Glutathione (GSH) is getting increasing attention from functional medicine practitioners and skin care enthusiasts alike. But is a glutathione lotion really worth the hype? Let’s take a look.
Why You May Need Some Extra Glutathione
Glutathione is a major factor when it comes to maintaining overall health. Active in every cell of the body, GSH facilitates the chemical reactions inside our cells that let us do everything from break down food to repairing damaged tissue. It also cleans up the free radicals created by cellular activity. Too many free radicals and you get oxidative stress, which occurs as free radicals invade and damage cell proteins and DNA. Low GSH levels and high oxidative stress have been linked to a host of health problems like inflammation, chronic diseases, and issues with aging. They’ve also been linked to skin issues, like dull or dry skin, more frequent acne breakouts, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, age spots, blemishes, sunspots, redness, inflammation, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Normally, our bodies synthesize glutathione by combining amino acids that come from our food. Partially used GSH molecules will also combine with other GSH and amino acid molecules as a form of recycling.
But our overall GSH levels can still be depleted by injury, illness, mental stress or the environmental toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis (formaldehyde, tobacco smoke, heavy metals, flame retardants, etc.). Beyond this, our GSH-generating ability declines as we age, just when we need more of it! This is why many people are adding glutathione supplements to their self-care toolbox.
What to Look for in a Glutathione Supplement
While you can find oral supplements, these are not the most effective delivery method, since our digestive acids break glutathione apart. Some healthcare providers prescribe IV infusions of GHS instead, but we don’t yet know if this is effective in the medium or long term.
For maximum GHS absorption, you need a transdermal formulation that uses glutathione in a small enough molecule to pass through the skin barrier. Specifically, the best formulas use sub-nanotechnology, which enables Glutathione to easily enter into the body where it can do the most good.
Beyond this, the right choice of glutathione lotion comes down to your individual needs.
If you want to experience the skin benefits of GSH – including improvements with acne breakouts, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, age spots, blemishes, sunspots, redness, inflammation, wrinkles, and fine lines – you’ll want to use a specially formulated glutathione for skincare, like Auro Skincare. Auro Skincare products are designed to leverage the power of glutathione to decrease oxidative stress and increase cellular function and regeneration in your skin. This leads to healthy radiant skin with fewer signs of aging and more resistance to damage from sources like UV rays or pollution.
If you’re looking for glutathione supplements to maximize overall health, check out the Auro Glutaryl[Glutaryl product page] supplements. These formulations contain higher concentrations of Glutathione and are intended to boost health and wellness.
DIY Glutathione Lotion? Please Don’t!
Some people purchase glutathione on its own to add to another lotion or cream. But this makes it very difficult to know if the supplement is mixed evenly throughout the product or if your body will be able to use it at all!
To learn more about how glutathione works and how to integrate this miracle molecule into your life, read Glutathione Revolution from Auro founder Dr. Nayan Patel.