Your Skin's Secret Weapon: Hyaluronic Acid
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
One of the most in-demand products on the market for its anti-aging & instantly visible results.
WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan (simply long unbranched carbohydrates, or sugars, called polysaccharides) produced by our bodies & found throughout almost every fluid & tissue in our bodies. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. Approximately 50% of the body’s total HA resides in the skin. HA is the main component of what gives your skin structure and is responsible for that plump and hydrated look. HA also plays a pivotal role in wound healing.
Hyaluronic Acid is vital to the moisture & elasticity of the skin. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies’ production of HA slows, and over time contributes to visible signs of aging, (sagging, wrinkles & slower wound healing time). Because of this, Hyaluronic Acid has been widely researched and formulated as a powerful active ingredient in serums, moisturizers, and other cosmetic products.
HOW DOES HYALURONIC ACID WORK?
Have you ever used those little, tiny granules (like in a science project) that when you pour water on them, they swell up with the moisture and become little plump spheres? That is pretty much how HA molecules work as well. Each HA molecule can hold over 1,000x its weight in water.
As we age, our skin loses hyaluronic acid and the ability to retain sufficient water in cells.
The molecules in HA bind water to skin & collagen cells, to infuse moisture to even the deepest layers of the skin, and joints. Which in turn provides firm, hydrated and youthful skin & great elasticity to the joints & moving parts of the body. A diet high in green vegetables, pectin and water will also aid in rejuvenating the skin.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HYALURONIC ACID?
Hyaluronic Acid is made from fermentation of plant matter, which is enzymatically cut up to produce a nano sized low molecular weight. This makes it easily absorbable into deep layer of the surface. It is a poly saccharide compound that naturally occurs in the tissues of the body and serves as a humectant in between skin cells to help retain moisture in the body.
There are two molecular weights of HA that work differently on the skin and complement each other when combined for optimal results. High Molecular Weight (HMW-HA) & Low Molecular Weight (LMW- HA). The lower the Molecular Weight, the deeper the molecules can go.
High Molecular Weight (HMW-HA) not only moisturizes the skin’s surface, protects the skin’s barrier, and improves skin elasticity, it also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe sensitive or irritated skin.
Low Molecular Weight (LMW-HA) can penetrate to the deepest layers of the epidermis & deliver vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells, which will result in stronger, healthy, glowing firm & radiant skin.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR TWO HYALURONIC SERUMS?
Both of Beauty by Apothecary's Hyaluronic Acid formulas contain a HIGH concentration of pure HA, using both High & Low molecular weight HA, allowing it to not only hydrate & plump the surface of the skin, but also penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin to feed & revitalize cells. The Low Molecular HA will also help to stimulate your skin’s own natural hyaluronic production.
We currently have 2 formulas for our Hyaluronic Acid serums. While both of our HA serums have equal HA content, the two formulas have different, but amazing, benefits. Note: We did not combine the Fulvic Acid & Vitamin C together because you can’t bottle these active ingredients in the same bottle. You can use them both alternately.
The Original: Hydro Boost Serum- Hyaluronic w/ Vitamin C
Hydrating, Plumping, Brightening, Antioxidant, Clarifying & Collagen-boosting
This “Power Couple” formula combines High & Low MW HA with Liposomal Vitamin C, to deliver exceptional results! Vitamin C is amazing for the skin, a very strong antioxidant, it can effectively “stop time” and reduce the visibility of existing wrinkles and delay the appearance of new ones. We use Liposomal Vitamin C, which is a more stable form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is water-soluble and has very poor bioavailability, as a lot of it oxidizes before it reaches the cells where it is needed. Liposomal Vitamin C , on the other hand, is encapsulated, which means it can reach the designated cells and deliver more of the vitamin into the body. This means that you reap more of the amazing benefits of this fabulous anti-aging vitamin.
The benefit of Vitamin C are powerful: it behaves as an antioxidant to block UV damage. It brightens and improves skin regeneration. Vitamic C prevents and reduces cell damage and suppresses melanin production. It conditions the skin and moisturizes while enhancing collagen production for improved elasticity.
The Hyaluronic in this formula takes the vitamin C to new depths of the skin where it can be used effectively and deliver beautiful, visible, admirable results!
This formula also includes Glycerin which is derived from plant matter.
Benefits of glycerin:
● Moisturizing to Skin
● Delays Premature Aging
● Maintains Water Balance for Skin, by Sealing in Moisture
● Soothes Inflammation
Hydrating, plumping, reviving, firming, rejuvenating, mineralizing, nourishing, and strengthening. Reduces redness and rosacea and helps repair damaged skin.
With a 40% concentration of low & high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, this incredible serum will attract and trap moisture deep into the skin as well as on the surface, resulting in a visible “plumping” effect as well as deeper hydration.
Fulvic Acid packed with 72 bio-available organic minerals (the same minerals our bodies are made up of) works with the HA to penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin to mineralize & feed the skin from the inside out. The results are immediate (plumping, firming & smoothing) as well as long-term (skin is rejuvenated from the inside out & new skin cells are stronger & more youthful).
This formula is a showstopper! The addition of Fulvic Acid to this formula is a game changer for visible, rapid results and benefits to the skin. Fulvic Acid contains over 70 minerals, amino acids, sugars, peptides, nucleic acids, phytochemical compounds, & vitamins that are molecularly broken down so they can be absorbed into the skin.
Since our bodies are made up of minerals & water, and as a society, we are largely mineral deficient. (The main culprit is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.)
The Hyaluronic acid & Fulvic Acid Combination delivers these vital minerals, compounds & vitamins, as well as moisture deep into the skin. After just one use you can see a difference! Right away your skin will be visibly firmer, hydrated, even toned, smooth and youthful. With regular use your skin will regain more elasticity and firmness. Your skin will be stronger and more resilient and regain that youthful radiant glow! Healthy skin is beautiful skin!
For more in-depth information on Fulvic Acid, read our blog Heal Your Skin with Fulvic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid Benefits
Increases Skin Elasticity
Can Treat Eczema
Can Treat Facial Redness
HOW TO USE HYALURONIC ACID THE RIGHT WAY
Now that you know how Hyaluronic Acid works, it’s time to learn HOW to use it. This miracle serum is very concentrated & needs to be used on damp almost wet skin. The HA needs moisture to pull into the skin. We recommend using the Refresh Hydrating Mist or a clean mineral water mist when applying, as it needs ample hydration to absorb into the skin. Always use first before other serums/moisturizers, as the HA will continue to absorb the products you apply on the skin allowing for the product to penetrate and absorb deeper into the skin where it is needed.
Always apply first thing on clean damp skin. Use about 5 drops on face, neck décolletage & back of hands, massage all over the skin, & mist with Refresh Hydrating Mist or a hydrating mist of your choice & massage again. Allow 3 or 4 minutes for absorbing. If skin feels tight, mist again & massage. Follow with serum &/or moisturizer. The Hyaluronic in this product will also help your other products absorb more completely. Enjoy the beautiful results!!
For more, see Beauty By Apothecary’s Blog Daily Skincare Routine