Anyone who’s business lies in dealing with the skin will already know Hyaluronic Acid as the staple ingredient that most of us consider to be absolutely essential to any skin care routine. However, to others “Hyaluronic Acid” may sound like some frightening form of skin torture! Never fear, here is everything you need to know about this marvellous little molecule and why you need her in your life if she is not already.
First of all, to clear up the stigma around it’s name, hyaluronic acid (HA) is not in fact an acid as we know it. HA is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (large sugar molecule) found within our body’s tissues. Its function is to cushion, lubricate and intensely hydrate the tissues of our skin, joints and eyeballs.
The HA used in our skincare is biotechnologically produced in a lab, which is a fancy way of describing the process of combining multiple naturally sourced ingredients to replicate a particular molecule. They do this by extracting different components from sugars, peptides (proteins) and yeast extracts to clone the Hyaluronic Acid that our bodies produce as part of our NMF (Natural Moisturisation Factor).