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Creatine

* A nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in vertebrates.

Functions:

Biologically speaking, this ingredient is naturally produced by amino acids in the body, and plays a vital role in supplying energy to skeletal muscle and nerve cells. It's been shown to increase muscle strength and raise the body's human growth hormone, and for this reason is frequently taken as a supplement by body builders.

Cosmetically speaking, many skin care manufacturers theorize that creatine demonstrates the same cell-signaling properties when applied topically to the skin. They believe that it may improve skin cell turnover, increase elasticity and treat hyper-pigmentation, particularly when used in combination with folic acid and carnitine. Many who use this ingredient (orally or topically) report an increase in hair growth and thickness, although others claim it to cause the reverse effect as well (i.e. hair loss).

A handful of studies claim that it can decrease the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin firmness, repair the skin and protect dna cells from UV damage. However, there is very little supporting data and further research is warranted to substantiate these claims. You can find this ingredient in personal care products such as facial lotion/moisturizer, anti-aging treatment, shampoo/conditioner, sunscreen, styling gel and eye cream.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The safety of this ingredient has not been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel.

Recommended Products w/ creatine:

Nivea Visage Eye Cream ($6.99), Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo

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