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Behind the Science of Sapelo: Vitamin C and Healthy Skin

Written by John Duttenhaver, MD, Sapelo medical consultant

Vitamins are crucial to our health. Without a sufficient supply, our bodies can’t work properly. In the early centuries of ocean exploration, sailors frequently developed scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency disease, because they didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables on long journeys. Eating an adequate supply of vitamin-C-rich foods like citrus, bell peppers, strawberries and green vegetables is essential to maintaining a healthy vitamin C level.

Healthy skin depends on vitamin C because it acts as a cofactor (a helper molecule) in the conversion of procollagen (the forerunner to collagen) into collagen. The body uses one molecule of vitamin C for every molecule of collagen. Therefore, your skin requires a constant supply of vitamin C to maintain a healthy and resilient structure. The challenge is that vitamin C is water-soluble, so our body tissue cannot store it for long—another reason to constantly replenish it.

At Sapelo Skin Care, we found an even better solution. Ascorbyl palmitate is a lipid-soluble form of vitamin C that is stable for months. It is a natural ester derived from a reaction between vitamin C and palmitic acid. We add ascorbyl palmitate to our Rejuvenating Cream, along with two bioactive peptides that signal the skin cells to manufacture more collagen I and collagen III. Apply it twice daily and your skin will always have a constant supply of vitamin C.

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National News Anchor Loves Sapelo Products

Lis Wiehl reveals why Sapelo is her go-to skin care secret.

Lis Wiehl, National News Anchor

From the moment I unwrapped my Sapelo Skin Care products, I felt like I had been transported to the South. The packaging is so warm and inviting; it makes me feel like a Southern belle! I live in New York City, where the weather is brutal on my skin. I also have to wear heavy makeup every day because I work in television, so my complexion suffers. But almost immediately after I started using Sapelo products, my skin felt smoother and brighter! I love this line, and now I am a faithful daily user. And my skin thanks me for it!

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Behind the Science of Sapelo: Gentle Skin Repair

Written by guest blogger John Duttenhaver, MD, Sapelo Medical Consultant

Sapelo medical consultant John Duttenhaver, MD

Regardless of the cause, damage to the skin triggers our immune systems to release a “cascade” of chemicals that ultimately leads to skin repair. Cosmetic procedures that damage skin, like chemical peels, blue light therapy, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion, can initiate the same response; however, repeat damage (or repeat procedures) actually accelerates skin aging and thinning.In the last decade, researchers have learned a tremendous amount about the science of skin care, and as a result, we are now able to mimic some of our bodies’ natural repair processes. Our skin ages because of intrinsic events—mainly age-related hormone loss—and extrinsic events, such as sun and environmental damage.

At Sapelo, we believe in protecting skin, not injuring it. So our products contain multiple peptides that mimic the healing “cascade” of healthy skin repair without injuring the tissue. Sapelo's stem cell additives carry many of the same peptides found in the body’s natural repair system.

We start by blending multiple peptides that gently initiate the skin’s healing process. Our peptides interact with receptors in the TGF-beta pathway, which is involved with many cellular processes. Each peptide has a unique structure that signals the cells to initiate a specific function—including the production of collagen I, collagen III and elastin, which are all major components of healthy skin rejuvenation. A key peptide also infused in Sapelo’s Rejuvenating Cream triggers the skin cell to inhibit damaging inflammation caused by UV injury.

Nurture the natural process of skin rejuvenation. Don’t be cruel to be kind.

Pass it down.

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