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Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)

* A family of carbohydrates that help with the maintenance and support of collagen and elastin

Functions:

Glycosaminoglycans' primary role is to maintain and support collagen, elastin and turgidity (bounce) in the cellular spaces and keep protein fibers in balance and proportion. It also promotes the ability of the collagen and elastin fibers to retain moisture, therefore remaining soluble (Source). In skin care products, they are essential to the epidermal & dermal cells metabolism and keeping the collagen and elastin of the skin in good condition. GAGs are important in the reaction of copper peptides to help repair wrinkles and scarring. Known as the water reserve of the viable epidermis and dermis, these carbohydrates are dependent on fluid intake. Glycosaminoglycans are also linked to the lymphatic system.

Some examples of Glycosaminoglycan's natural uses in the body include heparin as an anticoagulant, hyaluronate as a component in the synovial fluid lubricant in body joints, and chondroitins which can be found in connective tissues, cartilage and tendons (Wikipedia).

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

There are no adverse reactions associated with Glycosaminoglycans, in part because it is naturally created in the body.

Recommended Products w/ Glycosaminoglycans:

Arcona Peptide Hydrating ComplexPerricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer, Rapid Lash Eyelash Renewal Serum, Adorage Anti-stress Serum and Moisturizing Cream, Revlon Age Defying Spa Foundation

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