Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left. So what do they do in our skincare products?
Amino acids, at their essence, are peptides. These are proteins, which can have a positive effect upon cells. They can help improve skin that has been scarred or has stretch marks. When used correctly, amino acids seem to be more powerful than an alpha-hydroxy system of skin care in terms of filling lines, smoothing skin and improving tone and color. Even better, they can achieve this with less irritation and photosensitivity. (reference: lovetoknow.com)
It’s also understood that amino acids, applied externally in the right formula and also taken internally, can improve the skin’s ability to stay hydrated. Properly hydrated skin not only takes and holds cosmetics better, but looks and feels more youthful.
GS uses a patented Swiss developed Proline Amino Acid. Proline is an amino acid needed to the production of collagen and cartilage. It keeps muscles and joins flexible and helps reduce sagging and fine wrinkles that are the result of UV exposure and aging of the skin. Proline helps the body break down proteins to create healthy, new cells in the skin tissue. It is critical to the development and maintenance oh healthy skin and tissues, especially at the site of traumatic damage or injury.
How else can we incorporate these important building blocks into our daily lives? According to the National Institutes of Health, meat is the most easily digestible source. Of course, to avoid high cholesterol and other pitfalls, lean meats are your best bet. They recommend 2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat (beef or pork — pick the round, top sirloin or tenderloin cuts and trim the fat; bison is also a great option), poultry (think chicken or turkey with the skin removed), or fish (shellfish works too). Eggs contain plenty of amino acids, as well, and vegetarian sources include pinto, kidney, and black beans, lentils, and soy products like tofu and tempeh. And for a quick snack, you can also choose sunflower seeds, walnuts, peanut butter, or even cheese. Of course, always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.