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Serine

* An amino acid

Functions:

Serine is a naturally occurring proteinogenic amino acid that is derived from silk proteins, and plays an important role in the body by helping to form the phospholipids (a major component of the cell membrane) that make up each cell. It also aids in DNA production, fat and fatty acid metabolism, muscle formation, and the maintenance of a healthy immune system, according to Wikipedia and VitaminStuff.com. Serine is used in the cosmetic and personal care industry as a skin conditioning agent, anti-static agent, and hair conditioning agent because of its ability to replenish cysteine levels in the hair to keep it strong and smooth. Amino acids are generally thought to be beneficial to the skin because of their ability to aid in collagen production, boost skin's elasticity, and replenish moisture.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database finds Serine to be a low hazard ingredient, and notes no concerns except for a data gap in information. No other studies were found that reported any negative side effects or warnings regarding this ingredient. Serine is FDA approved.

Recommended Products w/ Serine:

Zo Skin Health Ossential Growth Factor Serum, Murad Sleep Reform Serum, Murad Essential C Toner, Guinot Tres Homme Longue Vie Homme, Aviva Labs Sunless Tanning Gel, Long Hair Lovers Rare Hair Oil, AminoGenesis Cocoon Total Body Emollient, REN Moringa Seed Micro Protein Universal Shampoo

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