Every now and then a new skincare ingredient pops up on our Instagram and Pinterest feeds with a promise to counter a skin-related concern we've been struggling with for a long time. And we at BeBe love researching new ingredients so that we can give you all the dope and help you stash your skincare repositories with the best of the best. Recently, we stumbled upon an ingredient called glutathione, and we were intrigued. A daunting name, isn't it? Here's what we learned about it.
What is glutathione?
Glutathione is made from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid and is produced by the liver. A lot of factors like ageing, stress, toxin exposure, and free radical damage can deplete the levels of glutathione in the body, which is why you need a boost of this agent every now and then. Antioxidant-laden glutathione has the potential to endow your skin with a luminous glow by treating acne, pigmentation, blemishes, and other skin-related disorders, and work toward blocking tyrosinase activity as well as the formulation of eumelanin (responsible for the formation of dark spots on the skin) for clearer, lighter, radiant skin.
It also reduces oxidative stress (an imbalance in the production of free radicals and the body's ability to fight them off) in the body to improve your overall complexion.
How to reap the benefits of glutathione
The best way to unlock the benefits of glutathione for the skin is through an injection administered by a professional. Even pills and creams containing glutathione exist, but you must consult a doctor before you start. Alternatively, you can incorporate sulfur-rich foods, vitamin C-containing foods, spinach, avocados, asparagus, and avocados into your diet to maintain the level of glutathione in your body.