What the heck is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is it? Hyaluronic Acid, or Hyaluronan is a Glycosaminoglycan molecule. Glycosaminoglycans are highly polar and attract water. They are therefore useful to the body as a lubricant or as a shock absorber.[1]

Hyaluronic Acid in skincare falls under the term “Sodium Hyaluronate” 

 

Where does it come from? Humans are born with hyaluronic acid in their skin. It is the soft jelly that grandmothers love to pinch on babies cheeks. The average 70 kg person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body.[2]

Hyaluronic Acid can be sourced from animals or plants such as root vegetables.


Why do we use  it in skincare? Hyaluronic is a powerful ingredient for holding moisture inside the skin and plumping the skin. The molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in H20! Think of a sponge sucking up water and how it expends. Hyaluronic Acid will do the same inside your skin, smoothing and plumping skin. Hyaluronic Acid also helps hold moisture. 

Hyaluronic Acid is commonly used as a cosmetic filler (Juvederm), but is also in skin care formulas. 

 

Can I find it in skincare products? Yes! Our local skin care line Viva Skin Care makes a full range of natural skin care products targeted for aging skin. The product range is gentle,  hydrating and extremely effective. Here are 2 of our suggestions for a dose of Hyaluronic Acid:

 

1) Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum: This serum is a customer favourite. A simple, soft and hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid (sourced from a vegetable similar to a wild yam) This key ingredient acts like a sponge, drawing moisture in, resulting in glowing, plump, hydrated skin. 

Tips: Use 1 single drop of serum on damp skin. This will make for the ideal application surface and pull more moisture into the skin. 

2) Amaze Cream: This gorgeously scented, satin textured moisturizing cream is great for all skin types. Ultra hydrating and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. The amaze cream creates a semi-matte finish on the skin, perfect for makeup application. 

Tips: Pat and press this moisturizer into the skin rather than over massaging to avoid pulling the skin (resulting in sagging skin)

 

Can I find it in foods? Yes! 

Fermented foods such as fresh miso, tempeh, kimchi help with hyaluronic acid production in the entire body.

Leafy greens and root veggies contain hyaluronic acid

Animal sources such as bone broth and chicken with the skin on

Foods rich in Vitamin C such as broccoli, berries and red peppers are beneficial for Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid production

 

How crucial is this ingredient for aging skin?

What's crucial for aging skin is hydration. By using an ingredient like hyaluronic acid, you are increasing the amount of moisture that is actually holding inside your skin. Ever put on a moisturizer and an hour later your skin feel sucked dry? Well, your moisturizer is not doing its job. Skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid are going to increase moisture, hold moisture in the skin and plump and firm the skin (as a result of the "sponge action")

 

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