Hyaluronic acid (or sodium hyaluronate) is a key ingredient, widely used in skincare for several reasons, mainly because of its reputation as a powerful and effective skin hydrator. Here we dive into what makes this key active such a powerful skin booster.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Sodium Hyaluronate is a naturally occurring molecule found in the dermis layer of the skin. It acts by filling the space between connective tissue, fibres, collagen and elastin. It is an important molecule in maintaining skin flexibility.
As we age the concentration of hyaluronic acid decreases and supplementing it in products is very beneficial to maintaining healthy skin. This key molecule in skin also acts as a skin hydrator, holding onto moisture, providing cushioning to the skin, aiding tissue repair, and creating a protective barrier. Sodium Hyaluronate restores hydration and keeps the skin enriched and nourished.
Some people may be uncomfortable with the word ‘acid’. However, we use hyaluronic acid which is a very gentle acid, with a pH between 5.0 and 8.0, so does not compromise the skin’s natural pH of between 4.5 and 6.2.
There are varying weights of hyaluronic acid used in skincare. The one we use is of a medium molecular weight which we feel is the best in order to penetrate the dermis layer of the skin and provide optimum levels of hydration.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid
ANTI-AGEING: Recent studies have found that applying hyaluronic acid can reduce wrinkle depth by up to 40% and improve the skin’s firmness by up to 55%.
HYDRATION: Hyaluronic acid is known for its exceptional ability to attract and retain water molecules. All skin types can become dehydrated, in the summer because of increased sun exposure and hot weather, and in the winter with drying winds, colder conditions central heating, making the skin more prone to dryness. Hyaluronic acid helps to replenish and lock in the skin moisture throughout, keeping skin hydrated and plump all year round.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Many hyaluronic acid - based products, i.e. serums and lightweight moisturisers, have a thin and easily absorbable texture. This makes them perfect for the warmer months when heavy creams can feel uncomfortable and pore-clogging and also in the winter as an extra layer of hydration under your moisturiser.
NON-GREASY: Hyaluronic acid products are usually non-greasy and comedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores or make your skin feel oily, which is especially beneficial for oily/combination skin types when excess oil production can lead to breakouts and congestion.
ENHANCES ABSORPTION OF OTHER PRODUCTS: Using hyaluronic acid before applying other skincare products, such as sunscreen or serums, can actually enhance their absorption. This means that the benefits of your entire skincare routine can be amplified when a topical hyaluronic acid alone is incorporated.
SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Hyaluronic acid is suitable for a wide range of skin types, from oily to dry. It can provide much-needed moisture without causing excess oiliness, making it a versatile choice for diverse skin needs.
How to use it
Incorporating hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine can help keep your skin balanced, hydrated, and glowing. You can either apply hyaluronic acid topically onto the skin, or take it internally as a supplement.
Choosing the right hyaluronic acid product
Selecting the ideal hyaluronic acid product is crucial for maximising its benefits. With various formulations available, understanding your skin's specific needs can help you make the most of this powerful ingredient.
From serums to moisturisers, finding the right product will ensure that hyaluronic acid becomes an essential part of your skin health and skincare routine.
Where can you find it?
All of our peptide serums are formulated with Hyaluronic Acid. You can also find it in Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser, Antioxidant Peptide Mist, Ceramide Moisture Boost Essence, T.S.L. Tighten, Sculpt & Lift Neck Elixir, Kale Anti-Ageing Hand Cream, Kale Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, Kale 3D Cleanse, Skin Protecting Daily Moisturiser SPF25, Illuminating Face Shimmer and all our body creams.
In conclusion, hyaluronic acid stands out as a powerhouse in skincare, offering a myriad of benefits for all skin types. Its natural occurrence in the dermis layer makes it an essential molecule for maintaining skin flexibility and skin hydration. As we age, supplementing it through products becomes crucial for healthy, nourished skin.
Incorporating hyaluronic acid into your daily regimen is a proactive step towards maintaining youthful, healthy skin. Embrace the skin benefits of this powerful ingredient and let your skin glow with vitality and resilience.