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Beauty / Our Products | 22.08.2019

Why Hyaluronic Acid is your skins new best friend

 

If your skin goals include plumpness and hydration, then including hyaluronic acid (HA) in your routine is one of the best transformative additions that will take your skin from lacklustre to glow factor.

While applying an acid to your skin sounds counter intuitive, hyaluronic acid or HA is quite the opposite. Unlike other sorts of acids that slough off dead skin and may leave your skin red and raw, hyaluronic acid plumps the skin by restoring the natural moisture barrier. 

Hyaluronic acid (HA) AT A GLANCE

how hyaluronic acid works

Hyaluronic acids' age defying super powers are due to its water loving properties. It’s akin to giving thirsty, dry and flaky skin a large, hydrating drink keeping it smooth, plump and hydrated. An added bonus, replenishing lost HA stores - topically and internally – can diminish fine lines and wrinkles. 

Hyaluronic acid is an abundant and naturally occurring, water attracting sugar molecule found in our connective tissue throughout our bodies and is produced by fibroblasts and keratinocytes found in our skin, eyes, hair and even our nerves. As well as assisting skin health another one of its primary processes is to lubricate our joints. 

Hyaluronic acid is the main glycosaminoglycan (GAG) found in the skin. Its gel like structure stores water in the extracellular matrix of the connective tissue and due to its water binding capacity, it significantly contributes to skin elasticity by acting like a reservoir or big wet sponge that draws moisture (humectant) from the surrounding environment. 

One of the amazing and transformative attributes of hyaluronic acid as a skincare ingredient is its ability to hold up to a thousand times its weight in moisture further enhancing hydration and suppleness. It also safeguards the skin matrix by keeping it stable and renewed due to its involvement in tissue repair. Studies have shown that it improves the production of collagen, maintains elasticity, fights free radical damage and aids wound healing. 

When our skin is excessively exposed to UVB rays via the process of ageing, the cells in the dermis become inflamed and weak producing less hyaluronic acid which increases the rate of its degradation. On average, our bodies contain around 15 grams of hyaluronic acid, five grams of which is synthesised and degraded daily. In normal skin, hyaluronic acid exists as a polymer of medium molecular weight.

The quantity and quantity of hyaluronic acid over time can lead to less water content in our connective tissue resulting in loss of elasticity which then manifests as visible signs of ageing - fine lines, dullness, wrinkles and sagging making it a must have addition to any skincare routine.

what's the difference between hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate?

You may have heard these two ingredients used interchangeably and while they are related, their molecular structure is different.

Sodium hyaluronate is a salt of hyaluronic acid and has a higher molecular weight making it a less expensive and less effective alternative whereas vegan hyaluronic acid found in our new Hyaluronic Marine Serum is produced by the fermentation of Bacillus subtilisis. Due to its very low molecular weight its skin benefits are amplified. It can easily cross the skin barrier, offering instant hydration.

The smaller the hyaluronic molecule, the farther the reach to the deeper dermal layers and the more visible and enhanced the results.

 

How to add Hyaluronic Acid to your skin care routine

To replenish your hyaluronic acid supply and maintain smoother and more hydrated skin, you can apply hyaluronic acid topically as well as ingest it and inject it under the surface of the skin.

The benefits of hyaluronic acid are multifaceted as it’s a calming and gentle ingredient for practically all skin types even the most sensitive skin that is prone to redness and breakouts. And because our Hyaluronic Marine Serum is such a low molecular weight you only need the smallest amount to see and feel the results (the size of a match head). It really is a case of a little going a long way. 

As with all serums it is best to apply them first in a layering effect followed by your moisturiser and eye product. In general, it’s best to apply skincare products in order of consistency starting with the more liquid products and ending your layering routine with the thicker and heavier products (moisturisers and creams).

What about Oral Supplementation of Hyaluronic acid?

As we age, our hyaluronic acid content decreases dramatically, and by our 50’s and 60’s we have around half the amount that we had in our youth. By 70 years of age, it lessens again making supplementation and topical application even more important especially keeping in mind the cumulative effect that sun-damage has on skin ageing.

An additional bonus is that supplementation with hyaluronic acid can go even further than skin deep and lubricate your joints as well. Recent research has shown that amounts of 120-150mg per day (found in our Bioactive Collagen Booster) can influence hydration of the skin surface aiding the transportation of nutrients, improving elasticity, plumping and smoothing out the skin. 

So, if injectables aren’t your jam, we have you covered with our recently released Bioactive Collagen Booster and now our Hyaluronic Marine Serum for additional topical fortification. 

Leave a comment as to why you would like to add our new hyaluronic marine super serum to your beauty routine and to be in the running to win a free serum. a big Congratulations to MICHELLE step the winner of last months blog post.

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