TBN: Hero Ingredients Edition- Why You Need Amino Acids
I recently mentioned on an Instagram post, a wonderful skincare accident. I have been using heavy retinols since November and of course my skin has been peeling in cycles ever since. My dermatologist advised on a new product he had just discovered, the Jalupro 4% L-Amino Acids + Hyaluronic acid Serum.
It is a newly released product that does not yet have a wide network of distributors. This Swiss-based lab makes top-grade injectibles and has now branched out into skincare. For the time being, I have only found it available for sale here: https://bit.ly/2HevY95.
I expected only moisture from this. It's been a VERY long time since I was seriously impressed by a product. But this was something special. All my retinol sensitivity, gone. My peeling, gone. All redness, gone. Since the very first time I used it! This, surely, was worth investigating.
The serum contains hyaluronic acid, which I've been using for lots of years. It helps only with moisture levels in the skin and cannot be considered an anti-aging or reparative ingredient. No, the benefits I saw from this formula came from somewhere else: this contains 4% L-Amino Acids. I had no idea what these are or what they do, so I researched the clinical data available.
I will be as brief as possible, so as not to bore you: amino acids are the building blocks of peptides, that are the building blocks of protein, which our skin is made of. They are indeed clinically proven anti-inflammatory agents that help repair damaged tissue and speed up healing in the skin. They are also antioxidants, fighting the free radicals that cause wrinkles.
In short, they help your skin heal and they protect it from aging.
Amino acids work very well with other ingredients, most notably peptides (longer chains of amino acids that specifically target different skin-aging concerns) and help boost their efficacy. This is why the two can often be found paired together in the more results-driven, clinical proof-led lab formulas, i.e. the people that actually know what they're doing. Aside from the Jalupro (which I find excellently priced at 49 euros in the link above), I have found some other formulas that contain amino acids as a star ingredient, listed below.
***Necessary disclaimer: TBN's next post will be on my favourite face oils. During my research, I found out that they also contain amino acids, before and after extraction. Amino acids are a part of nature after all and that's why oils seem to nourish our skin so effectively. The list below, however, only includes specifically formulated products with a higher concentration of amino acids; they are not just one minor element in a long list of ingredients***
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA: this has a cult following. I tried it after the recommendation of beauty guru Nadine Baggott. So good, so affordable. It's available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2IBe5Uf
Alpha-H Vitamin B with Copper Tripeptide: this is a hero skin-healing and antioxidant serum, loved and recommended by the Goddess of Skincare herself, Caroline Hirons. It's available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2Xl6QTE
Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1: as above, this is super-charged with healing and anti-oxidant properties and is the single most popular Deciem serum amongst skintellectuals. A highly effective, sophisticated formula. It is available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2IBnV8p
Lixirskin Universal Emulsion: if you've followed me long enough, you'll know Lixir is my favourite skincare brand ever. Created by dermodoctor Colette Haydon, this is the product I would choose to put on my face if I had to pick just one for life. For my full review from a few months ago, please read here https://bit.ly/2tQFZkJ.
The Emulsion is available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2Hj6Myl
Healgel: this line was also created by Colette Haydon. You'll notice her products regularly featured on TBN not because I am sponsored in any way, but because they are so very bloody good. She created the line in collaboration with a team of Harley Street plastic surgeons and it addresses the needs of skin that needs to heal (hence the name).
The pink one, on the top photo, is the Heagel Face: an everyday moisturiser packed full of amino acids and peptides, oils and hyaluronic acid. It is light as air yet amazingly nourishing. If you don't mind the slightly higher pricetag, get in now. It is available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2H3FE6k
On the second photo, the green bottle, is the Healgel Intensive. I would use this a super-healing serum below my moisturiser. I hate to repeat myself, but this woman is brilliant in everything she creates. Available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2H4p06q
Drunk Elephant Protini: This is a new darling of beauty gurus. I have objections regarding DE's 'suspicious six' mantra and their pricing. But there's no escaping the fact that they make damn good skincare. This one is no exception and it's packed with amino acids. Whoever uses this, swears by it. Available to buy here: https://bit.ly/2IGP9uo
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*photos via oneglobebio.com, cultbeauty.co.uk and spacenk.com