Summertime Skin Requires Revolutionary Products that Protect and Minimize Skin Aging!

The skin is our largest and most visible organ; in many ways, skin health tells us a lot about our internal health. For example, easy bruising and dry, wrinkled, sagging skin are signs of increased free radical damage and accelerated aging. In addition to being visible externally, these signs indicate what’s happening internally. Hence, there is a growing awareness that skin health mirrors internal health and human aging.i

Summertime can undoubtedly affect the appearance and health of our skin, but there are many things we can do to keep our glow. Exclusive, overpriced skin care products need not be one of them. Instead, use natural ingredients to create your summer skincare arsenal of cleansers, lotions, and supplements.

Essential Formulas has several products that enhance skin health and, at the same time, promote improved internal health and help to slow down the process of biological aging.

1. Dr. Ohhira’s Collagen Plus contains highly absorbable, low molecular weight collagen peptides. Human clinical trials have shown that orally ingested collagen peptides increase collagen production, skin elasticity, strength, and hydration.ii Increasing the body’s production of healthy new collagen is an example of reversing aging. This results in noticeable improvements in skin conditions, such as increased moisture and elasticity and a decrease in roughness and wrinkles.iii For example, in a human clinical trial, women who ingested collagen peptides for eight weeks had a 20% reduction in the volume of eye wrinkles, a 65% increase in type 1 skin collagen, and an 18% increase in skin elastin content.iv

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is one of the key ingredients in Dr. Ohhira’s Collagen Plus. HA can often absorb its weight in water, which explains why it effectively improves skin moisture content. In a 6-week clinical trial, subjects who ingested hyaluronic acid daily exhibited significantly greater moisture content in their skin and visibly improved facial features such as enhanced skin luster, suppleness, and reduced facial wrinkles.v

Cherry Blossom Extract (CBE) is a unique ingredient in Dr. Ohhira’s Collagen Plus, which is widely recognized in Japan for its health and beauty benefits. CBE has been shown to inhibit glycation, which destroys collagen, but more importantly, it stimulates the production of healthy, new collagen.

In an 8-week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the skin in the women taking CBE exhibited improved elasticity, less dryness, a reduction of skin pores, redness, and hyperpigmentation, improvement in the smoothness of the skin, and a reduction of glycation cross-linking damage. Studies such as this indicate that it improves the underlying collagen skin structure and the visual appearance of the skin and slows down the process of skin damage and aging.

2. Dr. Ohhira’s Essential Living Oils balances healthy fats with an emphasis on omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid), which is deficient in many Americans’ diets. Essential Living Oils is sourced from eight natural plant and seed oils, making it a healthy vegan alternative to fish oil supplements.

The fats in Essential Living Oils are essential for the proper architectural structure of cell walls in the skin. They also help balance the skin’s inflammatory response and maintain healthy skin barrier function.

3. Kampuku Beauty Bar, Magoroku Skin Lotion, and Hadayubi Lavender Moisturizer maintain a healthy, balanced skin microbiome essential for skin health. Dr. Ohhira’s skincare products are formulated with all-natural ingredients combined with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic extract, which protects and revitalizes the skin.

Unfortunately, many skincare products disrupt, damage, or remove the skin microbiome. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic extract contains various slightly acidic postbiotic metabolites such as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), organic acids, nucleic acids, and fulvic acids. These weakly acidic compounds help maintain proper skin pH, essential for a healthy skin microbiome. This starkly contrasts other skincare products that disrupt or destroy the skin microbiome.


The products from Essential Formulas highlighted in this article support and improve the skin microbiome while enhancing immune function and overall health. They especially help skin stay balanced, hydrated, and healthy during the hot summer.

i Nikolakis G, et al. Skin Mirrors Human Aging. Horm Mol Biol Clin Invest. 2013;16(1):13-28.
ii Asserin J, et al. The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo‐controlled clinical trials. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2015 Dec;14(4):291-301.
iii Inoue N, et al. Ingestion of bioactive collagen hydrolysates enhances facial skin moisture and elasticity and reduces facial aging signs in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study. J Sci. Food Agric. 2016;96(12):4077-4081.
iv Proksch E. et al. Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2014;27;47-55.
v Kawada C, et al. Ingestion of hyaluronans (molecular weights 800 k and 300 k) improves dry skin conditions: a randomized, double-blind, controlled study. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2015 Jan;56(1):14-81.