Many people are familiar with the benefits of taking glucosamine for joint health. But did you know that applying this supplement to your skin could result in younger, healthier looking skin? Glucosamine is an amino sugar derived from glucose. If we break down the word “glucosomine” we see “glucose” the above mentioned sugar, a vital nutrient since our cells use it for energy and “Amine” indicates the presence of nitrogen. As we get older our body produces less and less of it. There are several complex forms of glucosamine. There is Glucosamine Sulfate and Glucosamine Hydrochloride, both helpful in joint health. There is also N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG). All of these forms are commercially produced from the outer shells of crustaceans.
Recent studies have found that the topical application of this supplement has demonstrable positive effects on the skin. N-acetyl glucosamine in combination with niacinamide, a water-soluble part of the vitamin B group, in particular, was found to be effective in reducing the appearance of dark spots (also known as “age spots”) on the face caused by sun damage and aid in preventing the formation of new age spots. This complex of NAG and niacinamide were more successful than when either supplement was used alone. Along with the improvement in pigment overproduction, skin tone and barrier function were seen to improve. Barrier function is the skin’s ability to construct a barrier to prevent environmental damage. Glucosamine HCL has been proven to help retain moisture and plump the skin.
One of the key components to healthy and vibrant skin cells is hyaluronic acid. It is the cement substance of the tissues which is a crucial ingredient in keeping the skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid also contributes to maintaining the skin’s elasticity. As we age the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin lessens causing wrinkles to form. These glucosamine complexes have also been clinically proven to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid. Both the complex NAG and niacinamide and Glucosamine HCL have exhibited an increase in the secretion of collagen, the main supportive protein of skin. The physical consequence of this improved hydration is a reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face, especially in the delicate skin around the eye. Glucosamine HCL has also aided in the treatment of psoriasis.
So if you are looking for a product to smooth your skin and help you look younger look for skin care lines that have a glucosamine complex as one of their ingredients.