Watch TV or look at any woman’s magazine and you will be inundated with ads for topical products that purport to yield smoother, moister skin.
But, if skin is really another body organ along with your brain, pancreas, or kidneys, why would applying something topically yield genuine skin health reflected as increased collagen, elastin, increased suppleness, moisture and increased sebum? Even if, say, the retinoid cream you apply increases dermal collagen, it is a local effect, not reflecting a fundamental body-wide physiological change. Perhaps such topical products provide superficial or transient benefits, but real, deep, penetrating physiological benefits? I don’t think so.
But restoring a youthful level of oxytocin does. Among the spectacular skin health effects of boosting oxytocin are:
- Increased deposition of dermal collagen and thereby increased overall skin thickness. Skin loses collagen and thins as we age, resulting in the crepe-paper like skin of the elderly—oxytocin reverses this effect.
- Increased number of cells producing the lubricant, sebum, and increased sebum production, resulting in moister skin.
- Accelerated healing–with an accelerated shift from early neutrophil infiltration (the cells that degrade and make pus, for instance) to lymphocyte activation and infiltration
- Improved healing–with denser collagen content, making healing more secure.
- Increased number of hair follicles that yield denser hair, along with increased sebum production that yields thicker, shinier, more luxurious hair.
- Fingernails and toenails grow faster.
Reflective of the body-wide implications of this strategy, you also experience increased empathy, desire for connection with other people, and well-being.
All this develops due to an increase in the anti-inflammatory cytokine, IL-10, and a decrease in the inflammatory cytokine, IL-17, mediated via specific classes of lymphocytes, transmitted via the vagus nerve to the hypothalamus/pituitary, resulting in increased release of oxytocin.
The effects don’t end at skin. There are also the anorexigenic effect (appetite is turned off), increase in muscle mass that restores youthful metabolism and strength, increased libido, deeper sleep with extended REM periods and vivid dreams, preservation of bone density, as well as the probiotic benefits in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The yogurt we make to amplify bacterial counts of Lactobacillus reuteri that triggers oxytocin is thick, rich, and delicious.
And note that I tell you all this and I am not selling the yogurt to you, as some people have oddly concluded. I am telling you this because it’s true, wonderful, and fascinating.