Amino Acids

[a-mē-nō, a-səds]

Categories: Antioxidants, Proteins

Amino Acids Skin Benefits:

Amino acids are essential components to maintaining the appearance of healthy skin. They serve as the building blocks for proteins such as collagen, which help to give skin its supple and smooth texture. The human body can produce about half of the twenty possible amino acids; the rest, also known as “essential amino acids,” must be obtained from the diet. 1 2

Amino acids in skin care are often implemented into beauty products to enhance the skin’s overall quality and appearance. Studies have shown amino acids and their derivatives to be an effective measure for diminishing the appearance of the signs of aging. This makes the use of amino acids for skin an option to infuse into topical cosmetic formulations for anti-aging benefits. In addition, formulas with amino acids are known to provide secondary advantageous effects which may simultaneously work to maintain and improve skin elasticity. 3

  1. Jacobson, Tony M. et al. Effects of aging and xerosis on the amino acid composition of human skin. Journal of investigative dermatology 95.3, 296-300 (1990)
  2. Goddard, D. and Gruber, J. Principles of polymer science and technology in cosmetics and personal care. CRC Press, 392-422 (1999)
  3. Farris, P. et al. A novel, volumizing cosmetic formulation significantly improves the appearance of target Glabellar lines, nasolabial folds, and crow's feet in a double-blind, vehicle-controlled clinical trial. Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD 13.1. 41-46 (2014)
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