CREATINE AND SKINCARE?
Skincare is in a CONSTANT state of flux, continuously adapting and evolving with innovative ingredients and formulations. One ingredient I would like to highlight is creatine. Creatine, widely known for its benefits in muscle building and athletic performance, also offers several benefits for the skin.
Commonly known for its popularity in the fitness world, creatine is known for its role in enhancing athletic performance, supporting muscular and brain health. It aids in energy production, thereby improving strength, power, and endurance for those who workout. I also like the added benefit of enhancing cognitive function and support brain health, especially while I’m in school. It ultimately aids in energy production and potentially offering neuroprotective effects.
With all that being said, the scope of creatine’s benefits extends beyond fitness. Recent studies have showed its potential advantages for skin health, particularly in the context of age management. One study highlighted how creatine has the ability to stimulate dermal collagen synthesis. This research uncovered that when applied topically (interesting right?), creatine can penetrate the dermis and significantly reduce facial sagging and wrinkle formation, including crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles. Also, the energizing effects can lead to enhanced collagen production, which is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and structure, especially as the skin ages and collagen synthesis naturally diminishes.
While these findings are promising, they represent only the tip of the iceberg in understanding the full potential of creatine in skincare. Here are six ways how creatine supports skin health...
1. Cell Energy Boost
Creatine helps to increase the energy supply to skin cells. It aids in the synthesis of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the primary energy carrier in cells. This increased energy can help skin cells function more efficiently, promoting healthier skin.
2. Age Management
By boosting cellular energy, creatine can help in skin rejuvenation and may slow down the aging process. It aids in the repair of cellular damage caused by environmental stressors like UV radiation and pollution.
3. Collagen Production
Creatine can stimulate the production of collagen, a vital protein for skin elasticity and firmness. Increased collagen can lead to reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, contributing to more youthful looking skin.
4. Moisture Retention
Creatine can help the skin retain moisture, leading to improved skin hydration. This is crucial for maintaining skin's suppleness and preventing dryness.
5. Protection Against Damage
Creatine provides some degree of protection against environmental and oxidative stress, which can lead to premature aging of the skin.
6. Skin Repair & Regeneration
It can also play a role in the skin's repair process and the regeneration of skin cell's leading to healthier, more resilient skin.
While creatine is beneficial for skin health, it is important to remember that a holistic approach to skincare, involving a balanced diet, proper hydration, sun protection, and appropriate skincare routine, is essential for maintaining healthy skin. As with any supplement or skincare ingredient, it's advisable to consult a professional before starting use.
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This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Licensed Esthetician & RN, Amaju Amoruw and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Amaju, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram - @amareaesthetics