Somewhere along the line, the idea of a “skin care routine” became a complicated, time-consuming thing that required a million different steps and products. Truthfully, you don’t need to spend hours on your skin in for it to look and feel amazing. At AminoGenesis, our skin care strategy consists of three simple, yet hugely effective steps. Learn what they are and how you can implement them into your own daily routine with minimal effort and the right products.
Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is one of the most important steps in your daily skin care. Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between hydration and moisturization. Hydration refers to the moisture content of your skin, whereas moisturization refers to your skin’s ability to hold onto that water. To keep your skin smooth and healthy, it’s important to have both.
Your skin develops what is called natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which is primarily comprised of amino acids and their metabolites and exists within the stratum corneum of the skin . NMF determines your skin’s ability to retain moisture in order to aid barrier function and the process of desmasquation. However, when the skin’s barrier becomes damaged, transepidermal water loss (TEWL) can occur, leaving your skin looking and feeling dry and dehydrated.
To combat skin dehydration, use skin care products that contain amino acids to support the NMF of your skin and repair the skin barrier. In this way, amino acids can help to hydrate the skin as well as seal in that moisture for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.
When it comes to anti-aging skin care, buzzwords like “collagen-nourishing” and “collagen-promoting” are often tossed around, but with little explanation about what they actually mean or how certain ingredients can achieve them. When we talk about “nourishing” the skin, we’re referring to the ability of certain ingredients like amino acids to aid in the skin’s natural restorative and self-repair process.
Collagen and elastin are two key proteins that give the skin its youthful structure, texture, and ability to snap back into place when stretched. As we age, the amount of these proteins present in our skin begins to decline, resulting in the formation of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. This process of collagen degradation is also greatly accelerated by exposure to the sun’s UV rays, air pollution, and excess sugar consumption [2, 3].
Amino acids are key components of collagen synthesis, making them important anti-aging ingredients . They “nourish” the skin by promoting healthy collagen production and thus smoothing away the appearance of facial aging.
As mentioned above, environmental stressors like UV light and pollutants are harmful to the skin and are responsible for nearly every sign of skin aging. Although it’s not possible to entirely avoid these everyday stressors, you can help to defend your skin against their effects by using the right skin care ingredients and practicing healthy habits like using a daily sunscreen and regularly cleansing your skin.
Amino acids help to defend your skin by scavenging the free radicals that can lead to lines, wrinkles, and other signs of skin damage. Preventhelia is an exciting new peptide–a chain of amino acids–capable of neutralizing both oxidative and carbon free radicals to give you a new, powerful weapon to fight the signs of aging. You can find Preventhelia in AminoGenesis Photolagen-AGF intensive serum for sun and environmentally damaged skin.
Why Amino Acids Are Nature’s Skin Care Superstars
The evidence speaks for itself as to why incorporating amino acids into your skin care routine can be so beneficial. They play a major role in the three most important steps to getting the glowing, healthy skin you want: hydrate, nourish, and defend. With just a few powerful amino-acid-based products such as AminoGenesis Really, Really Clean, Therapeutic Facial Repair, and Cocoon, you can be well on your way to your best skin yet!