The multitasking molecule promises optimum skin health, intensive hydration and a plumper, dewier complexion. Here’s what you should know about Hyaluronic Acid.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring compound in our bodies. It is one of the main components of the extracellular matrix: a three-dimensional network of extracellular macromolecules, like collagen, enzymes (proteins), and other important proteins, that provide structural and biochemical support of surrounding cells. It is therefore indispensable for cell skeletal structure. It also maintains moisture in our eyes, lubricates the joints, reduces inflammation, helps heal wounds, maintains our cellular moisture and keeps skin looking young and healthy. And it’s been proven in clinical trials to promote the skin’s natural barrier function. Like other substances, we produce less Hyaluronic Acid as we age; people from their late 40’s have half as much HA in their bodies as those in their 20’s.
How does topical HA work?
Topical Hyaluronic Acid has both immediate and long-term effects on the skin. Remarkably, it binds 1,000 times its weight in water, providing an immediate visible effect of lifting, glowing and plumping. Recent studies on the daily use of Hyaluronic Acid moisturizers during three months showed that the depth of perioral and periorbital wrinkles decreased significantly in all groups by about 10-20% and skin tightness increased significantly in all groups by about 13-30%. And in the longer term, applying an optimized formulation of HA strengthens our skin’s natural barrier function, making it more elastic and less prone to aging and wrinkling.
When do you apply HA?
It should be applied immediately after washing your face and before the application of lipid-based moisturizers, which would block the penetration of Hyaluronic Acid serum. One of the great things about our Fractionated Hyaluronic Acid Serum is that it includes small molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, which acts as a penetrating agent into deeper skin layers.