Naturally produced in our bodies, glutathione is a tripeptide made from glycine, glutamic acid and cystine, and peaks around the age of 20.
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 antioxidant into your salon.
Says Kelly Saynor, an aesthetic nurse prescriber: “This antioxidant is extremely beneficial, both on the inside and the outside, and its main purpose is to protect the cells of our bodies from toxins. As such, it is critical for cell health and has long been used in the supplement and IV industry.
“Glutathione 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.
“Among the skin concerns glutathione can address is overall brightening. 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 anti-inflammatory properties also improve minor imperfections such as red spots, rough patches and acne.”
Saynor notes that glutathione has anti-melanogenic properties because it inhibits the tyrosinase enzyme, making it an alternative to hydroquinone for reducing sun damage, hyperpigmentation and melasma.
She continues: “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.
“Glutathione skincare is 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.”