When hearing the word “acid” in the context of skin care, you may think of products that chemically slough off skin. Hyaluronic acid is different. Think of it as the kinder, gentler, more nourishing cousin. Yes, it will turn back the clock, but it won’t break down your skin. Hyaluronic Acid plumps it up by restoring your skin’s moisture barrier — giving you a youthful complexion in the process.
Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule made up of sugars that our bodies naturally produce. One role this hardworking molecule plays is to lubricate our joints, but about 50 percent of the Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies lives in our skin, where it binds to water to help attract and retain moisture. (Each molecule of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to a whopping thousand times its weight in water.)
Hyaluronic Acid owes its age-defying powers to its water-loving properties. By essentially giving your skin a big drink of H2O, Hyaluronic Acid doesn’t simply keep dry, flaky skin at bay; it helps keep skin looking firm, smooth, and plump. As we age, our skin loses moisture and Hyaluronic Acid, leading to the loose, saggy, wrinkly skin. When you apply it back into your skin — either via serum or supplement — you’re not only helping to replenish your skin’s natural HA stores, you’re keeping your skin better moisturized, which helps keep skin tight, supple and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IN MOLECULAR FORM
Many resources refer to Hyaluronic Acid as the “fountain-of-youth” in molecule form. But don’t be sworn off if you have naturally oily or pimple-prone skin. In fact, it’s a must-have antidote for dry, flaky skin brought on by a bout of drying acne products.
Researchers have found that when nano-ized Hyaluronic Acid is applied to skin topically, it improves it almost instantaneously. In fact, one 2014 study found that after just two weeks of treatment, Hyaluronic Acid visibly decreased the depth of wrinkles; made skin more firm and elastic; and reduced skin roughness and redness.
Because it’s a naturally derived substance, Hyaluronic Acid shouldn’t pose any risks to users, so it’s safe to use even on sensitive skin — morning and night. We use natural Hyaluronic Acid in our TEA+C™ Green Tea and Vitamin C Serum (which also includes Pomegranate, Mandarin, and Guava) and TEA+C™ Green Tea Eyes Crème (with Meadowfoam, Aloe, and Cucumber).