What is Hyaluronic Acid?
The thought of putting an acid on you face sounds wrong doesn’t it! But did you know that there are some acids that highly benefit the skin and don’t come with a burning feeling that you may be expecting.
Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating, clear substance that’s produced by the body naturally. In the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin, inside joints, within the eye sockets and in other tissues where it helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. It is one of our favourite ingredients and you will find it in several of our products.
Levels of hyaluronic acid decrease in our bodies as we age. Skin slowly loses water, has less firmness and its structure softens. It is estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40’s, the production of hyaluronic acid is roughly half of what the body requires for adequate moisture retention. To replenish hyaluronic acid lost through aging, and to keep your skin firm, hydrated and looking younger, we recommend daily use of products containing this amazing ingredient.
Hyaluronic Acid Benefits
1. Hydrates Dry, Ageing Skin
Dryness, dandruff, drooping eyes or lips, and sagginess are associated with aging skin because as we get older molecules in our skin lose some of their ability to bind and retain water. This not only causes dryness, but also decreases skin’s volume. Skin ageing is triggered by daily environmental exposure to pollutants and UV light, along with the “the normal process of ageing”.
Cells begin to degenerate and our estrogen levels decrease as we approach menopause, resulting in thinner skin that just can’t hold as much water. A lack of hydration can lead to intense dryness, rough skin and a dull looking complexion, and also provides the ideal environment for wrinkles and other signs of ageing to develop.
Hyaluronic acid is a skin hydrating bioactive ingredient, which binds large quantities of water together to aid in skin repair. It has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of the skin. When applied to the skin through cosmetics and moisturisers, it strengthens the outer layers of the skin to create a healthy barrier, for softer, younger, firmer and more plumped up skin.
2. Reduces Wrinkles
Researchers have found that dryness caused from prolonged sun exposure plays an important role in wrinkle formation. It’s now been shown that wrinkles and fine lines are usually also more visible in low humidity compared to high humidity environments because they further reduce the water-holding capacity and elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid can help naturally reduce signs of aging by decreasing “epidermis water loss” associated with sun exposure, skin dryness or flakiness.
Results from a 2014 double-blind, randomized clinical trial that appeared in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed that products containing hyaluronic acid effectively decreased the appearance of wrinkles and reduced skin sagging within 30 days of consistent use. Some study participants also reported experiencing fuller lips and increased cheek volume by the end of one month (two traits associated with having a youthful appearance). Researchers found that after 30 days, participants showed significant “improvements in facial contours and volumes”.
3. Wound Treatment
Hyaluronic Acid is also great for treating cold sores, ulcers, wounds, bites and burns because it keeps damaged tissue moist as it heals. It also provides sunburn relief. Many cold sore treatments for the lips and mouth contain hyaluronic acid gel to speed up the healing process and prevent cracking or bleeding.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally part of the structural component of the mouth and the lips, which are made up of connective tissues made partly from collagen and water. Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid help to give our lips their structure and shape. Because Hyaluronic Acid binds to water, it hydrates the skin and tissues within the mouth and lips, keeping skin junctions tight, and helping to bring nutrients to damaged tissues, controlling inflammation and assisting fluids to carry out waste.
Who is Hyaluronic Acid best for?
Using Hyaluronic Acid benefits all skin types, but it’s particularly good for those with dry and mature skin types. As we age, our skin gradually stops retaining high levels of moisture. By keeping skin hydrated, soft, smooth and plump with rich moisturisation it not only ensures a youthful complexion but also helps to slow down the ageing process by preventing skin cell degeneration. This super hydrating ingredient has both instant and long-term benefits, helping to brighten the complexion as well as improve skin texture and tone over time. Our bodies’ ability to produce its own Hyaluronic Acid significantly decreases with age, so it’s important to replenish the natural levels in the skin’s layers with deeply moisturising skin care.
Rose Dust Mineral Mask
A truly beautifying and skin softening mask for tired and dull complexions. Filled with skin loving natural botanicals and clays to give your skin a pick me up and restore hydration. Containing Australian Pink Clay, Rose Petals, Hibiscus, Hyaluronic Acid and Silk Powder.
Marine Detoxifying Mud Mask
Overflowing with the healing powers of the Ocean, our Marine Mud Mask will help to purify and renew the complexion for every mermaid at heart. Full of antioxidants to target ageing and algae to detoxify. Including Dead Sea Mud, Sea Minerals, Sea Clay, Algae’s, Matcha Green Tea and Hyaluronic Acid.