There’s a TON of bogus products and bad skin care advice out there.
Which is a shame, because if you use those harsh chemical cleansers and soaps, you’ll strip your skin of its essential oils, drying it out, leaving it to become unbearably itchy and flaky…
Or maybe you’ll end up listening to some beauty influencer who says you need to exfoliate five times a day, which inadvertently leaves your skin raw, inflamed, and looking damaged.
Needless to say, navigating the world of skincare can be a daunting experience.
But there’s ONE thing that will never steer you wrong on your skincare journey IF you learn to pay attention to it:
The Science of Skin Care.
If you understand how your skin works on a deep level, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to maintain healthy, beautiful skin WITHOUT falling for hyped-up products that do nothing for your skin… or leave it in worse condition than before.
Let’s dive in!
Your skin is made up of three main layers:
- Epidermis: the outer layer—this is your barrier from the outside environment
- Dermis: the thick middle layer—this is your network of nerves, blood vessels, and elastin fibers
- Subcutis: the deepest layer—this is your fat and connective tissue
When you’re young, your dermis is full of moisture, nutrients, and proteins that prop up your epidermis, keeping your skin visibly plump, smooth, and ‘bouncy.’
But as you age, your body produces less and less of the critical elements you need to keep looking young.
On top of that, environmental factors—including pollution, stress, diet, and sun damage—chip away at your complexion, making it more prone to roughness, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging.
Luckily, you can harness the vital nutrients your skin needs to nourish your beauty from within—no matter your age.
Skin Nourishing Nutrient #1: Ceramides.
The outermost layer of your epidermis is known as the stratum corneum—a collection of dead skin cells embedded in a waxy matrix of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids.
These lipids are what maintain an effective barrier between your dermis and the outside world, keeping your skin moist and smooth. But as you age, the ceramide content in your skin decreases, causing your epidermis to weaken and fold in on itself—a condition known as Dermal Collapse.
You may think simply lathering on a lotion full of ceramides would be enough to replenish your skin’s ceramide stores, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
Topical moisturizers cannot penetrate deep enough into the skin to have any lasting effect. Instead, these lotions and creams merely create a thin film that acts as an artificial barrier for a few hours, giving you the appearance of smoother skin before it dries off.
To take full advantage of ceramides’ power, you need a way to get these tiny miracle molecules to replenish the “glue” that holds your epidermis together from the inside out.
Skin Nourishing Nutrient #2: Hyaluronic Acid.
Your dermis consists of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid (HA)—HA being a particularly ‘gooey’ molecule that acts as a sponge for moisture.
One tiny molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, giving your skin that plump, supple look and feel.
But similar to ceramides, your body slowly turns off the HA tap as you age.
When that happens… your skin starts to flake, moisture evaporates, and nasty ‘age spots’ spring up everywhere…
Again, the answer is not as simple as taking a bucket of moisturizer and dunking your face in it. HA molecules won’t make it through to the dermis—instead, they will sit on top of your skin, giving you the short-term appearance of smooth skin.
The ONLY way to replenish your HA well is from within—just like your body did in your youth!
Skin Nourishing Nutrient #3: Collagen.
Collagen is the main structural protein found in your skin, joints, and other connective tissues.
This is the substance that maintains your skin’s elasticity and ‘bounce.’ But once again, your body produces less collagen as you age.
Now, crummy skincare products don’t require you to rub collagen on your skin like they do with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, but there’s another problem…
Most commercial collagen products are tainted with heavy metals and toxins.
See, collagen is extracted from animal bones. So the health and environment of those animals is directly correlated to the quality of the collagen. This means when choosing a collagen supplement, make sure you’re getting the cleanest, purest collagen available.
There ya go.
When you’re aware of the SCIENCE behind skincare, you become much less likely to be duped by beauty companies and influencers who twist the facts to fit their defective products.
And if you’re ready to nourish your beauty from within…
Del Mar Laboratories has you covered 🙂
To your health,
Assistant to Dr. Chasan