Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

Star ingredient of our bestselling Super Glow Serum, Hyaluronic Acid is the buzzy skincare mainstay that everybody’s talking about. If you’re a skincare buff, it’s probably pride of place on your shelf already; if not, take a look at the ingredient lists of some of your favourite hydrating essentials- chances are you’ve probably already been using it.

 

If you’re still sitting reading this and wondering ‘what can hyaluronic acid do for me?’, allow us to break it down for you in the first of our Ingredient Spotlight Series.

 

JUST WHAT EXACTLY IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Well, put simply- hyaluronic acid is widely recognised by dermatologists as the gold standard when it comes to hydration in skincare. It’s a naturally occurring substance within the human body that works as a magnet for moisture, and can hold 1000x its weight in water. Pretty impressive, huh?

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO USE?

The cells in our body actually produce HA naturally to maintain their moisture levels. However, as we age, the production slows, leading to loss of elasticity and increased signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles.

Sounds scary, but don’t worry we’ve got good news for you! When applied to the skin in the form of a serum, HA can restore both initial and lasting hydration to the skin, as it’s a powerful humectant- meaning it helps to reduce the loss of moisture, helping slow signs of ageing.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

This miracle molecule works on ANY skin type, even if you’re prone to breakouts or are feeling particularly oily. The idea is that it delivers a level of hydration to cells that’s regulated and precise. This gives you skin that’s softer, smoother and more radiant- in turn improving the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. We did mention it was the gold standard, didn’t we?

 

HOW DOES IT WORK WITH SUPER GLOW?

This all sounds great, but hang on just a second… don’t acids break down self-tan?

Trick question: hyaluronic acid isn’t really an acid, at least not in the traditional sense anyway. It’s not going to exfoliate your skin and give that stripping effect that a glycolic or a lactic acid could potentially have. These incredible skin boosting qualities made HA our star ingredient to make our Super Glow Serum truly super!

Now, a quick sidebar: The size of the molecule of HA impacts how it penetrates the skin, i.e. a larger molecule will only work on the upper layers as it cannot penetrate the deeper layers as a smaller sized molecule could. That’s why Super Glow features both a high weight hyaluronic acid & extremely low molecular weight sodium hyaluronate, so it’s able to achieve this hydration binding across multiple layers of the skin. This gives multi-level, lasting hydration & minimises trans-epidermal water loss, resulting in the dewiest, plumpest possible look & feel to skin.

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