Vitamins C and E may be highly regarded antioxidants that neutralise free radicals, but glutathione is considered the mother of all antioxidants because it protects cells against free radicals and boosts our immune system. But on top of that, do you know that glutathione could improve your complexion and may have skin-whitening benefits on your skin?
Dr Angela Hwee from The DRx Clinic shares more with us.
WHY IS GLUTATHIONE BETTER THAN VITAMINS C AND E AS WELL AS MINERALS LIKE SELENIUM WHEN IT COMES TO IMPROVING THE SKIN?
Glutathione is the most prevalent and powerful antioxidant in our cells. It is needed for other antioxidants to work. Therefore without it, the rest will not be useful.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO TAKING GLUTATHIONE OUT OF SO MANY OTHER BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET?
Besides improving the skin, Glutathione also helps in other areas as well because it fights against oxidative stress that is known to be involved in degenerative processes that lead to age-related diseases such as arteriosclerosis. It also supports our immune system, making us less susceptible to infection.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF GLUTATHIONE SUPPLEMENT?
As glutathione is destroyed by enzymes in our digestive tract, the way it is formulated to be absorbed by the human body is extremely important. It needs to bypass the digestive tract for effective absorption. Therefore one should choose glutathione that is formulated to be absorbed through other means such as through the blood vessels under our tongue so as to avoid being metabolized and inactivated by the
IS IT SAFE TO USE SKIN WHITENING BEAUTY PRODUCTS ALONG WITH THE GLUTATHIONE SUPPLEMENTS?
Yes it is safe to continue with one’s existing skin whitening products. As Glutathione blocks melanin production and is not a sunblock, one must still continue to practise good UV protection habits such as applying sunscreen and/or wear UV protection clothing.
WHICH IS BETTER: SUBLINGUAL TABLETS OR SLOW-MELT/TIME-RELEASED GLUTATHIONE TABLETS? WHY?
Sublingual as this method avoids the digestive tract.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT TO EXPERIENCE SKIN LIGHTENING IF I TAKE GLUTATHIONE SUPPLEMENTS?
I usually advise my patients to take it daily for at least 2 months. However, I have seen some patients improve as fast as 2-4 weeks.
ONCE I ACHIEVED THE SKIN TONE I WANT, IS IT ADVISABLE TO STOP TAKING GLUTATHIONE SUPPLEMENTS? WHY?
If glutathione supplement is stopped, the skin tone will gradually revert back to before. Therefore, as long as one wishes to maintain the skin tone, one should continue.
About Dr Angela:
Dr Angela Hwee graduated from the National University of Singapore with a bachelor degree in Medicine. She spent several years training in various surgical departments and later worked as a health screening physician, before her interest in antiageing and skin rejuvenation brought her into the field of aesthetic medicine.
To keep up with the ever advancing field of aesthetic medicine, Dr Hwee regularly attends courses and workshops to ensure she provides the most up to date treatments for her patients.
Dr Hwee firmly believes that the key to helping skin achieve its optimal condition and look its best lies in choosing the right products and using them properly in one’s regular beauty regime. This will also increase the effectiveness of treatment procedures.
It is her philosophy that a good complexion reflects inner health and is a marker of true beauty. She strongly believes that acne and hyperpigmentation are serious issues that need to be resolved to restore one’s self-confidence. Another interest of hers is Facial Rejuvenation as more cutting edge technology emerges to restore one’s youthful contours through minimally invasive methods.
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