5 reasons you need amino acids in your daily skincare
When you flip over your skincare product to see the list of ingredients, you may find names of compounds like proline, glycine, and serine, among others. If you love a product that gives you a lot in a little, then these names should make you really happy because these are the names of essential amino acids-building blocks of proteins in the body-that hydrate your skin; reduce inflammation; build collagen, and do much much more!
What are these amino acids?
They make up the proteins involved in our body functions, including ones that make collagen and elastin which are responsible for maintaining the texture of our skin. Their sequencing determines their type and function. For example, proline and glycine, found in Shankara’s Hydrating cleanser, reduce wrinkles and fine lines significantly.
There are about 20 amino acids and of them, 11 are non-essential, produced by the body, often when we are ill. Some of them include alanine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine, among others. But as we age, the body’s ability to produce these amino acids gets hampered, and so you need to supplement it externally either through local application of through dietary sources. But why do you need them in your daily skincare products like moisturizers and cleansers?
1. Natural moisturizing factors
You will find that in many of our Shankara offerings, including our best-selling Hydrating Cleanser, the amino acids come with ingredients called peptides. That is because amino acids work really well with ingredients like glycerides, hyaluronic acid, or peptides to make natural moisturizing factors or NMFs. They hydrate your skin and minimize signs of aging. When combined with peptides, amino acids can help reduce wrinkles, improve the firmness of your skin and give it a smoother and softer texture.
2. Hydrating bliss
Lack of sufficient hydration can cause multiple skin damages like roughness, premature aging, the appearance of fine lines among other things. Here’s an interesting fact-the top epidermal layers of our skin boasts of amino acids that keep it hydrated by allowing moisture into the skin. But you may need moisturizing reinforcement as you age, so it is good to have a cleanser loaded with amino acids.
3. Plump up the skin
Who doesn’t like some plumpy, glowing, and well-hydrated skin, right? The presence of amino acids and certain other compounds like glycerin and hyaluronic acid can give your skin much-needed plumpy softness by increasing the amount of moisture it retains inside. (Also read: Skin aging-5 benefits of hyaluronic acid)
4. Loaded in antioxidants
Amino acids do much more than just guzzling moisture. They protect antioxidant action in the skin. You need the antioxidants performing at their best to keep skin aging and oxidative stress at bay. These antioxidants reduce damage caused by rogue radicals too that over time make the skin look baggy, dry, and wrinkled. Studies found alkaline amino acids like histidine or lysine have strong antioxidant activity. Some amino acids work as an antioxidant, but most help your skin to reproduce its own antioxidants.
Amino acids also have painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties that help fight skin infections and inflammations.
5. Supports collagen production
Collagen is the secret protein that keeps your skin looking soft, age-less, and well-textured. Collagen holds the skin’s texture in place that determines its firmness. As you age, the collagen production starts reducing naturally and it starts showing on the skin. So a boost of amino acids in your skincare helps strengthen and regenerate collagen effectively.
Amino acids, in short, go well with many ingredients, especially peptides; can be used on a daily basis as they are gentle on the skin; and specific amino acids are used for specific functions like hydration, collagen reinforcement; antioxidant properties; reducing existing damages to the skin; firming up the skin or water retention.