Reverse the signs of aging by adding the Skincare 'Miracle Molecule' Hyaluronic Acid to your daily regime. Here's how it works and why. Plus my top 6 toxic-free HA serums
Hyaluronic acid is a super powerful anti-aging ingredient known to reverse the sign of aging. The reason your skin is or isn't plump and hydrated has a lot to do with this skincare miracle molecule.
As we age and the level of our natural HA decreases (adults have one-twentieth the amount of that of a baby), the skin can become dehydrated, leading to surface roughness, loss of elasticity and fine lines.
On the bright side there is a boatload of skincare products with scientifically proven formulas that are able to penetrate the dermis (the skins deepest layers). Replenishing our HA levels and in turn boosting elasticity and hydration within the skin. Hyaluronic acid is commonly listed as "sodium hyaluronate" on skincare product labels.
HA serums plump the skin by moisturising from the inside out and boosting our collagen.
Hyaluronic Acid Facts
First off, don't let the word 'acid' fool you. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a hydrophilic (water-loving), gel-like molecule that is naturally occurring throughout the human body. One molecule alone can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water!
Due to its amazing moisture-binding abilities, HA helps to support and hydrate the skin. It is also considered a 'smart nutrient' as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on humidity - relative to season and climate.
HA is a naturally occurring molecule within our bodies. In fact, 50% of the body total HA is found in the skin. Beneath the surface, the layers of our skin are supported by fibres containing collagen and elastin. These fibers form what is known as the connective tissue that contains primarily water, protein complexes (collagen), and hyaluronic acid.
Another reason HA is so beneficial for the skin is because it plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis. Which, along with HA is one of the primary components of the connective tissue. Collagen gives the skin its strength, elasticity, and structure. As we age, collagen levels gradually lessen resulting in sagging, wrinkled skin. Higher levels of collagen and HA are related to skin that is more supple and resistant to wrinkles and fine lines.
HA can also be taken as an oral supplement. Supplementing your diet with a collagen-boosting vitamin powder can be just as effective as a topical application.
Vital Proteins - Collagen Beauty Greens work wonders for me, and I love that it's dairy and gluten-free. I add a scoop to my protein smoothies in the morning. It contains Raw Greens, Marine Collagen Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Probiotics, Wheat Grass, Coconut Water Powder, Alfalfa Leaf, Kale, Barley Grass, Spinach and Vanilla Bean Powder.
Hyaluronic Acid is also an important component of cartilage and synovial fluid (the lubricating fluid found between joints). HA injections are used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis in patients who have already been treated with corticosteroid injections that did not work. HA can cushion and lubricate the joint and can even stimulate the production of more natural HA in the knee. HA levels in the joint fluid can be significantly lower in people with osteoarthritis.
Top Clean Beauty Picks
ILIKE ORGANIC SKINCARE - Hyaluronic Elixir - Full of lots of nourishing ingredients for the skin, including horsetail extract, which is a collagen forming mineral and a great anti-aging herbal ingredient due to its silica-absorption abilities. It also contains Algae, Bioflavonoids, Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, Polyphenols, Silica, Minerals and Trace Elements. But don't let your husband use it as it also contains Phytoestrogens!
LIVE BOTANICAL AER - Hyaluronic Acid Serum - Another formulation with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid molecular weights to optimize the effectiveness of how HA penetrates and acts within the skin. Enhanced with Organic Aloe Vera Juice which is incredibly softening and moisturise while organic distilled Green Tea Hydrosol helps soothe inflammation in acne-prone skin.
EVOLVE ORGANIC BEAUTY - Hyaluronic Serum 200 - Along with 200mg of Hyaluronic Acid, this serum contains Pomegranate and Aloe Vera Leaf extract which help to moisturise and heal damaged skin. Organic Rose Water gives it a beautiful fragrance.
OSEA - Hyaluronic Sea Serum - This serum contains three molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid, which means it has the ability to penetrate the dermis (the deepest layer of the skin) It also contains three organic Seaweed extracts packed full of protective antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which synergistically give skin a long-lasting hydration boost.
EMINENCE ORGANIC SKINCARE - Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum - Eminence is a longtime favorite of mine, not only do their products work, but they smell positively divine! This serum contains a unique form of Hyaluronic Acid from Marshmallow Root within a proprietary phytonutrient blend. Strawberry juice contains salicylic acid to exfoliate and brighten the skin, while Rhubarb is a great source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). It has over twenty botanical extracts plus Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid for a powerful antioxidant boost.
LEAF PEOPLE - Hyaluronic Acid & Apple Stem Cell Hydrating Serum - This is quite a powerful hydrating serum with a plant-sourced Hyaluronic Acid as the first ingredient. It contains Rosehip oil for fading dark spots and scars, Vitamin C and Apple Stem Cells (of which there is a lot of interest and controversy in the anti-aging skincare industry). It also has an essential oil blend of Neroli, Bergamot, Citrus and Sandlewood, plus a Rosa Damascena and Cucumber Hydrosols.
JUICE BEAUTY - ANTIOXIDANT SERUM - This serum helps to protect the skin from environmental damage due to free radical fighting ingredients, Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10 and antioxidant-rich plant oils like Borage Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Sunflower Oil. Which are all incredibly moisturising and help to deliver the Hyaluronic Acid to the deeper layers of the skin.