Hyaluronic Acid 💦

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Hyaluronic Acid is the second most researched product! Hyaluronic Acid is one of the main contents of the dermis’ glycosaminoglycans, which are responsible for retaining water, forming a sort of gel substance which ions, hormones, and nutrients can freely move 🏠 . Hyaluronic Acid, is believed to be as precious as gold. Helping to attract water and keep fibrous proteins such as collagen and elastin, supple and flexible. While everything in our skin starts to deteriorate by the ripe age of 25 (Sorry 😭), Hyaluronic Acid has the power to restore tissue under repair and growth, which makes is one of the most important anti-ageing ingredients✨

Hyaluronic Acid are most popular 💁🏼‍♀️ serums forms, as it has to be present in a lower molecular form to be able to penetrate the skin deeply. Just like Vitamin C, HA has numerous benefits and can be used by all skin types 🙌🏼. This ingredient needs to be in the right formulation to act as a humectant and to attract 400 times its own weight in water, and we guess that this is why it is an ingredient that people are so interested in 👩🏻‍💻. In fact, to be as potent as we described it above, it has to be formulated in a certain way to benefit the skin💕!

What’s behind the hype?

HA: Hyaluronic Acid is one of the main contents of the dermis’ glycosaminoglycans, which are the ones retaining water. HA declines with age! The epidermis loses the principle molecule responsible for binding and retaining water molecules, resulting in loss of skin moisture. 

  • Hyaluronic acid has a high molecular weight and is very hydrophilic. It functions as a ‘molecular sponge’ allowing extensive hydration. 

  • It also functions as a transdermal delivery system for other activities (like Uber). 

  • It is a “giving humectant” meaning that it attracts water, but also forms a film. 

Benefits

  • It provides volume and is vital to maintaining the health of collagen and elastin.

  • Makes the skin more plump, firm and gives a youthful glow. 

  • Gives the skin a gulp of water, and increases overall hydration. 

  • Reduces the signs of ageing, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

  • Aids the skin’s natural barrier functions, allowing the skin to better defend itself against free radical damage. 

Is HA ‘anti-ageing’?

Combining your Hyaluronic Acid with Niacinamide (B3) can fight ageing of the skin, especially pigmentation. “Together, they offer a reduction in the formation of melanin in the epidermis and an increase in the supporting connective tissue of the dermis”. (Cosmetic Chemisty, Florence Barret-Hill CIDESCO dip 2006).

How HA can benefit your Skin Mood?

Oily / Combo Skin: For oily and combination skin, HA helps to maintain the overall barrier function, but also maintains a healthy pH. A Hyaluronic Acid serum is also a great alternative to creams in the hot summer months!

Compromised Barrier Function / Sensitive Skin: Hyaluronic Acid is also an amazing ingredient for more sensitive skin as it is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient and helps with lipid peroxidation. 

Dry Skin & Dehydrated Skin :  It also helps to hydrate the “Natural Moisturising Factor”, the water retaining mechanism found in epidermis. The NMF is vital for reducing tightness, cracking, flaking and scaling. Don’t forget that oil and water work in synergy; if one is missing the other one will be impacted. 

Acne-Prone Skin: Due to its anti-inflammatory benefits, HA is suitable for acne-prone skin. It is also a super helpful ingredient for restoring the skin and diminishing the appearance of acne-scars. It is a great ingredient to use simultaneously with purifying products.

In fact, its positive influence on the skin’s surface is due in part to its natural calming benefit, which means it is also suitable for breakout-prone skin. 

ATTENTION

  • Look for HA that has a formulation with “low molecular weight”; otherwise the HA will not be able to penetrate the skin deeply enough to do its job

  • Keep an eye on the ingredients lists, specifically alcohol(s), active botanical ingredients and fragrances. They may contraindicate (cancel out) the benefits of HA. 

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