Last updated: 3.31pm, Tuesday 1st March 2016
If you have not been living under the rock for the past 10 years, you have no doubt heard a lot about this magical ingredient and all its wonderful uses in skincare. Or have you? Surely, you are aware that it does wonders to moisture levels of your skin. And, if you have read our previous article, you know that this is an important factor for all skin types, including oily. And naturally you know that it is used heavily in skincare, food supplements and cosmetic injections to restore youthfulness to our skin.
But do you understand the full functionality and proper application of hyaluronic acid?
Do you appreciate that proper processing of the ingredient can make or break your skincare routine?
Sit back and enjoy our ultimate guide on the anti-ageing ingredient du jour, hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is part of the connecting tissue of your entire body, skin included. The magic of the component is that it can retain moisture, magnitude of times exceeding its very own volume and weight.
This in itself makes it very attractive to the cosmetics industry, as loss of hydration levels in skin is universally accepted as one of the first signs of ageing. Just check the selection of skincare for younger skin, in its 20’s, say. Whether you are oily, combo or dry, with time your skin has relatively less moisture than it did 10, 20 or 30 years prior. Oiliness has little to nothing to do with it.
Hydrated skin is plump skin, visibly smoother and softer to the touch.
This is, of course a sign of youth but, in addition, signifies a strong outer skin barrier. This is a separate quality of good skin, as it means that skin is better protected from further outside damage. Sun, wind, oxidization and harsh skincare can all be kept at bay, if skin’s barrier is good. So by increasing hydration levels in your skin, hyaluronic acid also strengthens your skin’s natural defences against future attackers.
And, for the coup de grâce, hyaluronic acid is also an antioxidant. If you want to understand what precisely it means and why you need this in your life, please have a look at the dedicated short but technical explanation on this matter here.
The trick with hyaluronic acid is that it seems to be everywhere, yet often we are lured by fashionable labels away from effective versions.
For hyaluronic acid to actually reach the layer of skin that needs it, the molecules must be lab derived. This is definitely one of the instances, where “organic”, “natural” and “plant based” labels will do you no good. The molecules developed scientifically will be of the right size to ensure that they actually penetrate your skin deep enough.
Typically, the moisturising agents of this nature are in day and night cream forms. This makes perfect sense, as you want moisture to be feeding your skin for long periods of time. Purelogicol’s super antioxidant moisturizer is one such product that contains hyaluronic acid.
The key to maximising benefits of hyaluronic acid is to ensure that its concentration is high enough and ensure its effects are not negated with irritants, which can reverse the barrier repairing work it does. Stay clear of any fragrances, including natural essential oils, as many can be irritating. Ensure you are not stripping your skin of its defences otherwise. Examples include harsh exfoliants, such as AHA and BHA, stripping cleansers and astringent toners. Pick gentle formulations, unless you are truly accustomed to such components.
Purelogicol ensures that all its formulations are gentle enough for the most sensitive skins and stays clear of all parabens, additives, artificial perfumes and other known irritants. After all, purity of nature and logic of science lie at the very core of the brand’s philosophy “Beauty starts from within”.