5 Ingredients to Look for in Your Skincare Products

By Nicolas Perricone, MD, celebrity dermatologist and bestselling author. Click here to read an excerpt from his book, Forever Young, The Science of Nutrigenomics for Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Any Age.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is one of the most powerful anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatories available. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is called “the universal antioxidant” because it is both fat- and water-soluble. This means that ALA is easily absorbed through the lipid layers of the skin and works equally well as a free-radical fighter in the cell plasma membrane and in the watery interiors of the cell.

Further, it is 400 times stronger than vitamins E and C combined (both of which are renowned for their antioxidant properties). 

ALA has great benefit when applied in a topical lotion. When put in an eye lotion, it will greatly decrease under eye circles and puffiness.  ALA will also reduce swelling and puffiness in the face. Its anti-inflammatory effects reduce redness and blotchiness, resulting in an evening out of skin tone, often making foundation unnecessary. ALA will shrink pore size and impart a healthy radiance to the skin. ALA is excellent at decreasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles; its capacity to regulate production of nitric oxide, which controls blood flow to the skin, transforms the complexion from dull, pasty and pale to vibrant and glowing.

Article written by Nicolas Perricone, MD
Celebrity dermatologist and bestselling author.