Ingredient: Adenosine

INCI: Adenosine

Sources: Meat and Fish

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What is Adenosine?

Adenosine is a nucleoside that is most commonly associated with the body’s energy-transferring processes. It is a yeast-derived ingredient that functions as an anti-aging agent.

It is present naturally in the body’s adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an essential biological and chemical signaling molecule. When applied topically, adenosine showed significant effectiveness in reducing the visible signs of aging and improving skin smoothness. Adenosine is found in moisturizing skincare products such as creams or serums.

Benefits of Adenosine:

ATP is a molecule responsible for being the leading source of energy for the majority of the body’s cellular and muscular functions. It aids in boosting the levels of proteins in the body such as collagen and elastin that play a crucial role in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Elastin and collagen provide the strength, elasticity and structure to the skin and are degraded by factors such as environmental pollutants, poor diet and sun exposure. The collagen and elastin levels also decrease with age, leading to the loose and saggy appearance of the skin. Adenosine not only increases the levels of collagen and elastin but also fights against the damage caused by UVB rays.

A 2006 study demonstrated the anti-wrinkle effects of adenosine. The study compared the application of creams containing adenosine against a placebo and found that they significantly improved skin smoothness around the eye and mouth areas, demonstrating “the potential beneficial effects of adenosine-containing products on crow’s feet and glabellar facial wrinkles.”

Adenosine has also been shown to improve blood circulation which accelerates the repair of damaged cells and increases the overall cell turnover to nurture youthful and even skin. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that assist in reducing swelling and redness.

Side Effects & Toxicity:

An extremely safe ingredient, adenosine has no known toxicity in general use and is shown to be non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.

Editor’s Note:

In the brain adenosine inhibits the firing of neurons, promotes sleep and suppresses wakefulness. Caffeine can affect the body’s sleep patterns as it increases brain activity and overall alertness.

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