If you’ve been considering a change in your skin care regime and have been looking at the latest moisturizers and serums on the market, you have likely seen the words hyaluronic acid.
It is the hottest ingredient in the beauty industry right now and although it has the word acid in it, it differs from exfoliating acids like glycolic or lactic acid.
So what exactly is hyaluronic acid and why should you be using it?
Hyaluronic acid (or HA as it’s often called) is a 100% natural ingredient.
It is produced by our bodies to retain water, which helps plump and hydrate the skin. When applied topically, it has the same effect resulting in a more hydrated complexion.
Skin requires moisture to preserve and maintain health as you age and according to skin experts, we lose approximately one percent of our hyaluronic acid stores per year after the age of 30.
To make matters worse, older skin produces less hyaluronic acid, which can result in a crepey texture, visible fine lines and volume loss.
Naturally produced in the dermal layer of the skin, HA is a key ingredient that acts like a sponge, drawing moisture in while also stimulating the production of collagen.
It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water and hyaluronic acid has proven anti-aging benefits that leave skin plumper, softer and smoother.
The types of hyaluronic acid used in skincare products differ depending on the molecular size.
The molecular weight of the hyaluronic acid molecule dictates the depth where it is found in your skin.
High molecular weight hyaluronic acid sits on top of the skin due to its large size and it is good for hydrating.
Products with a low molecular weight are better at penetrating into the dermis to help replenish the HA loss that occurs during the aging process.
In addition to restoring HA levels in the skin a lower molecular weight HA also supports collagen production and firms the skin.
A combination of both forms is best as you can benefit from their different properties. It is important to look closely at product ingredients as brands often indicate on the label if a formula contains HA with a low or high molecular weight or both.
Is there a difference between more expensive HA skincare and a cheaper option?
Is it worth splurging on a more expensive product or will a cheaper drugstore brand be sufficient?
When it comes to skincare, the quality and source of the hyaluronic acid is relevant, as well as the additional molecules added to the product.
Medical grade products tend to be more of an investment because they are backed by science including clinical trials showing their efficacy.
The moisturizing naturally occurring molecule is offered in a variety of moisturizers and serums and while skincare can be costly you do not have to break the bank to get effective products.
Thankfully the age defying ingredient can be found in products at every price point.
With a plethora of brands to choose from how do you know which is right for your skin?
Since hyaluronic acid isn’t known to irritate the skin a cheaper product may work just as well but it depends on your preference and your skin’s needs.
This Hybrid Serum boasts an impressive 2.5% hyaluronic acid in 6 particle sizes. Most leading mass market hyaluronic acids only have one particle size. Having all 6 hyaluronic acid sizes is critical because it allows for all layers of the skin to reap the benefits of the acids. This equates to deeper penetration, longer lasting hydration and visibly corrected signs of aging. This also has a cutting edge ingredient that very few skin care companies have even discovered; Polyglutamic acid. It is shaking up the beauty industry as research is showing that this peptide works in perfect unison with hyaluronic acid, it acts in providing a thin, smooth, moisturizing and non-irritating film on the skin. Polyglutamic acid is known to reduce fine lines, brighten skin, even tone and help maintain elasticity.
It replenishes skin with long lasting moisture and helps amplify skins hyaluronic acid levels. This powerful oil-free serum leaves you with soft, glowing, instantly plumped and youthful-looking complexion. You will notice a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles and a more even skin tone.
Bespok has a simple, cost effective skincare collection that boasts the highest performing actives in the industry today, made from more than 100 of the best ingredients in the world.
At Bespok we are passionate about making skin care products different and at the same time making products as unique as you are. Our luxurious preparations are suitable for all skin types. We guarantee, that over time your skin will have long lasting, beautiful results as we work together to help the fight against aging, wrinkled, damaged and unsatisfactory skin.
When you buy non-dedicated mass market skin care products it is often a guessing game.
Fresh is best and some skin care products lose their effectiveness after one year. So when the consumer buys their products through conventional mass market venues they have no idea how old it is.