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What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

Water is the key for maintaining beautiful skin. We’ve all heard the virtues of drinking eight glasses of water a day, and you’ve probably noticed how dull and dehydrated your skin gets if you don’t drink enough throughout the day. It’s not surprising actually, seeing as the skin is 70% water. Hydration is the key to keeping skin plump, and you may noticed that hyaluronic acid features in the ingredients list of many moisturising skincare products.

Contrary to its name, hyaluronic acid is not harsh or skin-stripping but actually one of the best water soluble ingredients. It is a powerful humectant – a substance which helps to retain moisture – which is why it’s often found in hydrating skincare products.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. It’s present in large amounts between skin cells where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin. When we’re young skin looks plump and full, but over time it loses this volume and areas of the body like the cheeks, eyes and hands can become sunken. Again this is due hyaluronic acid. As we age our levels of hyaluronic acid decrease and our skin loses volume, the lack of hyaluronic acid in the skin also makes it drier because it is unable to retain moisture as well as it used to.

The decrease is most significant in your forties, so you should looks for a hydrating moisturiser to plump your skin. Our Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream contains high levels of hyaluronic acid to protect, capture and retain moisture in the skin, as well as restoring volume. When hyaluronic acid is applied topically to the skin it increase hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses the damage caused by free radicals. These are highly unstable molecules which attack the cell and encourage the breakdown of elastin and collagen, proteins in the skin responsible for keeping it firm and smooth. The production of free radicals in increased by pollution and UV light, so hyaluronic acid may have some place in protecting us against sun damage (but should be considered as an alternative to SPF).

This truly is a wonder ingredient in all sense of the word. Not only does it contain all these skin-boosting properties but it is the one ingredient that works across the board no matter what your age or your skin type, it’s even effective for oily skin. The key to finding a product for oily skin, which is also hydrating, is to look for a light version, like our Y Theorem Repair Light Serum. This serum is specifically designed for those with oily skin, or who live in humid climate, who don’t want a product which feels too heavy on their skin.

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Published: Friday, 26 September 2014

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