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Amino Acids in Skincare Products

Much like building structures with Legos, multiple amino acids join together to create a final product – protein. Proteins form the structural components of the body, such as, skin, hair, nails, bones, and muscles. Some of the most commonly known proteins include keratin and collagen. Keratin forms hair and contributes to the skin’s structure along with collagen. However, collagen is the pivotal component of skin composition. 

Before discussing the benefits of amino acids, it is important to understand what amino acids are. Amino acids are the foundational component of proteins. There are 20 amino acids, 11 of which are considered “nonessential” and 9 that are considered “essential”, yet all are vital for the body’s survival. Nonessential means that the body can make them on its own. Essential amino acids must be obtained through the diet (the body cannot make them on its own). 

The benefits of amino acids are the synthesis, rejuvenation and formation of skin, hair and nails. In short, amino acids construct the body, making them vital for every BODY! Maintaining healthy skin is one reason to seek out amino acids because amino acids form collagen. In turn, collagen production supports reduced wrinkles and promotes greater elasticity and hydration resulting in stronger, healthier, more youthful looking skin. 

The diet is the gateway to securing the body’s need for essential amino acids. Dietary sources containing essential amino acids are indispensable. The 9 essential amino acids are found in complete proteins. Examples of complete proteins are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. For individuals following a vegan diet, essential protein options include quiona, buckwheat, and soybeans. 

To find amino acids in skin care products, look for ingredients with the name of an amino acid or ending in “peptide” or “ase”. Check out Dermatologist’s Choice Facial Enhancement Cream made with Superoxide Dismutase. Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme made from amino acids and the body’s strongest naturally occurring antioxidant. This product protects the skin from harm caused by sun light, blue light and environmental pollution while stimulating collagen production to restore the skin’s glowing appearance. 

Would you use a skincare product with amino acids? Let us know in the comments.

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