Amino Acids 101: A Science Lesson With Serious Skin Benefits

Trying to get to grips with atomic structures and ionic compounds in science wasn't always all that thrilling. Yet poring over the ingredient lists on skincare products is practically a hobby for us beauty editors. We all love hearing about the latest skincare ingredients that deliver big results (and then rushing to the nearest shop to find them). This is the kind of science we get excited about. So for strictly educational purposes, it's our duty to share something that might have had your eyes glazing over in year 11. But trust us—with these serious skin claims, you'll want to know all about it.

We're talking about amino acids. Yes, they're essential throughout the body, but they can also work to benefit your skin. To steer you in the right direction, we spoke with consultant dermatologist Justine Kluk, MBChB, FRCP, to get the full scoop on which acids are the most beneficial.