Hyaluronic Acid | Your Genie in a Bottle!
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is well known for being hydrophilic, so will draw and hold water to it, with a single molecule being able to hang onto 1000 times its weight in water. Impressive, right?
First off, don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. It is essential for both the quality of your skin structure and its bounce. Hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate has become an increasingly popular ingredient in serums for its superpower humectant and anti-ageing abilities.
What is a ‘humectant’? It is a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture keeping the skin hydrated and plump. In fact, hyaluronic acid can hold 1000x it’s weight in water! Hyaluronic is a moisture magnet superstar! It holds the key to smooth, flawless and hydrated skin! I
Now for the science bit. A single gram of hyaluronic acid has the impressive ability to hold up to six (yes, I said 6) litres of water. Add to that, a super smart ability to regulate that moisture within the cells, so as not to drown them, and you’ve got one genius ingredient!
Impressed yet? Read further for more awesome benefits and facts on hyaluronic acid.
12 Amazing Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
LIPID BARRIER ENHANCEMENT
LESS VISIBLE FINE LINES & WRINKLES
STIMULATES SKIN CELL REGENERATION
TIGHTER SKIN TONE
IMPROVES ELASTIN & COLLAGEN
IMPROVES ABSORPTION OF OTHER SERUMS
Hyaluronic Acid Fact #1
Hyaluronic Acid (which also goes by the names hyaluronan or hyaluronate) is not an acid in the same sense as popular ones like salicylic or glycolic, which exfoliate away dead skin cells.
Hyaluronic Acid Fact #2
Wrinkles come about from the loss of three important components in the skin: collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. If elastin is not bathed in water it becomes dry and brittle.
Hyaluronic acid revitalizes skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and glowingly hydrated to instantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Use SkinSense Hyaluronic Acid Youth Serum twice daily to assist deep hydration.
Hyaluronic Acid Fact #3
Hyaluronic Acid Serum or Moisturiser? They serve entirely different functions. A serum will generally contain smaller molecules to penetrate more deeply whereas a moisteriser will sit on the surface of the skin acting as a comforting blanket of skincare.
Hyaluronic Acid Fact #4
Hyaluronic Acid decreases with age and adults have only 1/20 the hyaluronic acid of a baby. By age 40 the levels of hyaluronic acid drops by up to 50% and cell turnover becomes sluggish leading to dull skin, fine lines and uneven tone and texture!
Include hyaluronic acid serum in your daily skin routine and consume more vitamin c rich foods to help build collagen & elastin.
Hyaluronic Acid Fact #5
Smoking destroys collagen and also up to 40% of the production of fibroblasts which is the collagen-making cells.
Smoking also chokes skin cells by starving them of oxygen and therefore causes premature aging: wrinkles, grey skin, uneven skin tone, lack of flexibility. Be beautiful or smoke, it’s up to you!
Hyaluronic Acid Fact #6
SkinSense Hyaluronic Acid Serum is neither fatty nor occlusive (pore clogging). It turns out that hyaluronic acid also provides an antioxidant defense against environmental assault.
Now that’s what we call a multitasking anti-aging ingredient!
WHERE IN THE BODY IS HYALURONIC FOUND?
Although hyaluronic acid can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it’s greatest concentrations are found in the skin tissue. Almost half the body’s hyaluronic acid is found in the skin’s collagen.
It is found in both the skin’s deep underlying dermal areas as well as the visible epidermal top layers.
Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid. It keeps the skin stay young and healthy.
WHY IS HYALURONIC IMPORTANT?
Both hyaluronic acid and collagen are important because they maintain the skin’s layers and structure.
Collagen firms the skin while hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates the collagen. Hyaluronic acid retains water, keeping the collagen moist and elastic.
With age, the ability of the skin to produce hyaluronic acid decreases. The hyaluronic acid provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water.
HYALURONIC ACID IN SKIN YOUNG VS. OLD
Young people possess plump, smooth, and highly elastic skin because they have high concentrations of hyaluronic acid that maintains healthy skin.
It’s particularly important to skin appearance because about 50 percent of the body’s supply is located in the skin tissues, where the viscous, jelly-like substance helps keep it plump, soft and supple.
Our ability to produce hyaluronic acid declines with age, which can lead to increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
Hyaluronic serum has the amazing ability to deliver vast amounts of moisture to the skin as it’s able to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.
Why? Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it attracts and locks moisture in the skin. What’s more, hyaluronic acid is a “smart nutrient” of sorts as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity, relative to the season and the climate.
If you’re living in a drier climate, then it is advisable to seal in your hyaluronic acid serum with a moisteriser (preferably organic) or oil-serum to avoid a drying effect as it will pull moisture from the skin if there isn’t sufficient moisture in the air. When living in a humid environment, this is normally not an issue.
Hyaluronic acid helps to improve your skins moisture content and thus strengthens your skins barrier. A healthier barrier means plumper, smoother, younger looking skin!
Seal in with your favourite organic oil, serum or moisteriser. Make sure your products contain no syntetic ingredients such as parabens, mineral oils, fillers, colourants or GMO’s.
Yes, Size Does Matter!
Many hyaluronic acid serums on the market today contain molecules that are too large (3,000nm) to pass through the skin where intercellular space is only 15-50nm, and can not be absorbed by or penetrate the skin – it’s like trying to get a basket ball through the eye of a needle.
Recently, due to new manufacturing technology, it is now possible to cut the hyaluronic acid molecules and make them 3-5 times smaller than it was previously possible. This is where Sodium Hyaluronate comes in – a sodium salt of hyaluronic acid – with an array of improved smaller molecular weights enabling full and deep penetration into the sub dermal layers.
The smaller molecular weights deeply penetrate to fully hydrate the dermis, visually plumping out fine line and wrinkles as it does so. It also acts as a wonderful anti-oxidant and aids skin healing, so ideal for any skin suffering from inflammation, sunburn, grazes or any sensitivity. This low molecular form of hyaluronic acid is made by enzymatically cleaving high-molecular weight hyaluronic acid into small fragments. SkinSense Hyaluronic Youth Serum penetrates your skin more than 3 times deeper (17% vs. 5%) than before. Better absorption means you get your money’s worth!
Higher Concentration Claims of Hyaluronic Acid?
There are suppliers that claim higher hyaluronic acid levels in their products, but technically it’s just not possible. Sodium hyaluronate (smaller molecule of hyaluronic acid) typically makes up 1 to 2 percent of a solution, which is primarily comprised of water. Claims of 10%, 75% and even a ludicrous 100% hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate are simply misleading.
In any case, high concentrations would act as a sponge and simply draw out moisture from the skin, thus causing dryness. Any honest and responsible formulator will tell you that it’s not possible to formulate a HA serum at more than 2% sodium hyaluronate.
Did You Know?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in skin that has the stunning capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture.
In fact, hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold 1000x times it’s weight in water. It works overtime by replenishing skin to enhance a healthy look and feel.
Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison with anything else, and at the same time revitalize skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and, especially, radiantly hydrated!
That’s how it instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Our mission is to enhance the health and beauty of your skin so that you feel perpetually beautiful and unshakably confident in your complexion.
Using only the finest, purest ingredients available, our SkinSense Hyaluronic Youth Serum offering is specifically formulated to infuse your skin with anti-ageing, beautifying active ingredients while also nourishing your skin with the moisture and nutrients it needs for optimum condition.