Sunday 22nd March marked World Water Day which got me thinking about how much benefit such a simple ingredient can have on our bodies, both physiologically and as part of our skincare routine. You may have heard the words Hyaluronic Acid, but what actually is it and what has it got to do with water and our skin?
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Despite its rather alarming name, Hyaluronic Acid is actually a real skincare hero, holding the key to smooth, plump, flawless and hydrated skin –it’s the ultimate solution when it comes to helping our skin retain moisture (which is exactly why our skin cells naturally produce it).
Incredibly gentle and calming, it’s a powerful moisture-binding active and can retain over 1000 times its weight in water, which is exactly how it packs such a powerful hydrating punch. What’s more, it’s able to regulate the moisture within cells, meaning skin won’t be flooded with hydration. Clever! Once on the surface of skin, it helps your cells attract and hold on to moisture, therefore revitalising the epidermis (the outer layer of your skin).
Is Hyaluronic Acid natural?
Yes … and no. We naturally produce our own Hyaluronic Acid, but with aging as well as exposure to pollution, extreme temperatures and other environmental conditions, we produce less as we get older. Therefore, our skin attracts and absorbs less moisture and it begins to dull, feel sensitive and rougher in texture; fine lines appear and skin tone is diminished.
In our bid to substitute these diminishing levels, we include Hyaluronic Acid in our formulas –though not in a form that is produced within human bodies; instead we use the finest quality lab-created version.
So does that mean Hyaluronic Acid can penetrate skin?
Pure Hyaluronic Acid molecules themselves are too large to penetrate skin. Instead, they settle on skin’s surface and attract moisture, which our skin can then absorb.
Recent skincare science breakthroughs have, however, found a way to reduce the size of Hyaluronic Acid molecules, creating Sodium Hyaluronate, which does penetrate the epidermis and therefore provides lasting hydration. And yes, hero Studio 10 products use this also.
What are the other benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is so lightweight and oil-free, which means ALL skin types benefit from using it, even oily or acne prone skins.
Hyaluronic Acid can stimulate collagen productionwithin our bodies. Enhance this further by pairing Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C and the collagen-boosting benefits abound!
Hyaluronic Acid helps strengthen skin’s protective barrier, leaving it less vulnerable to damage or infection. What’s more, its soothing and natural anti-inflammatory qualities can help support and speed up skin’s recoveryfrom any wounds.
- Hyaluronic Acid helps boost skin’s antioxidant defences, helping shield it from UV exposure and the risk of free radicals further breaking down the collagen and elastin in our skin.
Which Studio10 products include Hyaluronic Acid or Sodium Hyaluronate?
Youth Lift Glow-Plexion contains both Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, meaning your complexion not only looks instantly radiant, but also enjoys a deeply soothing and hydrating boost.
Hydra-Lift I-Corrector features Hyaluronic Acid in its intensely hydrating and creamy formula. Dark shadows are erased in a single sweep, leaving skin smooth and rehydrated.
Wake Up & Glow Lip & Cheek Tint is oh-so much more than a mere lip and cheek tint, thanks to the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid in this multi-tasking formula. So, in addition to creamy, satin-smooth colour, you’ll delight in how nourishing and soft it feels on skin.
Lip Perfecting Balm Gloss also contains Sodium Hyaluronate, therefore deeply hydrating, plumping and protecting lips, plus smoothing fine lines as it treats them to an ultra-flattering hue of colour.
The shadows in Visible Lift I-Radiance are enriched with Sodium Hyaluronate, ensuring they both go on smoothly and help moisturise skin during wear.
Lip Perfecting Plumping Gloss is infused with a plumping agent called Volulip™, which stimulates Hyaluronic Acid synthesis – increasing lip volume and providing intense hydration.