What is it? A precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, DMAE, short for dimethylaminoethanol, is an organic compound found to improve fine lines and wrinkles, dull or sallow skin and most impressively, sagging skin. In fact, DMAE may be the only compound to improve facial sagging.
Research shows it might also "improve facial contour and wrinkles," writes Caroline Helwick in a 2003 article for Dermatology Times. Specifically, a Johnson & Johnson study explored DMAE's efficacy among 156 participants with moderate photodamaged skin. The adults applied 3 percent DMAE gel to their faces for 16 weeks. Subtle improvements were noticed on the forehead. Skin around the eyes, lips and cheeks also appeared tighter. In a Cleveland Clinic article, DMAE is even described as showing "remarkable effects when applied topically to skin, resulting in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles."
Naturally found in human nerve tissue and a variety of fish — think salmon and anchovies — DMAE was introduced to the skincare market in the early 90's.The compound's impact on skincare is a relatively new discovery; as such, scientists have yet to discover the specific ways DMAE works to improve skin.
You'll find it in: DMAE can be found in face and eye creams, serums and cleansers. According to dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, M.D., in order to receive optimum benefits of DMAE and improve muscle tone, individuals shouldn't only apply a DMAE product but also eat lots of fish and take DMAE nutritional supplements. However, before you take any supplements, it's very important to consult with your doctor.
Our product picks: N.V. Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator provides a high concentration of active ingredients, including DMAE, formulated to produce maximum results without shocking or stressing your skin. This serum will tighten and tone, shrink enlarged pores, bind moisture into your skin and smooth skin's texture.
Facial sagging can appear most dominant under and next to the eye area, across the forehead and along the jaw line. To combat wrinkles and sagging in those delicate areas, try Janson Beckett AlphaDerma CE. Ideal for all skin types, this lotion is formulated with a combination of DMAE, elastin, collagen and other effective ingredients to provide instant, visible improvement.
What to expect: You should see an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, along with firmer, less saggy skin. Though you won't see the dramatic results of a surgical facelift, as mentioned above, research does suggest noticeable improvements.
Who should avoid DMAE: DMAE is suitable for all skin types. But if you're allergic to PABA , or para amino benzoic acid, avoid using DMAE topically (and as an oral supplement as well). That's because DMAE is PABA's chemical relative.
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