ASCP Skin Deep

JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2021

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Listen to the ASCP Esty Talk podcast ascpskincare.com/podcasts 33 INGREDIENTS The Master Antioxidant by Ella Cressman THOUGH IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE something from a galaxy far, far away, glutathione is an extremely important endogenous compound that is imperative in our own, personal physiological universe. But glutathione is not a new power compound. In fact, we are born with a healthy supply in nearly every cell of our bodies. Glutathione is involved in many biological processes, including building and repairing tissue, making chemicals and proteins that are essential for the body, fortifying the immune system, and acting as an antioxidant. Generally, antioxidants have a short life-span and are exhausted after combating free radicals. Glutathione (GSH) is different. GSH is converted to glutathione disulfide (GSSG) when it encounters, absorbs, and destroys free radicals. GSSG, the oxidized version, is then converted back to GSH and is restored to full, free-radical fighting capacity. Glutathione is able to not only recharge itself but also resuscitate other spent antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, and it is often referred to as the "master" or "mother" antioxidant for this ability. It is also known for its effect in stopping and reversing the damage caused by free radicals. Glutathione is a superhero (or superheroine) ingredient, although it is not infinitely available. HO OH SH N H H N O O O O

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