Jun 22, 2011

You Can’t Beat Nature for True Beauty

I’ve met so many naturally beautiful people in my travels. From the Andes Mountains of Peru to Africa and India, people have discovered that Nature provides so many ways to help maintain smooth, young-looking skin.For example, you’ll find women in South Africa with absolutely gorgeous skin… thanks to a mountain shrub called red tea. Or in the Andes, where women who are exposed to intense sun have remarkably smooth and supple skin. These women use a secret they learned from vineyard workers.

skin beauty I’ve brought many of these discoveries back with me to my practice. I’ve never been disappointed. And neither have the many patients who’ve benefitted from these discoveries.

But it never fails… some people think they can improve on Nature.

For example, marketers hype “galvanic skincare devices” that supposedly give you a non-surgical “facelift” with low-voltage electrical current.

And the latest fad – radio frequency (RF) “energy” – that supposedly heats the deeper layers of the skin. But that “energy” is radiation. Radiation that’s very similar to microwaves and X-rays.

The galvanic devices have been thoroughly debunked. And I’m not comfortable with unnecessary radiation at any level. So how do you get gorgeous skin without the risks? Look to Nature.

Here are some of my favorite nutrients for your skin:

  • CoQ10 – By your 35th birthday, your body starts to lose the ability to make CoQ10. And CoQ10 is one of your skin’s major defenses. But applying CoQ10 directly to your skin has an amazing effect. It revives the activity of mitochondria1 – your cells’ “energy factories.” It boosts your body’s defenses against UV rays.2 And CoQ10 helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, too.3
  • Hyaluronic acid (HLA) – Don’t be fooled by the name. HLA is completely natural. In fact, it’s your body’s own natural moisturizer. One reason it’s so effective: It draws moisture from inside and outside your body. HLA also helps your body retain moisture and promotes skin healing.4 It’s like a mini-repair kit for aging skin.
  • Red tea (Rooibos) – This South-African shrub makes a delicious tea. But it’s also traditionally used as an antioxidant for skin care. In a recent human study, a red-tea preparation helped reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by nearly 10 percent in just 30 days.7
  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) – The word “acid” may make you a little jumpy when we’re talking about skin care. But ALA isn’t that kind of acid. It’s a powerful antioxidant. It helps bolster your skin’s natural defenses against free-radical damage. And it promotes smoother skin. When Swedish doctors tested ALA on a group of women in their 50s, the results were dramatic. In just 12 weeks, the women’s skin was over 50 percent smoother.8

Many nutrients and herbs can help your body fight the effects of aging. Vitamin C supports healthy collagen production. The vegetable glycerin is a powerful moisturizer. And the list goes on and on.

That’s why I was inspired to create my own unique line of natural skincare products. And why I’ll continue to seek the most effective ways Nature has to help you keep your skin looking younger.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

1 Prahl, S., et al, “Aging skin is functionally anaerobic: importance of coenzyme Q10 for anti aging skin care,” Biofactors 2008;32(1-4):245-55
2 Hoppe, U., et al, “Coenzyme Q{10}, a cutaneous antioxidant and energizer,” BioFactors1999;  9( 2-4): 371-378
3 Inui, M., et al, “Mechanisms of inhibitory effects of CoQ10 on UVB-induced wrinkle formation in vitro and in vivo,” Biofactors2008;32(1-4):237-43
4 King, S.R., et al, “Beneficial actions of exogenous hyaluronic acid on wound healing,” Surgery Jan. 1991;;109(1):76-84
5 Griffiths, C., et al, “Restoration of Collagen Formation in Photodamaged Human Skin by Tretinoin (Retinoic Acid),” NEJM Aug. 19, 1993; 329(8):530-535
6 Fazekas, Z., et al, “Protective effects of lycopene against ultraviolet B-induced photodamage,” Nutr. Cancer2003;47(2):181-7
7 Chuarienthong, P., et al, “Clinical efficacy comparison of anti-wrinkle cosmetics containing herbal flavonoids,” Int. J. Cosmet. Sci. Apr. 2010;32(2):99-106
8 Beitner, H., “Randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind study on the clinical efficacy of a cream containing 5%?-lipoic acid related to photoaging of facial skin,” British Journal of Dermatology 149( 4):841- 849

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