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Secret to youth lies in water

Posted in aging, Health, Skin, Water, Youth by Erineus on July 16, 2009

By Howard Murad M.D.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:36:00 07/16/2009

THE WATER principle is not about drinking water. It is about getting water into the cells and keeping it there so that every cell can function at full capacity.

Next to oxygen, water is the most important substance you need, and almost everything we know about aging tells us the decline in function over the years is a direct result of water loss.

To give you a visual, think of an infant. At birth, a baby’s body weight is about 75 percent water; it’s plump, smooth and resilient. As age takes its toll, we lose the ability to hold on to that water.

Our skin becomes thin, dry and rough as water content drops to an average of about 50 percent for adult females, 60 percent for males. Holding on to this water is the secret to keeping cells youthful.

Missing link

Inflammation and free radical damage have maintained their status in the headlines as the main causes of aging. Some of the world’s leading scientists have been unraveling the mystery of how these forces cause your body—and your skin—to self-destruct.

Not only are inflammation and free radicals inextricably linked to wrinkles and the aging process in general. They are also important players in chronic diseases from diabetes and arthritis to cancer.

But as important as these factors are, they still have the same net effect: destruction of the cells or tissue, causing water loss.

Quick fix

During over 30 years of practice, I have seen nearly 50,000 patients. Many come to me as the signs of aging set in. Their mission: to stop the results of aging skin with an injection or a facelift.

While I believe surgical procedures can provide wonderful results, I always educate my patients about the fact that these procedures do not improve the quality of the skin.

The skin can be lifted and pulled back, yet you still have the same skin. You can freeze the muscle or plump up a wrinkle with fillers, but you have not made the skin healthier.

My answer is to put the water back into the tissue by using a method that combines both topical and internal factors.

Topical factors

As a skincare professional, you can increase the water content in your clients’ skin by using professional treatments. I recommend products that contain these ingredients:

Exfoliators, such as enzymes, AHAs, BHAs to remove non-functioning skin cells

Natural moisture factors, such as sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid that absorb water

Ceramides and essential fatty acids, such as evening primrose oil, avocado oil, linoleic acid to protect the skin’s barrier function and help prevent water loss

Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, pomegranate extract, grape-seed extract, green tea to protect from damaging free radicals

Anti-inflammatory agents, such as licorice extract, zinc, cucumber and other botanicals to reduce inflammation

Internal factors

I have always believed in the importance of supplements and their role in skin health.

As the first to pioneer the use of internal skincare in 1995, I have scientific proof, through independent studies, that you can reduce wrinkles, increase elasticity, clear acne, increase sun protection and reduce cellulite with specific supplement formulas.

To optimize water content in the cells internally, I recommend a daily intake of these key nutrients:

Glucosamine to promoteconnective tissue production so it can absorb more water

Phosphatidylcholine to maintain cell walls

Antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, grape-seed extract, coenzyme Q10 to fight free radicals

Anti-inflammatory agents, such as zinc and soothing botanicals to reduce inflammation

Essential fatty acids to lock in moisture in the cells

Amino acids which are the building blocks for collagen and elastin

When these are taken in the right combination, you can increase the water content of your cells and reduce wrinkles by 34 percent and increase elasticity by 18 percent, in just five weeks.

Two ways

Incorporating the water principle in your treatment areas and for your client regimen may be summarized in two ways:

1) Put it on—keep it in: On the outside, you need to trap the water into your skin. This starts with cleansing. Leave the surface of the skin slightly damp, then apply moisturizer that contains ingredients that attract water such as hyaluronic acid or sodium PCA, and ingredients that lock in water such as ceramides.

2) Drink it—keep it: On the inside, drink water and hold it in by taking glucosamine (this produces hyaluronic acid, which attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in water). Then you maintain the water you drink by taking essential fatty acids such as flaxseed, olive oil and fish oils.

As Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgi von Nagyrapolt wrote: “Discovery is seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.”

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