Everything you need to know about hyaluronic acid
When you read the ingredient list on beauty products, it is often that you do not really understand what the different ingredients are, let alone what they do for the skin. Therefore, it is good to read so that you can adapt your skin care to what your skin needs.
An ingredient that is a safe bet for most people is hyaluronic acid. But what is it really? How does it work, how is it made and what different types are there? And above all, what does the research say, is it something to have? We will now take a deep dive into this really interesting ingredient and learn everything you as a consumer need to know!
What is hyaluronic acid?
This is an ingredient that has been on the market for a long time but that most people do not know much about. Many people, when they hear the name hyaluronic acid, think it sounds like a tough, slightly corrosive ingredient and guess that it might be good for acne. But they are surprised when they learn that it is actually just the opposite! It is moisture retaining and very mild.
In fact, hyaluronic acid is not an acid at all, but in fact a sugar. We already have hyaluronic acid naturally in the body, but sometimes it can be good for the skin to get a little extra supplement.
A real moisture bomb
Hyaluronic acid binds water (up to 1000 times its own weight!), Which means that we can take advantage of all the wonderful moisture without it just drying out and disappearing before it enters the skin. For the skin to be moisturized, as it is known, it is not enough to just pour water on it.
This ingredient not only helps to add and retain moisture but is also necessary to preserve the skin's elasticity and youthfulness. If you have a deficiency of hyaluronic acid, the wrinkles will come as a letter in the mail! And as you may guess, the body produces less hyaluronic acid the older we get.
But is there anything you can do to slow down the process? One thing that is both easy to do and very effective is to refrain from sunbathing, because UV radiation breaks it down. Although the sun is good at giving us vitamin D and raising the mood, it is better to get a nice burn with a fake tan, which does not damage the skin.
Where does hyaluronic acid come from?
Although hyaluronic acid is considered a natural ingredient by most people, it is often produced synthetically. But it is good to be aware that ingredients produced in labs do not necessarily contain a lot of debris and harmful substances, it is simply a controlled way to produce what is already happening in nature.
It can be made (to the horror of all vegans) from rooster combs, which contain 1 or 2%. So you need extremely many rooster combs for it to be any of it. Then it is better to produce it through what is called bacterial fermentation. This is nothing to worry about as hyaluronic acid often occurs in organic, natural products and does not cause any allergic reactions. It is a very gentle ingredient that is risk-free, whether it is made from rooster combs or in the laboratory. We have chosen to develop a vegan formula for our hyaluronic acid.
What are the different types of hyaluronic acid??
There are a few different things that may appear on the table of contents when the product contains hyaluronic acid and they are classified by molecular size. The molecular size determines how deep the ingredient can penetrate the skin. Renewal Hyaluronic Acid + BHA from Skinroller is formulated with very small and fine molecules of hyaluronic acid.
If it says hyaluronic acid in the table of contents, it means that the ingredient settles as a protective layer on the surface of the skin and helps to bind moisture there so that the skin stays moisturized. It is not necessarily negative that this ingredient has large molecules that do not penetrate deep into the skin, because sometimes you simply want to create an effective barrier. Especially in winter when it is dry and cold, this is an effective protection.
This ingredient as you may have guessed, has salt included in the picture. It has been developed to be able to penetrate deeper into the skin and counteracts oxidation.
Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer
The latter type of hyaluronic acid has even smaller molecules and thus penetrates deeper into the skin layers than its siblings. This is a good ingredient for you who want to cure wrinkles because it really goes into the depths and also works for a longer time and freer than the other hyaluronic acids.
By combining hyaluronic acid with Skinroller PRO, it allows up to 200% higher absorption. Click here to get to the kit!
What does research say about hyaluronic acid?
As with most other skin care ingredients, opinions differ regarding hyaluronic acid. Those who are skeptical believe that creams in the EU (just like in the US) must not have a pharmacological effect. The idea is that if a product has an effect that physically changes the skin, it must be sold as a medicine, such as certain acne products you can get prescribed by a doctor.
But at the same time you have to try to think about it all with balance. Of course, skin care products help. Anyone who uses cleanser and day cream daily, for example, can probably attest that their skin is much better than it would be if they never took care of it.
On the other hand, no one can say that all your wrinkles will be blown away and you are guaranteed to look 20 years younger.
But there is evidence to suggest that hyaluronic acid has an effect on the skin. In 2011, a study was conducted at Ludwig Maximilian's University in Munich in which 76 women participated. Under one eye, they applied creams containing hyaluronic acid and placebo cream under the other eye. They did this for 60 days and the result was actually that the hyaluronic cream helped the skin to become more elastic and gave it a better moisture balance. Those who used hyaluronic acid with small molecules also had less deep wrinkles than before.
As with all other skin care, it is important to test what works for you and since hyaluronic acid is risk-free as far as we know, there is no reason not to test!