Glossary — Taurine

Taurine

Taurine

Taurine — an amino acid used in skin care products, particularly anti-aging lines, where it is said to help calm the skin and when combined with glycolic acid it is also said to have an exfoliating effect that helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Taurine is believed to inhibit glycation [when sugars attach themselves to the amino acids in collagen—promoting wrinkles, sagging, and “creping,” one of the main causes of cellular aging]. Taurine modulates multiple skin-damaging pathways when applied topically, evidence suggests taurine repairs the skin barrier, rehydrates keratinocytes (the main cells of the upper skin layers), inhibits apoptosis (cell...

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Amino Acids

Alanine Amino Acids Arginine Asparagine Aspartic Acid Cysteine Glutamic Acid Glutamine Glycine Proline Serine Taurine Tyrosine

Amino Acids — Amino acids are naturally present in skin, as part of what’s called our natural moisturizing factors (NMFs). Within skin’s uppermost layers, amino acids work to move moisture throughout skin, allowing our skin to thrive and stay hydrated.  Because of this, the primary benefit is that the amino acids help maintain skin’s smoothness and hydration, something they also do when applied via skin care products.  There are at least 20 amino acids that are important to our health, 11 of which your body makes on its own (alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline,...

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