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Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Silk Amino Acid

Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Silk Amino Acids: This ingredient is not vegan. They are chemically altered from silk and taken from killed silkworms.

They are now widely used in cosmetics, hair care, skin conditioner together with anti-static agent.

Amino Acids for Skin

Amino acids are the building blocks of both peptides and proteins, and each has a specific role in skincare. Amino acids maintain skin’s hydration, texture, resilience, and an overall supple, healthy appearance.

It’s not a stretch to say that amino acids are indispensable, for our skin and elsewhere in our body. That’s why we’ve chosen several amino acids to play a supporting role in many of our skincare products.

What Are Amino Acids?

There are many amino acids, but most scientists agree that there are 20 that are important to our health, divided into two types: essential and non-essential. The “non-essential” term doesn’t mean that those amino acids aren’t important; rather, it means that your body can make them on its own, so it’s not “essential” for you to get them elsewhere, such as from food or supplements.

There are nine kinds of essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and a valine.

They are “essential” meaning there are needed for daily operations of life. A deficiency of any such amino acids will lead to a wide range of health problems.

The best food sources of these amino acids include animal protein (seafood, beef, poultry), followed by animal by-products such as eggs and dairy. Vegan sources of essential amino acids include quinoa and soy/tofu.

Beans and nuts also provide some amino acids, but not all of the essentials.

The 11 non-essential amino acids, which the body can make on its own, include alaninearginineasparagineaspartic acidcysteineglutamic acidglutamineglycineprolineserine, and tyrosine.

Several of these are also known as “conditional” amino acids, meaning they’re made by the body, but only under certain conditions, such as when we’re under stress or illness.

Each amino acid plays a vital role in maintaining our health as well as the appearance of our skin. But, just how do amino acids work on and within the skin?

How Amino Acids Benefit Skin

Amino acids are naturally present in skin, as part of what’s called our natural moisturizing factors (NMFs).

Within the skin’s uppermost layers, amino acids work as conductors, orchestrating an incredibly complex “concert” that allows our skin to thrive and to stay hydrated.

One of the ways they do this is by working in harmony with aquaporins (the body’s water transport system) to move moisture throughout the skin.

Because of this, the primary benefit is that the amino acids help maintain the skin’s smoothness and hydration, something they also do when applied via skincare products.

There also are more surprising benefits of these small, but potent, skincare heroes: Some amino acids work as antioxidants; however, most of them are believed to play an even greater role by helping skin create more of its own antioxidants, such as glutathione.

Topically applied amino acids help strengthen the skin’s natural defense system, making it less likely to show signs of aging from environmental damage.

Interestingly, research has shown that synthetic amino acids often have greater hydrating ability than an animal- or plant-derived amino acids.

Because many amino acids are animal-derived, this is encouraging news if you prefer to avoid such ingredients, as we do.

The Best Amino Acids for Skin

Although all the amino acids mentioned above play a role in creating and maintaining smooth, healthy, younger-looking skin, a few also have more specialized roles, which make them even more desirable to see in skincare products:

  • Arginine plays a role in repairing visible skin damage.
  • Histidine has antioxidant ability and can soothe skin.
  • Methionine neutralizes damaging substances before they can harm the skin.
  • Lysine helps visibly firm skin’s surface by reinforcing its supportive elements.
  • Prolineleucine, and glycine diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Amino Acids Work with Peptides

All amino acids included in the skincare products work in combination with other ingredients that are also part of the skin’s NMFs, including our favorites glycerin, ceramides, various peptides, and hyaluronic acid.

The amino acids work particularly well with peptides—that’s why we include them in our Peptide Booster, a targeted product that significantly increases skin’s hydration as it reduces signs of aging.

Amino acids are great to complement and are beneficial skincare ingredients complementing all other beneficial ingredients from antioxidants, plant extracts to omega fatty acids.

Without question, topically applied amino acids improve all skin types, and can benefit all ages, especially if your goal is to prevent or diminish signs of aging.

The Benefits of Silk’s Natural Amino Acids

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There are many different types of supplements and treatments you can make use of to improve the overall health of your skin and hair.

One of the most effective of these supplemental treatments is the natural amino acids found in silk, which are known as sericin or silk protein.

If you’re wondering what are silk amino acids? The following is a brief explanation of what these amino acids are, and the various uses they have both as a topical and consumable supplement.

Explaining Silk’s Natural Amino Acids

Silk’s amino acids are obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm. The amino acids themselves are the binding agent that is found within the filaments of silk.

The most common way to collect both silk and this amino acid is through boiling. When the cocoon is boiled, the silk and amino acids separate, allowing for each to be collected.

The amino acid itself can then be made into a powder or liquid form that is then added to many types of products you can buy in the store. You can also buy silk protein separately in its powder or liquid forms, and add it to lotions or cosmetics yourself and enjoy its benefits.

Natural Amino Acids Improve Your Hair

When added to hair care products, silk protein has several benefits. It easily bonds with and strengthens hair that has been damaged making it a useful addition to hair strengthening products.

The silk protein bonds with the keratin found in your hair. This bonding creates a protective layer that helps keep moisture from escaping while also adding luster to your hair’s overall appearance.

Because of these properties, silk protein is often found in hairspray.

Natural Amino Acids Help Your Skin

When applied to the skin, the silk protein is readily absorbed. Much like with your hair, the silk protein bonds with the keratin found in your skin.

This makes silk protein especially useful as a skin moisturizer as it helps prevent moisture from escaping.

Aside from its moisture protecting properties, silk protein also adds some protection from ultraviolet rays and helps prevent wrinkles.

Supplement Uses

Not all uses of natural amino acids are topical – many people take a natural amino acid supplement daily. As a supplement, there are two forms that people take. The non-digestible form is called Sericin-L.

When taken, this form of sericin has a positive effect on the digestive tract including the colon. The digestible Sericin-S is often used as a workout supplement. Its effects are reported to increase and improve overall metabolism rates.

While the current lab results are very promising, more long term study and testing are required to come to a consensus on the effectiveness of using sericin supplements.

The health benefits found in silk’s natural amino acids are numerous – and you can benefit from the wonderful properties of silk every night by investing in high-quality mulberry silk bedding and accessories.

Our silk bedding naturally contains proteins built using 18 essential amino acids to enhance your skin’s appearance and help it regenerate as you sleep.

The naturally occurring silk amino acids are wonderful for anyone who has sensitive skin or eczema.

Silk fibers are also similar in structure to your hair, which contains 97% amino acids. This helps reduce damage to your hair as you shift across your silky pillowcase and sheets throughout the night.


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