Dimethylethanolamine may be a mouthful to say, but what it does for your cells is worth it. More commonly known in the marketplace as DMAE, it has been used as epoxy resins and in treatment plants, but it is also something found naturally in the human body. This primary alcohol aids in communications among your cells, particularly those that connect from the brain to different muscles in the body.
This natural chemical is most commonly used in brain and nervous system function, as it keeps the mind healthy and active. This ingredient is often used for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and autism. It is also proven to help give you natural energy and make your muscles move, as these cell communicators go to every part of the body and help increase muscle firmness and tone.
However, the effectiveness of DMAE doesn’t end at the brains and muscles. This ingredient has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and can help increase firmness and toning in your very skin. Since it is linked to the muscles throughout your body, it only makes sense that it would also help the muscles just under your skin and give your skin structure.
Studies have shown that it visibly helps fight facial sagging, although research is still being conducted as to how exactly that happens. One theory is that it strengthens the cellular membranes, thus allowing skin to get stronger and tighten up, while others say that DMAE fights the aging process from the inside of cells out. Either way, this ingredient goes beyond wrinkles and helps fight discoloration and brightens your skin tone, which means it should definitely have a place in your anti-aging skincare regimen.
So how do you get more DMAE into your life? Here are four ways to do it.
EAT IT. Fatty fish such as salmon and sardines are often given the label of “brain food,” and with good reason: It’s the only natural food source of DMAE available. However, fish’s large amount of DMAE is not the only benefit for your skin. Oily fish also contain a large amount of Omega-3 fatty acids that help protect your body from the damage of free radicals and toxins. Pair it up with other foods with these fatty acids, such as olive oil or avocado.
TAKE A SUPPLEMENT. If you are allergic to fish or don’t like the taste, you can still get the benefits of DMAE. There are a variety of supplements available with this vital chemical that will help with anti-aging and they aren’t that expensive. These supplements can sometimes be paired with other anti-aging fighters such as different antioxidants, so if you’re not getting DMAE from your diet, check for alternatives.
KEEP ACTIVE. Every part of your body benefits from regular exercise. Maintaining a high level of activity will help you increase the circulation throughout your body, therefore keeping your cells active and communicating with one another. This will help fuel the natural DMAE that’s already present in your system and create even more for that natural lifting and toning. Exercise will also give you a healthy glow and revive your skin with oxygen, so it is the ultimate weapon for anti-aging.
SLATHER IT ON. DMAE works just as well when applied topically to your skin as when you consume it directly. The molecules are small enough to be absorbed through the outer layers of the skin and combine with free radical fighters such as Vitamins A, C and E to give you younger-looking skin. They are available both in pure forms, such as a gel or liquid, or available in a variety of anti-aging skincare lines.
How do you want to get your DMAE? Did you know about all its skin benefits? Sound off in the comments below!