Looks like you may need to upgrade your browser

We're sorry, we no longer support the web browser that you are using

For the best best experience, please update your browser, or try using a different browser

(We promise it'll be worth it)

Upgrade the to latest version or continue anyway

woman using 5htp cream on her face

5-minute focus on: 5-HTP and skincare

28 Nov 2022

Email
Facebook
Twitter
We all know about the power of retinoids, collagen and so on, when it comes to skincare. But what about 5-HTP, have you heard of that? Because it’s in the same league as the retinoids.

What is 5-HTP?

5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP for short, is an essential amino acid called, tryptophan, which is naturally produced by the body to create serotonin.1 Serotonin is the happy hormone that’s responsible for playing a key part in regulating our mood, among many other things.2

What does 5-HTP do?

Low serotonin levels are said to go hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight gain, as well as other health problems. 5-HTP is seen as a way to help support levels of serotonin.3

How do you take 5-HTP?

5-HTP is mainly taken as a supplement that come from the seeds of an African shrub called Griffonia Simplicifolia. (It’s important to note here that these supplements aren’t the same as L-tryptophan supplements that are also given to people to help increase serotonin levels).4

However, while it’s possible to get tryptophan from food, such as dairy products, meat, chickpeas and chicken, 5-HTP isn’t present in any food. It can only be added to our bodies by taking a supplement.

5-HTP supplement doses vary, depending on what it’s being used for. They can range from 50mg up to 300mg and 5-HTP can be taken at different times again, depending on why it’s being taken.

Why should we put 5-HTP on our skin?

As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity and the rate at which our skin cells repair and renew slows down. 5-HTP may be widely used to help used as a supplement, but recently found in skin care formulations.

Cue: Q&A 5-HTP Face and Neck Cream

It combines Griffonia with caffeine and natural Boisaccharide Gum to help immediately tighten the skin and aid skin suppleness.

How to use it: Put some on your fingertips and gently massage into your skin morning and night.

What it helps with: Mature skin types, skin suppleness and hydration.

Skin types it can be used on: Dry, sensitive, normal or combination skin.

Has this article piqued your interest about HTP-5? Do you want to find out more about it? Check out this post, ‘5-HTP: Benefits, dosage and side effects.’

Shop Natural Beauty 

Last updated: 11 August 2020

Sources
  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-htp-benefits
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/happy-hormone
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-htp-benefits#section8
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-htp-benefits#section7
  5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-htp-benefits#section7