Why Your Skincare Routine Needs Natural Hyaluronic Acid For Fighting Signs Of AgingWe’re always on the lookout for the next big anti-aging ingredient; one that will target specific problem areas like fine lines and wrinkles while plumping up our skin and giving us the dewy, radiant skin that dreams are made of. We want it all! Of course gorgeous, youthful, glowing skin starts on the inside, but the products you apply topically play a huge role as well. While we’re constantly drawn in by marketing tactics advertising the new “holy grail” lotion or potion, at the end of the day you need to rely on ingredients that have been around for a while. Ingredients that have been tried and tested and provide visible results. Hyaluronic acid is just one example, and we love it so much that we’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to its awesome benefits! Keep reading to learn more!
What is hyaluronic acid?Did you know that hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your body? Hyaluronic acid (HA), also known an Hyaluronan, is a natural substance found throughout the body’s connective tissues. Think of it as the “glue” that connects cells together to keep the skin firm and taut. It’s the substance that gives your skin structure and plays a primary role in the wound healing process. Unfortunately, its concentrations decline as we age, and this is why it’s so important to add it into your skin care regime from your mid to late twenties so you can age gracefully.
How can it benefit my skin?This is where things get really exciting!! Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its own weight in water! In fact, just one gram of this “magic” substance can hold up to 6 liters of water, yes you did read that right. Now you may not know this, but hydration is key to a youthful complexion… so you can bet we’re hopping around in excitement knowing hyaluronic acid delivers hydration in spades! Hyaluronic acid will hold water in your skin cells and prevent moisture loss through the pores, and this means some incredible benefits for your skin lady!
Here’s why we love it!
- Plump, pillowy-soft skin is something we all lust after - hyaluronic acid can help achieve this. Plump skin looks beautifully radiant and youthful and, of course, fine lines are filled out and far less noticeable.
- You can say goodbye to dry skin - hyaluronic acid is wonderful for all skin types, even oily and sensitive skin!
- Last, but definitely not least, hyaluronic acid has antioxidant properties that shield the skin against aggressors that are out of your control such as air pollution.
Why molecular weight is importantOkay so now for the science-y bit. Bear with us, this is something you need to know! If you aren’t using hyaluronic acid in the correct concentrations, it may do more harm than good. In fact, levels that are too high may actually increase inflammation in the skin and have been linked to inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis! The molecular weight (the size of the HA molecule) and the concentration is very important to ensure optimal results. We won’t go too in-depth, and this may be all Greek to you, but the molecular weight ranges from ultra low; less than 6000 Daltons (6 kDa) to super high; 1.0 - 1.5 million Daltons ( 1000 - 1,500kDa). The ideal concentration is between 80,000 to 1,000,000 daltons (80 - 1000 kDA) and we’re happy to tell you that this is what we use in our skin care. We hope this article has helped to clear some things up! If you want to protect your skin against the signs of aging, help to reverse some damage that has already been done or simply want to give your skin a boost then hyaluronic acid is for you! You can view our products that contain this superstar ingredient below! Also, you can find our simple, DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum Recipe in our DIY Skin Care E-Book.
REPAIR CREAM - A hyaluronic acid and rose water cream that helps fight signs of aging while intensely moisturizing skin. Use as spot treatment around eye and mouth or apply all-over for the ultimate, nourishing night cream.