How glutathione benefits skin
Glutathione is not just any old antioxidant – this is the “master” antioxidant.
A tripeptide made from glycine, glutamic acid and cystine, glutathione is naturally produced in our bodies, peaking around the age of 20.
It is extremely beneficial, both on the inside and the outside. It’s long been used in the supplement and IV industry, and with the glutathione market predicted to increase to £260 million by 2027 (according to Global Market Insights) now could be the time to bring this ingredient into your salon.
The main purpose of glutathione is to protect the cells of our bodies from toxins, and it’s critical for cell health.
It works by clearing the body of free radicals and toxins. The skin is constantly exposed to oxidative stress, external pollutants and free radicals. This can lead to skin issues including hyperpigmentation, melasma, inflammation, fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity.
The skin concerns glutathione can address:
Not to be confused with skin “lightening”, glutathione is renowned for brightening the skin, creating a glow. It encourages the regeneration of cells, which promotes a healthy-looking complexion and even skin tone. Its antiinflammatory properties also improve minor imperfections such as red spots, rough patches and acne.
Glutathione has anti-melanogenic properties because it inhibits the tyrosinase enzyme, making it an alternative to hydroquinone for reducing sun damage, hyperpigmentation and melasma.
A 2017 study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology showed that glutathione helps to increase skin firmness and elasticity while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps reverse the signs of premature ageing caused by free radical damage.
Currently, the use of glutathione within the beauty industry is limited – but it’s set to explode. Existing treatments are typically through supplements or IV infusions. So, if this is something you already offer your clients, you may be able to introduce glutathione seamlessly.
Glutathione skincare is also a fantastic option for clients looking to improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation. It works well on most skin types and, when combined in a stable formula, pairs well with other antioxidants, exfoliants and hydrators.
The Perfect Peel Superblend is a medium-depth, chemical peel blended with glutathione that is now available to the beauty industry. It brings the skin brightening and anti-ageing properties of glutathione, alongside melanogenesis inhibitors, antioxidants, hydrating agents, calming ingredients and antiinflammatories, combined at low percentages to maximise results while minimising risk and downtime.