“Our skin, the body's largest organ, boasts an impressive cellular turnover rate. This perpetual renewal relies heavily on the mitochondria, known as the cellular powerhouses.”
Skin Energy Vampires
While mitochondrial function and number tend to naturally decline with age, there are external factors that can accelerate this process and sap the glow and vitality out of skin.
Steer clear or protect yourself from “skin energy vampires”:
- UV damage
- Prolonged exposure to High Energy Visible light (blue light) throughout the day from the sun and smart gadgets
- Poor sleep
- Chronic stress
- Negative mindset or constant worrying
- Insufficient exercise, and over exercise
- Dietary indiscretions (particularly foods that spike blood sugar like refined carbs and sugary drinks, as well as alcohol, processed foods, and pesticide-laden produce)
Skin Energy Support
For smoother, glowing skin that can better resist the ravages of time, we need to support the health of our skin mitochondria and boost our skin’s cellular metabolism. The basics like trying to clock sufficient, good quality sleep and staying active are vital to maintain healthy energy production. But we can also further fortify and boost our our skin’s mighty “mitos” with:
- Daily Sunscreen: Make it a habit to apply sunscreen with comprehensive protection against UVA, UVB, and HEV rays.
- Active Skincare Ingredients that protect and support mitochondria function:
- Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Ferulic acid, SOD, ALA, CoQ10, which help to help protect the mitochondria from excessive free radical damage (oxidative stress).
- Vitamin B3 (a.k.a niacinamide) supports energy production, and combats inflammation, dullness and pigmentation.
- For a deeper reach, in-clinic treatments like LED Red light therapy and Infrared skin lasers like the BriteMax are used to recharge tired fibroblast cells to support collagen and hyaluronic acid production, energise healthy skin regeneration, even out pigmentation spots, and reignite a youthful glow.
Power Up the Body’s Cell Batteries
Our mitochondria convert the food we eat into ATP (our cellular energy currency). Hence, we need to feed our mitochondria well by eating whole foods, packed with vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and good fats in order to fuel healthy cellular functions. This means clean leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, wild-caught fish, high quality pasture-raised meat, and some low-sugar fruits.
Don’t snack. Don’t eat late. A decent fasting period is required to give your mitochondria a chance to rest, repair and renew themselves.
For that additional energy boost, talk to your doctor about oral supplements and the MitoCharge 360° treatment to recharge the body’s mitochondria.
Great things are achieved starting small. Take care of your cellular health, and beauty will take care of itself.
DR. TAN WANG THENG