Hydration is a key component if we want our skin to burst with vitality. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a brilliant ingredient for this.
When you have been working in the skin care industry for as long as I have you see many ingredient trends come and go, it is easy to become jaded with all the claims that are made. Let's take a deeper look at hyaluronic acid.
Where is it found and what is it?
hyaluronic acid forms a key component of connective tissue within our bodies. It functions as a tissue lubricant in joints, cartilage, eyes, all your mucus membranes and within the extracellular matrix of the skin.
- in the extracellular matrix of our skin it is synthesized by fibroblasts, fibrocytes and by roving stem cell repair cells, that show up in case damage has occurred
sodium hyaluronate is the water-soluble sodium salt form of hyaluronic acid (HA), these 2 words are often used interchangeably when it comes to skincare packaging.
as we age there is a dramatic decrease in HA within our body, and this includes the loss of HA from the epidermis.
How does it work when applied topically?
HA is a magnet for moisture, it is a brilliant humectant (a substance, used to reduce the loss of moisture)
it can hold more water than any other natural substance, it actually holds an amazing 1000 times its weight in water (1 gram of HA can hold 1 litre of water)
- supports skin integrity. In wounded skin HA is involved in the granulation of tissue formation and re-epitheliasation - this is critical to the healing process - and fabulous if you have experienced any sun damage
- as a moisturiser HA acts differently to lipids and other humectants. Due to its size and molecular weight it is a remarkable short term barrier replacement. And, it works synergistically with other key moisturising ingredients found in our moisturisers.
- it has been shown to improve the elasticity and firmness of skin
- plumps your skin as it attracts the moisture into the top layers of the skin
- improves breakout-prone skin. It is wonderful to re-balance oily/acne prone skin, it is non-comedegenic (does not tend to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin), and helps to keep oily skin hydrated
What sodium hyaluronate is NOT
- it is not a miracle worker, it is not a magic anti-ageing ingredient - it is an ingredient that supports skin hydration and healing.
How to include hyaluronic acid into your skin care?
- choose a toner, a serum or a moisturiser that contains this fabulous little ingredient.
- just with everything in life you should know where your ingredients come from. We choose to use a vegan hyaluronic acid synthesised from a wheat free fermentation process - no animals are involved - just good old fermentation
Organic Nation More than Rose Hydration Mist is boosted with 2% sodium hyaluronate. We recommend using the mist as you would a toner after cleansing then layer your serums and moisturisers over the top.
The brilliance of this hydration mist is that you can keep it with you at your desk, in your gym bag or in the car to give your skin a welcomed spritz anywhere anytime. And, for those who love their makeup this is the ultimate primer for makeup application.
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