Hyaluronic Acid sounds like an exfoliant or even a skin irritant but in reality, it is a vital component to keeping our skin looking young and healthy. Unlike other skin ingredients with acid in their name, like glycolic acid, Hyaluronic Acid Serum does not remove dead skin cells. Instead, it helps replenish a vital naturally occurring element that diminishes in our skin over time.
The loss of our own natural Hyaluronic Acid is one of the things that cause our skin to appear dry or less youthful. Adding it back to the skin not only keeps it moist, it plumps up our skin making it look younger and more radiant. Why? Because Hyaluronic Acid is the substance that fills the spaces between our skin's connective fibers commonly known as collagen and elastin.
At ESS we are often asked why this ingredient is so often used in moisturizers and the answer is simple. Hyaluronic Acid is a moisture magnet. It attracts available water and holds it. It can actually hold 1,000 times its own weight in water. That would be like a 150-pound human holding up 150,000 pounds!
Phew, that is huge!
In addition to being a moisture magnet, the reason it works so well with our skin is that it is what nature intended for our skin to use to remain moist. We are born with it in high quantities which is why babies and young children have such glowing skin.
Hydrating Your Skin is the Key
As we age, Hyaluronic Acid is lost to dehydration, age, and the environment. By adding a Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your skincare routine you are just adding back what nature intended you to have in the first place.
In its natural biological form, Hyaluronic Acid is mostly clear and has a slippery consistency – perfect for lubricating our joints, muscles, and nerves. For our skin, it draws water to it and holds it close to the surface. This not only makes it look more youthful when you apply the serum, it also holds onto moisture so it helps your skin stay hydrated longer throughout the day.
This ability for Hyaluronic Acid to retain moisture helps to strengthen your moisture barrier over time. The longer you use it the better your barrier will get. This barrier makes up part of the outer most portion of your skin. It is the first defense against environmental challenges to your skin's health. Having a damaged moisture barrier is what causes skin to look dry and rough. Hyaluronic Acid helps repair this damage and it helps prevent new damage too so it is a great addition to your skin care regimen no matter your age.
Whether you are 20, 60, or anywhere in between or beyond, it's important to protect your moisture barrier. The more damage it gets the harder it is for your skin to correct issues related to dehydration, hyperpigmentation (brown spots) wrinkles, and acne.
Hyaluronic Acid is the best way to fill in the gaps that cause wrinkles to look their worst and the best way to prevent wrinkles caused by dehydrated and depleted skin. It's what nature uses to keep collagen and elastic healthy and connected so adding HA back to the skin makes perfect sense.
Did you know that 75% of Americans are suffering from chronic dehydration? Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is so important to our overall health and the appearance of our skin. If you want to learn more about ways to stay hydrated you can read about it here.
Of course, even people who are well hydrated still suffer from dry skin and signs of aging like redness, wrinkles, or crepey sagging skin. To combat this we need to replenish our moisture and protect the moisture barrier with Hyaluronic Acid.
Which Hyaluronic Acid to choose?
Combo or Pure?
There are different types of Hyaluronic Acid serums on the market and they serve different purposes. There are pure forms which have HA as the only active ingredient and there are combination products that add other active ingredients into the formula to combat different skin issues. It is not that one is generally better than the other. The issue is what are you trying to target and what result do you want from this specific skin treatment.
The pure version, like Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, is the best way to specifically address hydration and repairing your moisture barrier. Blended products, like Vitamin C serums, almost all have hyaluronic acid in them because that is what helps those products produce results. However, they do not have the full professional strength of a Pure HA Serum so you do not get the full hydrating effect. If you are using other serums like anti-oxidants they are amazing and should be used in addition to HA to target those specific results you want.
What Type is Best?
When choosing a Pure Hyaluronic Acid be sure to choose one that contains the form Sodium Hyaluronate. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid. It is water-soluble and has a much lower molecular weight which is what allows it to penetrate the skin which allows actual bioavialbility. The larger molecule of HA cannot penetrate the skin and will not provide the benefits in the same way Sodium Hyaluronate will.
Why Does Vegan Matter?
Whether you are Vegan or not there is really no reason to use the animal form of Hyaluronic Acid. The Animal form first and foremost cannot be cruelty free because it literally comes from inside of Roosters which need to be killed to obtain the HA from their combs. Our scientists have done amazing work developing a process of obtaining sodium hyaluronate from plants that work wonders on the skin without hurting any animals. It is in the best interest of our hearts, minds, spirits, and planet to only use Vegan HA.
Anti-Inflammatory Skin Care
When choosing your skin care products try to choose items that have the least amount of inflammatory ingredients. When possible, choose items that are gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, plant-based, free of sulfates, parabens, and dye. This means that your favorite serum or cream might be a different color at times because plants are not consistent in color the same way chemicals are. Think of it like buying organic fruit. It might not always gleam with consistent color but that is because it doesn't have fake wax added to it or chemicals to keep every inconsistency out.
How to use it?
Hyaluronic Acid should be used both morning and night to replenish moisture and fight the signs of dry skin and aging. Use 3-4 drops (or half a dropper from a 2 oz bottle). Dab onto damp skin and work it into your skin is soft upward motions. It is so non-reactive most people can use it several times a day without any issues so if you need more or less just listen to your skin and add it as needed. You can even rub some on your hands and gently dab in on over makeup if you are having a very dry day and just need a little refresher.
Who Can Use It
If getting and keeping your skin looking hydrated, bright, and vibrant matters to you then Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum should be part of your skincare routine. There is no substitute for hydrated skin. It helps all your other products do their job and makes skin look healthier every single day. Be kind to your skin and it will be kind to you :-)