Hyaluronic Acid

This past Friday when my best friend and I went shopping, we were browsing inside Sephora. My friend decided to grab a face mask without looking at the ingredients, for a hydration. I immediately told her to look at the ingredients and find if it had hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate. Reason? Because it is a BEAST moisturizer and is considered by many as the “fountain of youth.” Sure enough, the product she picked up had it listed. 😉


What is it?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, produced less and less as we age. It binds to water giving it the consistency of a gel, and is a heavy hydrophilic (water-loving) molecule. It is used mostly in the medical area for the eyes and joints, but it is also used topically for skin care.

Uses
Hyaluronic acid has many uses including healing burns, wounds, wrinkles, skin ulcers, and can be applied as a moisturizer or serum. I you have oily skin, use it alone after toner, if you have dry skin use with and an extra moisturizer. When used by a medical professional, it can help with plastic surgery, eye surgeries, joint pains, and for the mouth.

Caution
Though many places will claim it penetrates several layers of skin, the molecule is fairly large to do that, but will permeate the first layer of dead skin cells to a new layer skin. Also, many companies boasts 100% concentration of the acid for a cheap price, don’t fall for this, and please do your research! Hyaluronic Acid cannot be “pure 100% hyaluronic” as it must be mixed with water to become a serum or gel. It’s raw form is a thick pasty consistency that is too high in molecular weight to be an on-the-shelf skin care product in its raw form. It must be diluted with water and/or alcohol, the product is then no longer 100% pure. Period.