there’s a problem. As you age, your skin loses the ability to hold water. That leads to dry, sagging skin full of fine lines.
Deliver Moisture Where It’s Needed
The outer layer of skin is made of cells called corneocytes. This tough top layer works hard to keep out dangerous toxins.
But it also prevents moisture from getting inside.
When you apply your favorite cream, the nutrients just sit on your skin’s surface. And only a tiny percentage of nutrients make their way into the deeper layer of your skin where they can make a difference.
That’s where a special technology called liposomal delivery comes into play.
Let me explain…
Liposomes are tiny hollow spheres made up of fats that are almost identical to your skin’s cell membranes. They can be filled with active ingredients that replenish moisture.
When these loaded balloons come in contact with your skin’s surface, they break apart and form a protective barrier. Then the liposomes work their way deep into your skin and release their content directly inside your cells.
You get moisture where you need it. Not stuck on the surface of your skin’s tough outer layer.
For the purpose of rejuvenating skin, one of the most important ingredients to go inside these balloons is hyaluronic acid (HA).
Add 1,000 Times More Moisture
Don’t be fooled by the name. Hyaluronic acid is completely natural. In fact, it’s your body’s own natural moisturizer.
One reason it’s so effective is that it draws moisture from inside and outside your body. HA also helps your body retain moisture and promotes skin healing.1
Found in every tissue of your body, HA can hold 1,000 times its own weight in water. In your face, HA is essential. You find it in the gel-like matrix just below the surface of your skin. It surrounds the collagen fibers that give your face its shape.
When you’re young, your levels of HA are high. And all the extra water gives your face that smooth, firm shape.
HA puts back the water you lose with age. And that helps restore the tight, elastic shape you remember from your youth.
When looking for an HA topical serum, I always recommend looking for a product that contains only natural ingredients. This is very important, because hyaluronic acid acts as a “carrier.” That means it can deliver every ingredient in the formula deeply into your cells.
So make certain your choice of hyaluronic acid moisturizer is free of things like propylene glycol, parabens, PABA, PEG and mineral oil.
Increase HA From the Inside Out
Dr. Sears avid readers all know how to increase levels of HA from the inside out. Here are a few of his most recommended food sources naturally rich in hyaluronic acid.
- Organ meat. Grass-fed organ meat is the leading source of hyaluronic acids. You may find large amounts of HA in kidneys, hearts and livers. Lamb, turkey, beef, veal and duck are also good sources.
- Bone broth. Well-known for boosting collagen levels, bone broth is also one of the best sources of HA you can find. It is rich in a kind of hyaluronic acid called glycosaminoglycans — or GAGs. In studies, GAGs have been shown to promote skin cell proliferation and increase the presence of retinoic acid, which improves the skin’s hydration.2 Be sure to cook your bone broth for at least 24 hours to provide enough HA.
- Oranges and grapefruit. Citrus fruits contain a flavonoid called naringenin that stops the breakdown of HA in the body. In one study, naringenin improved skin damage in as little as one week.3
Dr. Alison Levitt
Dr. Alison Levitt brings more than 23 years of experience in regenerative medicine to the Sears Institute to give her patients total health and wellness – both inside and out.
She specializes in empowering patients to take back their health by maintaining their optimal health. Her patients get the most advanced regenerative medicine therapies to help reverse their health conditions.
1Price RD, et al. “Hyaluronic acid: The scientific and clinical evidence.” J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 200760(10):1110-1119.
2Chen W and Abatangelo G. “Functions of hyaluronic acid in wound repair.” Wound Repair Regen. Mar-Apr 1999;7(2):79-89.
3Al-Roujayee A. “Naringenin improves the healing process of thermally-induced skin damage in rats.” J Int Med Res. 2017;45(2):570-582.