Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a substance found naturally in our bodies. It is one of the most powerful anti-ageing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatories available. Alpha Lipoic Acid is found inside every cell inside us, as it is needed by the body to produce energy for our normal bodily functions, but as we age it becomes depleted.
The Universal Antioxidant
Alpha Lipoic Acid is both fat and water soluble, and is known as the “Universal Antioxidant” and is broad spectrum.
It appears to recycle antioxidants such as Vitamin C & E and Glutathione after they have been used up. Ideal for use as an oral supplement and a very effective topical skin ingredient.
Alpha Lipoic Acid boosts the skin’s health in many ways, it is not only a potent antioxidant, but offers benefits in skin health through preventing Glycation (Free Radical damage caused by sugar’s toxic effects), causing “Cross Linking” – leading to wrinkles and stiffness of an ageing skin. Alpha Lipoic Acid also protects your DNA – your cells genetic blueprint, this will help with a healthy cell replication mechanism.
Topical Application of Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid topically applied to the skin is easily absorbed as it is both water & fat soluble, it can penetrate quickly through the lipid layers of the skin and works equally well as a free radical fighter in both the cell plasma membrane and the watery interior of the cell. It also has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and can reduce skin redness and puffiness. Alpha Lipoic Acid has the ability to regulate the production of Nitric Oxide which in turn controls the blood flow to the skin, giving it a glowing, radiant appearance.
Alpha Lipoic Acid can help prevent ageing at its source and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, puffiness and skin imperfections, and has a calming effect on inflammation and redness – ideal for Rosacea.
You will find Alpha Lipoic Acid in O2 Intraceuticals Clarity Products, also Dr. Nicholas Perricone does some excellent products containing Alpha Lipoic Acid, as recommended in his book “The Wrinkle Cure” (definitely worth reading!).
As a supplement for your skin, I recommend the Viridian Alpha Lipoic DMAE Complex – find this in our Skincare Shop. You will get extra skin firming benefits from the DMAE, and it is also helpful in the maintenance of brain health.