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The benefits of gaba in skin care

GABA is often found in some health products or functional indicated foods. It has the effect of relieving stress, reducing fatigue and improving blood pressure. In addition to this, GABA also appears in many snacks, such as chocolate, cookies, yogurt, etc.. Today we talk about its benefits for the skin.

How are wrinkles formed?

The formation of wrinkles, originating from the aging of the skin, is a complex process of synergistic action of both endogenous and exogenous factors. Endogenous factors are mainly soft tissue maturation, muscle hyperfunction, which is a natural law, and exogenous factors, i.e., sun damage, from ultraviolet rays.


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The efficacy of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in skin care is mainly reflected in the following aspects:

GABA has the function of repairing the skin barrier. Long-term use of creams containing GABA can increase skin moisture content and reduce skin water loss. Some experiments have proved that after 12 weeks of using GABA-containing creams, volunteers’ skin water content increased by 38% and water loss decreased by 26%. This suggests that GABA strengthens or repairs the skin barrier, resulting in more hydrated and healthier skin.

♦GABA can soothe wrinkles. By inhibiting the agonism of nerve cells, GABA is able to weaken the ability of nerve cells to contract muscle cells, which relaxes the wrinkled muscles that are otherwise overly tense, thus achieving the effect of soothing wrinkles. This effect is particularly applicable to dynamic lines such as expression lines, which can significantly reduce fine lines and fade wrinkles in a short period of time.

GABA helps to keep the skin youthful. When there is a lack of GABA in the body, it is easy to produce negative emotions such as anxiety and restlessness, and the skin will become gray and lose elasticity, and wrinkles will appear over time. The use of GABA-containing cosmetics can effectively replenish the missing GABA, relaxing wrinkled muscles, repairing the epidermis, promoting the synthesis of HA and collagen in the dermis, and rejuvenating the skin.

EG:For example, some skincare brands such as Beret and Truface have launched products containing GABA. Berrett’s Stretch Repair Cream incorporates GABA, which is designed to relax nerves and block muscle pulls on the skin, thereby immediately reducing fine wrinkles and lines caused by stress. Truface’s products utilize GABA’s nerve-activity inhibiting properties to relax the skin, causing it to lose its “memory” and temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

All of these products capitalize on the unique benefits of GABA in skin care to help consumers improve their skin condition and restore youthful radiance.

Apart from its role in skin care, what else does it do?

1. Mood relief

Studies have found that GABA concentrations in the cerebral cortex of patients with affective disorders, plasma and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with depression and alcoholic depression have been reduced; in animal experiments, GABA can play an anxiolytic role by regulating the nitric oxide content in the frontal cortex of anxious rats.


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2. Improvement of Sleep

GABA has long been recognized as being related to sleep. Numerous animal and human experiments have confirmed the important role of GABA in improving subjects’ sleep. Existing studies have demonstrated that γ-aminobutyric acid can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and prolong the slow-wave sleep stage II and the rapid eye movement sleep stage.

3.Regulation of blood pressure

GABA, as an important inhibitory transmitter in the brain, has an important role in regulating cardiovascular activity in mammals. In a large number of animal experiments, GABA can reduce blood pressure and make bradycardia effect, GABA can effectively promote vasodilatation, increase blood flow, increase the supply of oxygen, promote metabolism, thus reducing blood pressure.

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