ALA, or Alpha Lipoic Acid, is a powerful and deeply penetrating antioxidant that is found in our bodies, in our food, and in our very favorite skincare!
Unlike other antioxidants, ALA can be absorbed throughout all parts of the body, making them one of our bodies’ biggest defenders against harmful free radicals. Penetrating deeper than other antioxidants, ALA can even absorb into the cellular level of our skin, ensuring better cellular turnover and better skin. This superstar ingredient even has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation and puffiness in the skin, making it the perfect addition to your winter routine!
So, now that you love it, how do you get it? The good news is that ALA is readily available to us through foods and skincare; we just need to know where to look!
Making sure that you are getting proper vitamins and nutrients from your foods is the first step to achieving clear, healthy, and naturally youthful skin. So, with winter quickly approaching, you’ll want to be sure you’re eating the right foods all season long to combat the damaging, drying effects of the coming cold months.
Adding more plant foods to your winter diet is a great way to get an extra source of ALA. Try spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, tomatoes, and beets.
Starchy foods like yams and potatoes are also great sources of ALA and are perfect for warm winter stews.
A great oil for extra ALA is rice bran oil. The outer layer of rice is made into an oil that carries extra antioxidants.
Meats like liver, heart, kidney have extra ALA, with liver being the highest of those.
While supplementing your regimen with antioxidant-packed foods is a great practice in winter, it can be difficult to get plenty of ALA from diet alone. Thankfully, antiaging skincare brings extra ALA to our skin in much higher doses. ALA-infused products have a huge impact on the look and feel of your skin and this impressive antioxidant is the star of the ingredient list. Alpha Lipoic Acid slows down collagen depletion, which, in turn, slows aging and helps to reverse the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and enlarged pores. Its anti-inflammatory properties will heal any winter time redness and irritations, while its exfoliating abilities will help improve skin texture, tone, and dullness.
In the winter months or for those with more mature skin, we recommend following up your antiaging serum up with a super hydrating oil like one of our “PP” oils. Our #1 best seller and original all-in-one product, Prickly Pear Oil, and our newly released fan favorite, Pure Plum, help lock in the moisture and benefits of ALA and assist it in penetrating your skin more deeply for even better results!
Now that’s what we would call a superstar duo!
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