I flew to Bogotá, Colombia to speak at a regenerative medicine conference. The audience was around 100 dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
My speech was on an award-winning discovery that restores youthful skin at the cellular level.
Out of all the doctors in the room that day, only two or three had even heard of this breakthrough.
As a regular reader, you know that I’m talking about telomeres — the most important factor driving how your skin ages.
Since you know this, you’re already way ahead of 98% of skin-care doctors!
Last week, I wrote to you about repairing your telomeres and protecting your skin using a sacred herb grown in the Amazon rainforests of South America called cat’s claw. It helps skin revive itself from the inside out. Today, I want to talk to you about repairing your skin from the outside in…
There is a remarkable compound that’s the closest thing to turning back the clock on aging skin that I’ve ever seen. It’s called teprenone, and it can reverse signs of aging skin in just 30 days.
When I read the results of a clinical study done on older women with age-related skin problems, I was astonished.
After using teprenone (combined with a carrier oil called caprylic acid), the women in the study say their skin firmness improved by 35% and skin tone was restored by 45% — in just one month. Age spots decreased by 56% after six months.1
A second group had even more amazing results:
- 100% of the women showed improvements in skin moisture.
- The skin’s ability to lock in moisture went up in 75%.
- 100% saw their sunspots fade.
- More than 90% experienced an improvement in pore size.
- Redness was reduced by 30.5%.
Teprenone works by activating genes that control and lengthen telomeres. It does this by stimulating two enzymes, CDK2 and CBX5. This extends the lifespan of skin cells by 30%.2
This is important because the first enzyme helps regulate telomere length. The second enzyme determines the telomere’s structure, attaching it to the end of your DNA to rebuild telomeres and make them longer.
Teprenone also protects your cells by boosting the healing power of antioxidants.
And teprenone protects your skin from free radicals and oxidative stress. Antioxidants keep teprenone inside your cells and teprenone makes antioxidants work better to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Use These 2 Herbs to Repair Aging Skin
Teprenone is not the only way you can protect your telomeres. Here are two more herbs that I recommend to my patients. Like the cat’s claw I told you about last week, you can take them as a supplement or use them in your skincare routine.
Astragalus works both internally and externally to promote younger-looking skin.
- Astragalus. I’ve been treating patients with astragalus for decades. I use the herb to help my patients lower their blood pressure and boost immunity.But I recently learned that, when applied topically, an extract from this plant can slow down cell aging of the skin. Researchers found that it holds an enzyme that breaks down elastin and collagen by 97% to 99%.3And when taken internally, astragalus activates telomerase. Telomerase is the enzyme that keeps telomeres long. I recommend two to three tablespoons of astragalus root powder daily (about 30-45 grams). You can usually find it already dried and ground at many health food stores or online. You can add the powder to a variety of foods and prepared dishes. It has a pleasant, mildly sweet taste.You can also take astragalus extract as a supplement. I suggest 500 mg three times a day.
- Baicalin. This compound comes from the roots of the ancient skullcap plant (Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi). It stops skin cell aging by restoring telomere length.In one study, researchers blasted skin cells with UV radiation. The cells without baicalin lost nearly 70% of their telomere length. But baicalin was able to restore telomeres to 65% of their original length.4You can find fresh or dried skullcap leaves or powder online or at health food stores. Or look for a supplement. It’s called skullcap in the U.S. or Huang Qin in Traditional Chinese medicine. But make sure you buy the Chinese skullcap or Scutellaria baicalensis. American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) does not have the same effect. Take 400 mg to 600 mg per day with meals.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Monograph. Patent-pending Renovage™. Sederma. Data on file. 2007.
2. Kim JH., et al. “Effects of topical application of Astragalus membranaceus on allergic dermatitis.” Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2013 Feb.
3. Choi D., et al. “Potential application of acetone extract of Astragalus sinicus Linne seed to functional cosmetics.” Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering. March 2011.
4. Min W., Gao Y., Lin B., Luo D. “Effects of baicalin on ultraviolet A-induced telomere damage in cultured human primary fibroblasts.” Chinese Journal of Dermatology. 2011.