Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most googled skincare ingredients of 2020 /2021 but are you as in the dark as most about what it actually is and how it benefits us? Read on to find out about the myths and facts around Hyaluronic Acid and how best to incorporate it into your skincare routine.
Hyaluronic Acid: What exactly is it?
Why do we need it and how does it benefit our skin?
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
To answer this lets start with water. Water is your skins best friend, when you have good levels of water in the skin, your skin appears supple, plump and youthful. There is water in every cell, held by fats in the cell membrane. When water isn’t held within the cells in the skin, the skin becomes dry and flaky. Also there is a lot of water in the space between skin cells particularly in the dermis, which is actually 90% water. This serves to plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic Acid is a water loving substance that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. The body makes Hyaluronic Acid Naturally and it is found in most skin cells in the body, with the highest concentration of 50% being found in the skin. However as we age we make less Hyaluronic Acid, this can result in signs of ageing including lines and wrinkles. In short Hyaluronic Acid helps skin cells hold water. Supplementing levels of Hyaluronic Acid as we age is crucial to keep skin plumped, hydrated and more youthful.
There are several ways we can increase levels of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin.
1. Food Supplements
Advanced Nutrition Programme Moisture Lock Supplements feed every layer of the skin with Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides. A pilot study conducted by iiaa (international Institute for Anti Ageing) skin health research team showed that individuals experienced a 64% increase in hydration and 28% improvement in wrinkle depth after just 12 weeks of taking Skin Moisture Lock.
2. Skin Care Products
Environs Focus Care Intensive Hydrating Serum contains high concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid which helps improve the appearance of dehydrated skin, leaving the skin visibly plumped and smoother. Recommended for dry, dehydrated skin and skin showing the first signs of ageing.
Antidote Hyaluronic Acid serum by Decléor is a 97% natural origin product. It strengthens the skin barrier and protects it from daily aggressors such as pollution. This patented formula combines a powerful blend of peppermint, sandalwood, and patchouli Essential Oils and natural origin Hyaluronic Acid. Antidote Serum is suitable for all skin types including dry skin, uneven skin, oily skin and sensitive skin.
3. Professional Treatments
The Environ Moisture Boost Hyaluronic Acid Facial uses the highest grade Hyaluronic Acid along with cutting edge technology to help reduce the appearance of fine lines caused by dehydration. This facial increases the plumpness of the deeper layers of the skin, leaves skin super hydrated, plumped, radiant and glowing. Suitable for all skin types, ideal for dry, dehydrated, dull, ageing skin.
Best Selling Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation newly launched at Opal Rooms Beauty Spa is a Hyaluronic Acid treatment serum with makeup pigment that provides sheer to medium coverage. This makeup serum uses cutting edge technology and serves to plump, hydrate and help calm the skin. This skincare makeup is chemical free and works to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimises pores and even out skin tone. Other skin loving ingredients in this product include Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C, Willow Bark Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice and White tea leaf extract.