Amino Acids and Skin: How to Boost Your Glow

My mother always said to me she can spot a vegan a mile away. She claims they lack a "rosy flush and glow" to their skin. At first, I thought this was total poppcock, and mildly offensive.

But when my curiosity for biology and chemistry came into play in coercian with my love for cosmetology... I soon realised she was on to something.

The argument of "but where do you get your protein from?!" in the vegam cosmos is rife. And who can blame a humble carnivore for raising the thought? Meat = protein, as far as dietary history goes.

I won't dispute the fact that plants can be hugely beneficial and abundant with proteins - something in higher percentages that a big old juicy steak. I'm just slide some steak photos here now. You're welcome.

Jokes and drooling aside though, the science lays its cards out clearly with little to no pokerface: you cannot get every essential amino acid you need from plants. Period.

Amino acids play an important role in maintaining your overall health and getting beautiful skin. There are many amino acids, but only 20 are really important for our health and can be divided into 2 types: essential and non-essential amino acids.

They are found mainly in products that contain animal proteins (such as seafood, beef, poultry, dairy products and eggs), and marginally amidst vegetables such as quinoa and soy products - but in signficiantly less quantity and efficacy for absorption.

So when you think about it...

Amino acids = protein

Protein = THAT rosy glow through your body building itself into strength

Whether produced internally or applied topically, amino acids help to strengthen the immune system, maintain the skin’s hydration, resilience and an overall healthy appearance.

To break it down for you Bucci LAITMYLK style, I'm honing in on the five best amino acids specifically tailored to tighten, titillate and transform your complexion. And what products and foods you could start to incorporate into your life so you can be as flushed as a bed of roses.

And let's be honest: who wouldn't want that!

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