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Alpha Lipoic Acid

| [al-fə, lī-ˈpō-ik, a-səd] |

Categories: Antioxidants

Alpha lipoic Acid Benefits:
Anti-Aging
Anti-oxidant

Alpha lipoic acid (LA) is a potent antioxidant that can be made naturally within the body as well as found in various foods. Antioxidants help to protect the skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals present in the environment. This works to lower oxidative stress and allow for proper skin maintenance. In skincare, the benefits of alpha lipoic acid can also deter against signs of photo-aging (i.e., fine lines and wrinkles), which elicit an anti-aging effect. With its skin-protecting properties combined, topical application of alpha lipoic acid skin care products can help to defend and improve the skin’s overall quality and appearance. Alpha lipoic acid is most commonly found in moisturizing formulas such as lotions and creams. 1 2

  1. Beitner, H. Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double Blind Study on the Clinical Efficacy of a Cream Containing 5% alpha-lipoic Acid Related to Photoageing of Facial Skin." Br J Dermatol British Journal of Dermatology 149.4, 841-49 (2003)
  2. Tsuji-Naito, K. et al. α-Lipoic Acid Induces Collagen Biosynthesis Involving Prolyl Hydroxylase Expression via Activation of TGF-β-Smad Signaling in Human Dermal Fibroblasts. Connective Tissue Research 51.5, 378-87 (2010)