Type of Ingredient: exfoliator and antioxidant, also known as thioctic acid or lipoic acid
Main Benefits has been shown to have effects on fine lines, wrinkles, and skin roughness.
Who Should Use It: In general, anyone who wants to erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.
Ideal For These Concerns: It exfoliates, brightens and protects the complexion.
How Often Can You Use It: apply two to three drops two to three times a week. Use it at night after water-based products.
What is alpha-lipoic acid?
Alpha-lipoic acid is an enzyme that know as an antioxidant that can be applied topically or taken orally. Taken internally, alpha-lipoic acid is a water- and fat-soluble antioxidant capable of regenerating other antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E. It is also believed to exert numerous soothing effects.
It’s clear from the research that alpha-lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant, but it isn’t the only one; there are lots of great antioxidants for the skin there isn’t a lot of research on topical application of alpha-lipoic acid.
Alpha-lipoic acid is also known as thioctic acid; it’s extremely vulnerable to degradation by sunlight. Higher concentrations (5% or greater) are capable of causing a burning or stinging sensation on the skin.
It is also known as Lipoic acid, ALA or thioctic acid is a very special antioxidant, both for our skin as well as our bodies and brains. Like other antioxidants, it can be taken orally (food and drink) as well as applied topically. It is naturally found in all sorts of foods from spinach and broccoli to offal and rice bran; it can also be taken as a supplement. You can see that it is an easy nutrient to enjoy in some form every day, even if you don’t like eating brains, spleen or kidney. Spinach is loaded with it!
The Benefits of alpha-lipoic acid
ALA is very important as it assists in slowing down the aging process and decreasing inflammation. When our body is healthy our skin will age more slowly and be clearer, the most common benefits include:
- A fantastic ingredient for sensitive skin as it seldom creates any irritation and will soothe dry, red, irritated skin beautifully.
- It is the perfect choice for winter dry skins. Add a product such as Immerse to your usual moisturizer both day and night throughout the colder, dryer months.
- Due to its ability to slow the breakdown of collagen it Slows the onset of wrinkles and sagginess, removes fine lines over time, and decreases pore size.
- It is a natural exfoliant, clearing out pores, minimizing their appearance and clearing up pimples…especially dry skin breakouts.
- Decreases fine scars and erase pink/brown marks after a pimple including inflammatory scars.
- Assists in the regulation of oil production.
- Removes dullness from aging skin.
- It will improve skin texture, making it soft, more even-toned and giving it a healthy glow.
- It will treat under-eye puffiness and eye-bags over time.
“When it comes to battling physical signs of aging on the skin, certain studies have found that topical treatment creams containing 5 percent alpha lipoic acid can help reduce fine lines caused by exposure to sun ways. Skin damage is one side effect of high amounts of free radicals” explains Dr Josh Axe a clinical nutritionist, he adds “, which is why antioxidant-packed fruits and veggies are said to keep you looking young”
Generally, Alpha Lipoic acid is in creams, lotions and eye products. We have many products from all ranges containing it and suggest it is an ingredient that everyone should be applying daily to their face, neck, and décolletage as well as from their plate.
Doctors consider ALA to be safe for most people, with little to no risk of side effects. Mild effects may include nausea, rashes, and itching if a person takes high doses.
According to researchers, adults may take it up to 2,400 milligrams without serious side effects. There is not enough research and evidence on the extra benefits and potential side effects of taking higher doses, so medical professionals do not recommend it.
There is not enough evidence on its safety for use in children, however, so adults should always keep ALA in a safe place.
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