GABA (gamma amino butyric acid)

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GABA, or gamma amino butyric acid, is a muscle-relaxant that's most often found in over-the-counter anti-anxiety supplements and pills. The philosophy behind the use of GABA as an anti wrinkle skin care product is similar to that of Argireline or BOTOX® injections - that it will help to relax the muscles in the face that cause some wrinkles.

What is GABA?

Gama-aminobutyric acid, commonly called GABA, is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in your central nervous system. In order for the brain to function properly, GABA must be present. The body manufactures its own supply by combining glucose with the amino acid glutamine. GABA seems to work as a natural calming agent in the brain and body.

Researchers theorize that GABA naturally stimulates the anterior pituitary gland to secrete higher levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Because HGH is far too complex and delicate a molecule to deliver through oral supplements, some people believe that GABA supplementation will help them increase their HGH levels.

But what does this have to do with wrinkles? Read on to find out.

What does GABA do?

GABA aids in wrinkle reduction and removal by relaxing those muscles of the face that remain tense, creating certain types of wrinkles. It is applied topically to those parts of the face where wrinkles are present.

Is GABA an effective anti wrinkle ingredient?

The jury's still out on GABA's effectiveness. There's a big hole in the logic used in many anti wrinkle skin care products, and that is this: that things that make good and effective oral supplements (such as antioxidants) also work well when applied topically. In fact, GABA and other compounds must be tested topically to insure that they work as intended.

In addition, there's no good way to target the effects of GABA on or under the skin.

We recommend sticking to anti wrinkle products whose ingredients have been proven to have a positive effect on wrinkles.

Anti wrinkle products that contain GABA

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