An ingredient that is well known to almost every woman and even to some men, Hyaluronic Acid is no longer just a chemical compound used by specialists, doctors, chemists or pharmacists. But is it really worth its fame and reputation? It surely is! If I were to pinpoint a substance that is closest to a youth elixir, it would certainly be Hyaluronic Acid!
Despite it’s name, it shouldn’t be mistaken with fruit derived acids that can irritate and exfoliate the skin. It’s a Polysaccharide that is naturally found in the human body in the form of sodium salt – Sodium Hyaluronate. It is most often found in the synovial fluid, in the vitreous of the eye, and is the building block of the walls in our blood vessels.
It’s phenomenal because it can bind water. One molecule of Hyaluronic Acid can bind 250 molecules of water. Consequently, the right amount of it provides increased skin tightness and elasticity.
Unfortunately, with age the synthesis of this component steadily declines in the skin, causing the degeneration of the tissues, including collagen fibres. The skin becomes thinner and is subject to drooping. That’s why it has become very popular to supplement this deficiency with injections or by use of creams, masks or serums containing Hyaluronic Acid.
How is Hyaluronic Acid obtained? Hyaluronate was once sourced from animal tissue – mostly rooster combs. However, tests have confirmed that many substances derived from animals carry a greater risk of allergic reactions and in extreme cases Zoonosis.
But, because this acid is present in all living organisms, and has an identical chemical structure in both humans as well as bacteria, Hyaluronic Acid is now predominantly sourced from the bacteria of the genus Streptococcus Equi.
It is undeniable that Hyaluronic Acid should be incorporated into skincare products and getting the right quantity is essential to get the proper results.
On the list of ingredients you will find Hyaluronic Acid listed as “Sodium Hyaluronate”. Where this appears on the ingredients list is very important. The closer to the end of the ingredients list, the higher the chances that the quantity will be small or insufficient.
You can refer to our earlier blog about understanding the chemical composition and deciphering the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) – the system of names used on beauty packaging, for more information.
The usual concentration of Hyaluronic Acid used in skincare is 0,5% (maximum), 0,3% or 0,1%. Yet, it’s been proven that measurable and visible results come from concentration amounts of just 0,01%. Often, we mistakenly believe that if there is more of an ingredient then it is much better, but larger concentrations of this acid don’t actually provide better results.
We often find products on the shop shelves that claim to contain “10% solution of Hyaluronic Acid” or have a concentration of 10, 20 or even 30%. Why is that? Most likely, it means that there is 10% of a gel or solution that contains 1% of Hyaluronic Acid. So the actual concentration is still just 1% or 0,01%.
So, beware of the promises – 10% of the Hyaluronic Acid solution doesn’t tell us how much is really present. This is just a marketing ploy!
Aside from incorporating Hyaluronic Acid in your daily skincare routine, another highly effective form of skin rejuvenation is Mesotherapy – a non-surgical treatment of direct injections into the skin. Hyaluronic Acid, wrapped in a networking agent, is used to fill wrinkles and furrows, improve the appearance of scars and for lip and breast augmentations.
In summary, do reach out for skincare cosmetics that contain Hyaluronic Acid to enjoy more youthful and elastic skin for longer. And to make it even easier, I’ll give you a tip – you can find it in each of our three Resibo face creams!