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Hyaluronic Acid – Not An Acid… but Amazing

It’s not an acid, it’s actually neutral in acidity, also called Sodium Hyaluronate it is a form of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a humectant that attracts, and binds, to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. That means it’s extremely hydrating, and a great help in keeping skin softer and plumper. The average 70 kg (150 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (i.e., degraded and synthesized) per day. Oh, and it works well both in high and low humidity conditions. You could live in the middle of Siberia, or the Sahara and it’d still do wonders for your skin.

Why you need hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine no matter what your skin type?

Hyaluronic Acid is my skincare hero. Whenever my skin gets a little dry and flaky, I just send out an SOS and it comes to save the day. Within a few short days, my skin is back to its soft, plump self. Thank you so much, Hyaluronic Acid! So, what is it and how does it work?

What the heck is Hyaluronic Acid?

This may sound surprising but Hyaluronic Acid has been with you since birth. It occurs naturally in your body’s connective tissue. Essentially, Hyaluronic Acid is part of the glue that holds skin cells together.

Fun Fact: this superhero ingredient owes his name to the Greek terms hyalos, meaning glass, and the sugar uronic acid. Yep, if you could see Hyaluronic Acid with the naked eye, it’d have a glossy appearance.

Benefits: What does it do for your Skin?

It’s a moisture magnet! Here’s how it works. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant. That’s a fancy way of saying that it attracts moisture from the environment into the skin, pumping up its hydration levels. Other ingredients also do this like Glycerin and Urea. But Hyaluronic Acid goes the extra mile: it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water! That’s powerful stuff! Korean skincare teaches us that hydrated skin = happy skin. When skin has all the moisture it needs, it his softer to the touch; it’s all plumped up, which in turn makes wrinkles look smaller; and has that beautiful dewy glow that makes it look like it’s lit from within. And while hydration is its big draw this super ingredient has other tricks up its sleeve. It also:

Can Hyaluronic Acid Penetrate Skin?

As a rule, anything that is bigger than 500 Daltons can’t penetrate the skin. Guess what? Hyaluronic Acid is way bigger than that. No worries, it still works. Hyaluronic Acid stays on the surface, plumping up and hydrating the most superficial layers. But if you want the added benefits of increased elasticity etc, it needs to penetrate the skin. You have two options here:

  1. Hyaluronic Acid fillers
  2. Low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid
 

These days, Hyaluronic Acid comes in all sizes.  Some of these forms are big and stay on the surface of the skin while others are smaller and can penetrate your skin’s dermal layers. 

Just be aware that the low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid is too friendly to other molecules, helping them slip into the skin, too. If one of them happens to be irritating, or your skin is particularly sensitive, this may cause inflammation. 

Mind you, this is a problem with all penetration-enhancers. However, the products we use at Reflections, such as Nurani Revitalizing Cream includes Colloidal Silver a super antibacterial agent and in an oxygen free container to ensure quality. Definitely try it.  

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