What is Hyaluronic Acid and how does it work?
It is a powerful humectant, aka moisture binding ingredient. That has the amazing action of keeping the skin plump, firm, smooth and hydrated and generally looking a whole lot younger. It is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the body.
Hyaluronic Acid, (H.A) is a real deal moisturiser, it holds onto moisture and water an impressive 1000 tmes in its own weight. This is how it keeps the skin plump, hydrated and looking young . The word acid can stir up notions of being harsh, burning, stripping, creating redness, irritation etc. Definitely not the case with H.A. It has an entirely different chemical structure
and actions compared to Alphahydroxy Acids used in some skin care that have a peeling and stripping action on the skin.
H.A, is not all about the face. It is found throughout the whole body. H.A surrounds every joint, tendon and, ligament. It is even present in our eye sockets. In healthy skin it is present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides plumpness, moisture, firmness and suppleness to the skin. It is found in the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the epidermal top layers. It keeps skin cells hydrated and helps to retain collagen. The not so good news is that as we age our bodies do not produce as much H.A. as we did in our youth. Years of exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays takes it’s toll on H.A. and our collagen declines resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and discolorations of the skin.
Regularly using H.A benefits your skin’s collagen synthesis . All mature complexions will benefit greatly from using H.A. and it is easy to incorporate into a home care regime.
How to Use Skin Nurture
After cleansing your complexion morning and night use 1 pump morning and night. Apply all over your face paying particular attention to any thin, fragile, sunken areas of your face and finish with your usual skin care nourishing cream / moisturiser.