Hyaluronic Acid: Works & Uses
Hyaluronic Acid: What, When, How?
Hyaluronic acid, what is it? A natural-occurring substance that’s used by your body for everything from wound and skin healing to inflammation. It's one of the most important components of healthy skin and is one of the hottest skin care ingredients in the market right now.
As we age, unfortunately we lose volume in our face, creating a less plump look in our face. This is due to the decrease of hyaluronic acid in the skin. Thankfully hyaluronic acid has made its way from cosmetic clinics into the world of skincare. It is now one of the most popular and most looked for ingredient in everything from daily moisturiser to night serums to face masks.
It may seem a little strange, the thought of applying an acid topically to your face but there is scientific proof and evidence that HA for skin is the real deal. It has been proven to smooth out fine lines, decrease wrinkle appearance and create youthful looking skin.
How does Hyaluronic Acid work?
Hyaluronic acid, when applied topically to the skin works by using its restorative abilities which help to boost skin’s moisture content, soothe and prevent moisture loss. It does this by acting like a sponge, attracting moisture to boost hydration on the surface of skin. The moisture that hyaluronic acid attracts comes from your external environment, so it absorbs moisture from the air around you to leave skin plumped and hydrated.
The Difference between Hyaluronic acid and Sodium Hyaluronate
Sodium hyaluronate is a water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid created by scientists to increase stability and lessen the likelihood of oxidization. The two names (hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate) are used interchangeably in the beauty industry, but they do have their differences.
We choose to use sodium hyaluronate in our products because it is a smaller molecule, which allows it to more easily penetrate the skin. Our proprietary form of sodium hyaluronate is specifically engineered in our labs to have a low molecule weight for maximum bioavailability.
Unfortunately, as there are so many products out there with Hyaluronic Acid, it can be hard to choose the right one.
I recently used Hydrate & Nourish. It is a daily moisturiser which of course contains the famous sodium hyaluronate. This formula has been created with just the right amount combined with other top anti-ageing ingredients which work well to make this must have daily moisturiser. Not only does it have the hottest top ingredients but it also contains SPF 30 of which is absolutely vital to be using on your skin daily. This cream has been designed to protect your skin daily from free radicals, UVA and UVB rays.
As we age, our skin starts to change but where you start to see the first signs are usually around the eyes. The skin around our eyes is the most delicate and sensitive part of our face which is why, especially when removing make up, we must be extra gentle. A soothing eye cream which must be designed again with ingredient sodium hyaluronate to add moisture and stop the early signs of ageing. This ingredient works by soothing out any lines and adding volume, decreasing the appearance of dark circles and loss of volume.