SKIN SO­LU­TIONS

In­cor­po­rate amino acids into your skin­care rou­tine

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Contents -

AMINO ACIDS

In case you’ve for­got­ten your high-school bi­ol­ogy, amino acids are the build­ing blocks that make up pro­teins, and play a role in vir­tu­ally every process in our bodies. When it comes to skin­care, they’re cel­e­brated for their anti-age­ing ef­fects. Two in par­tic­u­lar – pro­line and glycine – are vi­tal for col­la­gen syn­the­sis, help­ing to re­duce fine lines and wrin­kles. In­cor­po­rated into serums, night creams and other treat­ments, amino acids also im­prove mois­ture re­ten­tion to soften and smooth skin.

TRY THESE:

1. NEOSTRATA Skin Ac­tive Tri-Ther­apy Lift­ing Serum R1 035 adds vol­ume to slack skin, re­news tone and smooths tex­ture while im­prov­ing over­all signs of photo-dam­age.

2. PH FORMULA UV Pro­tect SPF 50+ R610 is a broad-spec­trum sun­screen that helps pre­vent DNA dam­age. It also deeply hy­drates skin, and has a matte fin­ish to keep shine at bay.

3. ELEMIS Dy­namic Resur­fac­ing Serum R2 135 con­tains a com­bi­na­tion of AHAs and vi­ta­min C (as well as amino acids) to give your skin that post-fa­cial glow.

PEP­TIDES

Pep­tides are short chains of amino acids that con­vey mes­sages to your cells. Ath­letes have long used them to ma­nip­u­late their bodies into re­cov­er­ing from ex­er­cise faster, and now they are be­ing har­nessed by der­ma­tol­o­gists – so you can lit­er­ally tell your face to tighten up. When ap­plied top­i­cally in the form of pep­tide-rich prod­ucts, they im­prove firm­ness and tex­ture while also re­duc­ing the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles.

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4. SKINCEUTICALS Me­ta­cell Re­newal B3 R1 800 is a multi-cor­rec­tive mois­turiser that tar­gets early signs of age­ing in­clud­ing dull­ness, dis­coloura­tion, dry­ness, fine lines and loss of col­la­gen.

5. LAMELLE Serra Sooth­ing Cream R665 is an anti-in­flam­ma­tory, anti-itch and anti-red­ness cream. However, its most im­por­tant func­tion is its skin-bar­rier sup­port, which helps re­duce dry­ness and dis­com­fort.

6. EXUVIANCE AGE Re­verse Day Re­pair R965 is a day cream that dou­bles as an SPF. It re­pairs skin with the added ben­e­fit of an­tiox­i­dants to pro­tect against daily en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors.

LEEGEEHAAM Dual Pep­tide Firm­ing Mask R70 is for­mu­lated with two pep­tides that re­duce fine lines and wrin­kles. The mask it­self is su­per soft, al­co­hol-free and hy­poal­ler­genic.

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