Here’s Why You Need to Add Amino Acids to Your Skin Care Regimen

Now that you’re hip to the benefits of ferulic acid, ceramides and electrolytes, we thought we’d clue you in on one of the It ingredients of 2020. You’ve probably heard of amino acids already, especially if you’re a nutrition nut. But the essential building blocks of our bodies are just as good for us on the outside as inside.

Amino acids help build proteins, but when it comes to our skin, they’re real multitaskers. They hydrate complexions, promote cell repair and even offer antioxidant protection. Plus, they can help reduce inflammation and control the impact environmental stress has on our skin. Moreover, amino acids work well with others, most notably ceramides (see above) and peptides, making them a vital part of the skin care spectrum.

Here are the best amino acid products to splurge on to rescue your winter-ravaged skin.

The Ordinary

Amino Acids + B5, $6.80 at The Ordinary

Proof you don’t have to pay beaucoup bucks to treat your skin to amino acids. The Ordinary’s potent formula boasts 17 percent amino acids and amino acid derivatives plus 5 percent B5 for enhanced barrier support and elasticity. And it even protects your complexion from irritants.


Super Eye Serum, $85 at Verso

Reduce puffiness and increase collagen production with this amino acid-packed eye serum. It’s super gentle and the airtight container keeps the serum fresh.


GenOptics Aura Essence Serum, $245 at SK-II

This Hollywood-approved brightening serum is made with Pitera, a bio-ingredient rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and more. Its lightweight, milky formula absorbs quickly and smooths skin while preventing dark spots and discoloration.


Soy Face Cleanser, $38 at Sephora

Thanks to its amino acid-rich soy proteins, Fresh’s cleanser helps your skin maintain elasticity and suppleness. Add in calming rosewater and soothing cucumber extract and you’ve got one refreshing makeup remover.

Paula’s Choice

Peptide Booster, $52 at Paula’s Choice

You can add this booster to your favorite serum or moisturizer to supercharge your anti-aging routine. With its concentrated dose of eight peptides, hydrating amino acids and repairing ingredients, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.


Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment, $38 at Ulta Beauty

Infused with nourishing amino acids, this eye treatment has a silky, soft gel formula that makes it a pleasure to slather on. It hydrates while minimizing wrinkles and fine lines so make sure to use it morning and night.


TNS Recovery Complex, $220 at DermStore

This anti-aging serum relies on amino acids and antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and the signs of aging. It even reduces inflammation and encourages cell growth all while giving your skin that coveted lit-from-within glow.