In a world saturated with serums, lotions and potions, hyaluronic acid (HA) has emerged as a skincare hero, captivating the beauty industry with its exceptional hydrating properties.
In this comprehensive guide to hyaluronic acid, Australian skin scientist and founder of Synergie Skin Terri Vinson Jones delves into the wonders of hyaluronic acid, exploring its role in skincare, the types available, and how they contribute to maintaining a healthy, youthful complexion.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a potent humectant, acting as a moisture magnet capable of retaining over 1000 times its weight in water.
While our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid, the levels begin to dwindle from the age of 20, experiencing a significant decline of more than 25 per cent by the age of 40.
It’s crucial to note that hyaluronic acid is naturally produced only in the dermal layer of the skin, and while some argue about its ability to penetrate deeply, the benefits it offers to surface layers are undeniable.
Benefits of hyaluronic acid for skin
The benefits of hyaluronic acid are extensive.
When applied topically, it offers an immediate surge of hydration to the skin’s surface, leaving it refreshed and revitalised. This proves especially beneficial in addressing dryness and maintaining a healthy moisture balance.
Hyaluronic acid also plays a pivotal role in repairing damaged skin and supports the natural healing process. Whether dealing with minor blemishes or more substantial wounds, the presence of hyaluronic acid can significantly contribute to a faster recovery.
Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, hyaluronic acid also helps soothe irritated skin. Whether the redness is caused by environmental stressors or conditions like eczema, hyaluronic acid imparts a calming effect, thereby promoting overall skin health.
Finally, functioning as an antioxidant, hyaluronic acid acts as a defense mechanism against free radicals that could otherwise lead to premature aging. By neutralising these harmful molecules, it plays a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s youthful appearance.
Ultimately, the application of hyaluronic acid goes beyond hydration. It enhances the skin’s immunity, establishing a protective shield against external aggressors. This added defense mechanism significantly contributes to the overall health and resilience of the skin.
Types of hyaluronic acid
Not all hyaluronic acids are created equal.
Understanding the different types of hyaluronic acid is essential for choosing the right skincare products tailored to your skin’s needs. That’s why Synergie Skin’s newest serum, HyalaVive, has been formulated with three types of hyaluronic acid, to hydrate and firm your skin while smoothing the appearance of fine.
The High Molecular Weight (MW) Sodium Hyaluronate works on the uppermost epidermal skin layer, protecting the vital barrier. It temporarily smooths fine lines and delivers immediate surface hydration, leaving the skin feeling fresh and springy to the touch.
The Low MW Sodium Hyaluronate penetrates deeper into the epidermis, below the stratum corneum. It locks in moisture for increased slow-release hydration, providing a longer-lasting reduction in the appearance of fine lines. Additionally, it reduces inflammation, imparting a calming effect on the skin.
The Ultra Low MW Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate travels to the deepest level of the epidermis. It intensely hydrates, accelerates healing, and addresses fine lines with a more prolonged effect. Furthermore, it stimulates epidermal immune function for comprehensive skin support.
Hyaluronic acid stands as a skincare powerhouse, offering a multitude of benefits that contribute to achieving and maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
By understanding the different types of hyaluronic acid and their unique molecular weights, you can make informed choices to elevate your skincare routine and unlock the secrets to radiant, hydrated, and age-defying skin.