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In the Limelight: Hyaluronic Acid

October 16, 2017

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).

Hyaluronic Acid is the most powerful moisturiser and humectant known to the beauty industry. It is proven to bind water molecules to the skin by 1000 times its own weight. Imagine you placed one droplet of water on your tongue and received the benefits of drinking an entire glass!

Over time damaging environmental factors and ageing (particularly exposure to UVB) decreases our skin’s natural volume of Hyaluronic Acid and consequently the ability to attract and maintain moisture. The skin then becomes dry and lifeless and begins to wrinkle and sag.

For many years the cosmetic industry has harnessed the incredible hydration power of Hyaluronic Acid. With new advancements in technology, skin care scientists have developed a technique to break Hyaluronic Acid down into it’s salt form: Sodium Hyaluronate. With a smaller molecular size, Sodium Hyaluronate has the advantage of deeper penetration, thus increasing skins moisture levels even further than ever before.

Here are our top picks for Hyaluronic Acid products that you can easily incorporate into your home care routine:

Fleur De Mer Sodium Hyaluronate Serum

This serum forms an invisiable viscoelastic film upon application that will consantly hydrate the skin throughought the day. Providing an overall plumping effect to volumise and fill in the lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Its low molecular size allows for exceptional penetration, never before thought possible. It is no wonder that Sodium Hyaluronate is creating such a huge impact with cosmetic researchers and the skin care industry today. Suitable for all skin types, this serum is sure to be a holy grail product for any skin care routine this summer.

MTS Hyaluronic Peptide Serum

Featuring a myriad of the highest quality ingredients to provide long lasting hydration, soften fine lines and wrinkles and minimize free radical damage.
Sodium Hyaluronate is the most effective humectant for skin healing and regeneration.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 works through a unique mechanism which relaxes facial tension, leading to reduction in superficial facial lines and wrinkles.
Palmitoyl PentaPeptide-3 gives anti-wrinkling and lifting effect while helping to restructure and repair the skin.
Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28 are stabilised peptides engineered for deeper deliver. Mimicking our skin’s natural collagen for increased collagen production.
EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) stimulates the growth of various skin cells and nutrients essential for anti-ageing.
Vitamin B5 reduces water loss in the skin and aids in skin protection.
DMAE a natural substance known as ‘facelift in a jar’ due to its amazing ability to dramatically tighten, firm and tone neck and facial muscles.
MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) a stabilised form of Vitamin C providing potent anti-oxidant protection from free radical damage, collagen production and a brighter overall complexion.

Algologie’s Global Anti-Ageing Range

This Plumping and Redensifying range is specially formulated for women experiencing the hormonal changes of menopause. It meets the fundamental needs of mature skin: lack of moisture, need for protection, regeneration and re-densification. These four beautiful products have been carefully developed, incorporating both science and nature to bring you the very best in Marine Biotechnology. The brand new Exclusive Algo4 Complex® combines the potent anti-ageing ability of Brown and Red Microalgae, Sea Fennel Stem Cells, and Alpine Sea Holly to oxygenate, nourish, protect and stimulate the skin’s tissues. The addition of Sodium Hyaluronate provides even more effective hydration and penetration of active ingredients essential for skin of this condition. Not to mention its gorgeous new packaging!