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Five Best With Amino Acids

Five Best With Amino Acids

June 16, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments

75% of my body (and yours) is made up of amino acids. They are the building blocks of proteins and they get together and form chains to create our anti-aging friends, peptides. Amino acids are an essential part of the synthesis of collagen and elastin. I have noticed that I do exceptionally well with serums that take their amino acids seriously, so I am always scouting for new ones. Some recent finds are superlative and they have inspired the first ever Five Best with amino acids.

  • Kat Burki Form Control Collagen Gel

    Kat Burki Form Control Marine Collagen Gel ($150 in the shop). My skin just drinks in Kat Burki’s new heavy hitting serum. Sodium hyaluronate is infused with a silk protein complex of 13 amino acids. Each amino acid has a different role and some are necessary for the function of others—for example, threonine is necessary for glycine and serine, which in turn are vital for the production of collagen and elastin. The other ingredients are well-selected. The marine collagen is keratin from algae and there’s Kat Burki’s signature botanical brew and plant stem cells. What’s more, the formula works on wrinkles.

  • BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide Youth Regenerating Serum

    BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide Youth Regenerating Serum ($95 in the shop). This is all about the amino acids. The complex is similar to Kat Burki’s, although BRAD’s silk proteins have been biofermented. In a base of herbal extractions, there’s not much more than witch hazel and hyaluronic acid to distract us from the amino acids. Regenerating is a great way to describe this serum. Re-energized would be a great way to describe my skin as a result.

  • Sciote Omni Phyto-Cell Serum

    Sciote Omni Phyto-Cell Serum ($130 in the shop). Although the amino acids (peptide complex, as Sciote calls them) have center stage in Sciote’s serum, the other actives could hardly be said to have a mere supporting role. Right out the gate there’s collagen-boosting Matrixyl 3000. Resistem is a stem cell from a member of the daisy family. Useful botanicals include gotu kola, periwinkle and cucumber. All this comes together for an all-around, multitasking anti-aging serum.

  • Sweetsation Q*Lumiere Organic Day Crème

    Sweetsation Q*Lumiere Organic Day Crème ($29). Silk protein amino acids deliver silky skin, says Sweetsation. And I would agree. Sweetsation has combined them with a trip to the farmer’s market and there’s a veritable orchard-full of fruit extracts including watermelon, raspberry, guava and papaya. Marine extracts also play their part. Borage and flax take down skin redness, kojic acid lightens the skin and roll calls just go on and on.

  • Skinfinite Peptide Repair Serum

    Skinfinite Peptide Repair Serum ($69 in the shop). Unlike the other’s in this Five Best selection, Skinfinite has isolated just one amino acid instead of taking the complex route. Carnitine is one of the most important when it comes to aging as it interacts with mitochondria and it is now believed by scientists that mitochondrial decline is a key factor in getting old. Skinfinite’s formula also contains an epidermal growth factor, apple stem cells, spin trap (a radical scavenger) and antioxidant ubiquinone.

  • July 30, 2016

    by maureen

    Matrixyl concentrations seem to be the distinction between products. Other than that it seems an egg white would do just about the same thing. Am i wrong? love maureen

  • June 25, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Deborah, unfortunately I don't have any comfort to offer you. Arginine is indeed implicated with cold sores. However, it is widely thought that lysine counteracts it, so it could be worth trying a serum that features lysine as well. Although none of my picks do - sorry, I hadn't considered this issue until you brought it up. FYI, the Skinfinite does not have arginine.

  • June 23, 2015

    by Deborah

    I have a question about amino acids and cold sores. I have had cold sores on my lip since childhood. My research has led me to understand that arginine is an important amino acid in the viruses reproduction and avoiding arginine but taking lysine may help. As a result I have been nervous about using face products with this typically beneficial amino acid. I notice all the amino acid blends featured here incorporate arginine. I have even accidental purchased items with this ingredient and they remain unused because of my concerns. Do you have any recommendations or thoughts on if these products could negatively impact the frequency of cold sores?

  • June 16, 2015

    by PAMELA G

    Completely agree with Marta!! I don't know why it took me so many years to try serums with amino acids.

    Since I started using Brad products in my 60's, my skin just keeps getting healthier and looks great. In the past, my skin was just stubbornly resistant to improvement, even when I used products with great pedigrees, peptides, stem cells, etc. I'd nearly given up hope.

    SO glad to have discovered Brad through TIA. My skin loves amino acids and other great stuff in the 4 Brad products I use . (Brad Sublime Gel-Cream also has amino acids in addition to the retinol.) The Kat Burki product looks really interesting.

    Love TIA website and customer service - you-all are really great! When people ask me what I use on my skin, I always tell them about TIA.


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