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Updated: Apr 15, 2023

What is Glutathione Skin Care?

Glutathione skin care is a type of skin care that contains glutathione (GSH). Glutathione is a molecule that is present in every cell, where it works as a potent detoxifier and protector of cellular function. Nicknamed the “mother” or “master” antioxidant, it can help protect us from the harmful effects of oxidative stress which is linked to many skin issues like acne,, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, age spots, blemishes, sunspots, redness, inflammation, wrinkles, fine lines and more.

What Are the Benefits From Glutathione in Skin Care?

Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant essential for the functioning of the immune system, also protects against environmental damage and helps repair skin cells at the cellular level. Glutathione can reduce signs of aging and detoxify the skin from damage. Below is how glutathione benefits the skin. 

  • Boosting Skin Health. Glutathione is responsible for disarming free radicals, recycling other antioxidants, and encouraging cell turnover and collagen production. Thus the skin is better able to heal from damage caused by UV rays, environmental toxins and aging.

  • Preventing or Reversing Signs of Skin Aging. Many products claim to help hide or treat things like forehead wrinkles, age spots or sagging skin. But, they do nothing to treat one of the main causes of skin aging: oxadative stress. By limiting free radical activity, glutathione lowers our oxidative stress and promotes healing. This protects skin elasticity, firmness, and plumpness, which in turn, prevents signs of premature aging like wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin.

  • Brightening Overall Skin Tone and Trouble Spots. Another sure sign of oxidative stress is dull, dry skin. Since it’s one of the body’s main detoxifiers, glutathione plays an important role in creating an overall smoother and brighter appearance for the skin. GSH also blocks the activities of tyrosinase, the enzyme that creates melanin. Research shows this is an effective way to lighten dark spots from age, blemishes or scars. 

  • Improving Symptoms and Appearance of Inflammation. Acne and rosacea are some of the most common skin complaints. Studies suggest that severe acne is linked with lower GSH and higher oxidative stress, while people with rosacea use a great deal of GSH. As with skin aging, increasing glutathione fights these problems at their source, leading to improvement in skin function and appearance from the inside out. Even severe skin diseases like psoriasis show symptom improvement after supplementing amino acids, the building blocks of glutathione.

What Are the Best Glutathione Skin Care Products?

In recent years, more and more glutathione skin care products have hit the market. However, not all glutathione products are created the same.

The best glutathione products come in a pure form that’s small enough to pass through the skin’s protective barrier.

This type of glutathione uses sub-nanotechnology to deliver a highly absorbable form of reduced L-glutathione, which enables the glutathione molecule to absorb intact into the skin.

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