When talking about skin care ingredients, we hate to get scientific on you, but Hyaluronic Acid is one ingredient that you’ll want to geek out on.
You may see a lot of products with Hyaluronic Acid on the label and wonder about this chemical-sounding name that you can’t even pronounce.
You might also not be so excited about using “acid” on your skin… But Hyaluronic Acid is actually a naturally-occurring substance in your body, and it’s good for you!
Hyaluronic Acid is found in your skin, your eyes, and your joints. Scientifically speaking, Hyaluronic Acid is a thick, gooey substance that’s clear like water. The high viscosity of Hyaluronic Acid makes it great for keeping tissues lubricated and moist.
Wondering why so many skin care products are packed with Hyaluronic Acid if it occurs naturally in your body?
The truth is that your body produces Hyaluronic Acid daily, in small amounts, and this amount decreases with age. With a decrease of Hyaluronic Acid comes an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Regular use of Hyaluronic Acid in your skin care products helps keep up the levels of this wonder agent in your skin.
Where Does Hyaluronic Acid Come From?
Since Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in your body, you may be wondering how this ingredient finds its way into skin care products.
There are two main sources of Hyaluronic Acid in skin care products: plant origins and animal origins. (We are adamant in our cruelty-free skin care, so we never even consider animal-based Hyaluronic Acid!)
While a lot of products use Hyaluronic Acid, not all of them are the same, or even equal.
We use Cassia Angustifolia Seed, a botanical, plant-derived form of Hyaluronic Acid in our serum. Cassia Angustifolia Seed has been clinically proven to be FOUR TIMES more potent than synthetic Hyaluronic Acid at retaining long-lasting moisture, and boosting hydration and elasticity levels in the skin.
It’s known for binding up to 1000 times its weight in water and when combined with glycerin, magically holds and locks in moisture to plump the skin. This means that our vegan serum leaves your skin looking fresher and younger. An essential for your natural age-fighting skincare routine.
What Does It Do For You?
Hyaluronic Acid has three main functions in your skin care products:
- Hydrate and Moisturize Skin
- Anti-Aging Properties
- Heal Skin Injuries
Let’s look at these more closely.
Hydrate and Moisturize Skin
Hyaluronic Acid functions as a humectant, a water-attracting substance that delivers water to the skin’s surface. Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t create water, it pulls water, either from the atmosphere or from deep within your skin, to hydrate the outermost layer of skin.
While Hyaluronic Acid is said to hold roughly 1,000 times its weight in water, when combined with reishi mushrooms, another key ingredient in our serum, creates a double-boost of hydration, and can help restore dry skin to its optimally hydrated state. With the mushroom hydration particles being smaller than those of hyaluronic acid, it can penetrate the skin more easily, and help to reduce inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles & free radical damage, while also promoting cell regeneration.
A bit like Robin Hood, Hyaluronic Acid and Reishi Mushroom takes moisture where there is a lot of it, and delivers it where it’s needed. By regulating moisture like this, they help balance the amount of the oil in your skin.
We all know hydrated skin looks smoother and more youthful. You might not know that hydrated skin also helps fight acne. When your skin is dehydrated, it may become overly oily to compensate for the lack of moisture. This can lead to breakouts.
By treating dehydrated skin and excessive oiliness, the moisture levels in skin become balanced and acne is prevented. This might be particularly helpful nowadays, when mask mandates are causing acne outbreaks.
(Yes, Virginia, maskne is real.)
Its intense hydration capabilities make Hyaluronic Acid a key anti-aging ingredient.
This is because dewy and plump skin appears to have fewer fine lines and wrinkles, creating more youthful-looking skin.
Hyaluronic Acid smooths out roughness for even skin topography and improved skin structure.
In addition to decreasing fine lines and wrinkles and increasing skin firmness, Hyaluronic Acid helps skin tone appear more uniform and reduces the appearance of pigmentation.
And the reishi mushrooms, referred to as the herb of immortality in Chinese medicine, fight premature aging, redness, and fine lines.
Heal Your Skin
Hyaluronic Acid is proven to heal wounds and plays a key role in tissue regeneration, specifically in repairing skin. Hyaluronic Acid levels actually increase where wounds are present. Science has shown that where Hyaluronic Acid is working its magic on skin damage, collagen is also present. You know collagen – a protein that helps skin maintain its elasticity.
It’s not a bad thing to make your skin resilient and strong.
New research shows that Hyaluronic Acid may also have antioxidant properties, which means that this substance defends against oxidative stress. Since Hyaluronic Acid assists in healing wounds and soothing inflammation, this is not a big surprise.
Studies also show that the extract of Cassia Angustifolia has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial properties, which could help speed healing of minor skin issues and keep breakouts at bay.
The Bottom Line
So, let’s recap… Adding Hyaluronic Acid to your daily routine helps your skin:
- Attract and hold moisture
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Even skin tone and pigmentation
- Prevent breakouts
- Speed wound healing
- Defends against free radicals
- Enhance skin’s natural barriers
Hyaluronic Acid benefits are not limited to hydration alone.
Yes, this water-grabbing substance is known for its ability to hydrate even the most stubbornly dry skin, but it plays a key role in repairing skin, restoring a youthful appearance, and improving skin texture.
With the added power of Reishi mushrooms and Cassia Angustifolia seed, our new skin brightening serum is like a trip to the fountain of youth for your skin.
Sounds pretty and good to us. Try it out and tell us what you think!