Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

You know an ingredient has officially gone viral when it is picked up by the mainstream media. The other day I was sitting on the couch watching one of my favorite shows while on a commercial break I got up to refill my wine glass and hear the words Hyaluronic Acid faintly in the background. I ran back to the television only to discover one of the most popular names in drugstore skin care promoting their newest face cream featuring this ingredient. So we are hearing and seeing this ingredient left and right but do we know how and why it works? Hyaluronic Acid is not a new lab created high tech ingredient like many might think, nor is it a typical type of acid which tend to promote exfoliation in the skin. In my opinion this magical molecule has one of the most important roles in maintaining overall health and function of the skin. On top of the many benefits it can offer it is an ingredient that can change the look of your complexion within an instant. So let’s dive deep into what this ingredient is, what it does, and which products are worth the investment!

Hyaluronic Acid is essentially a moisture binding molecule, it has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water and is categorized as a humectant. We naturally produce HA in our skin and in our bodies too! It can actually be found in its highest concentration in our skin, joints and eyeballs. It has a clear jelly like consistency and its main purpose is to provide lubrication/moisture. Why is this important in the skin? Quite simply, hydrated skin is happy healthy plump and glowing skin. This molecule aids in binding moisture to the skin to plump and hydrate from the inside out. Think about the appearance of sand at the beach vs sand at the desert, two very different moisture levels resulting in two very different appearances, so the more moisture in your skin the more hydration which results in a smooth plump appearance. Hyaluronic Acid also boosts and supports the production of healthy collagen which is also essential for a youthful complexion. So if we naturally produce HA in the skin and body then why invest in skincare featuring this ingredient? Get ready for this sad bit-

As we age our production of HA decreases significantly, therefore it is absolutely essential to add this ingredient into your regimen as early as you can to slow the aging process and maintain healthy skin function.

Now that we have a better understanding on what HA is and why we need it, let’s talk about products I am loving that never fail to give me that juicy glow.

 Hydrating Floral Mask – Tata Harper Skincare $95

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With 1000 different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid this mask is my go to for optimal supplementation and infusion of plant based HA. It has a clear silky smooth gel texture that melts into the skin upon application. The ethereal and uplifting pale blue color is so soothing and the light floral scent comes from rose otto. In addition to all of that juicy HA this mask is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories! After using this mask the skin is noticeably plump and glowing. Any redness in the skin has melted away and the overall tone is even and brighter. This truly is a complete nutritional supplement for your skin. Use it as often as you need, you can even sleep in it! Formulated for ALL SKIN TYPES because dehydration is different than dryness, and let’s face it- we’re all dehydrated when it comes to our skin. 

 

Hyaluronic Serum 200 – Evolve Organic Beauty $46

Evolve Organic Beauty offers a comprehensive, affordable, and effective range for all skin types. This serum has to be one of my favorite products from this UK based brand. Formulated with 200mg of Hyaluronic Acid this clear lightly scented serum can be evolve_hyaluronic_serum_at_credo_beautyused AM and PM under your moisturizer of choice to improve overall moisture levels as well as reduce dehydration lines. In addition to HA this formula features a pomegranate extract which is a super reparative antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and free radical damage. Formulated for ALL SKIN TYPES

 

Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer – Tata Harper Skincare $116

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I am currently OBSESSED with this moisturizer! It is THS newest launch and perfect for the warm summer temperatures. It of course contains hyaluronic acid, but it also has a unique gel water technology that actually acts as a skin solution! The gel water technology is made up of chia seed water, marsh samphire, and tremella mushroom. These three ingredients are going to feed the skin with ultra rich lightweight hydration, increase the skins capacity to store it, and prevent it from escaping. SO COOL. The consistency is gel like and super lightweight, the skin literally drinks it up. This moisturizer also has tons of vitamins and minerals for the skin including a super awesome extract from the banana flower which evens the skin tone while combating free radials. This is a great swap for warmer temperatures that will actually help to balance oily or combination skin.

Get your glow on!

Xo,

Your Favorite Esty

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