The ingredient spotlight for this month is Hyaluronic Acid. At the moment it’s cold and as is classic with UK weather it’s also pretty grey. So the spotlight this month was really a toss up between a brightening ingredient or a hydrating ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid won out because it is so crucial this time of year and it’s easy to think of it as a one dimensional moisturising agent but it’s so much more!
What is it?
First off, for those a little put off by the acid in the name it’s actually something that we naturally produce and that already exists in our skin (yay) – this isn’t your typical acid. On the other hand, as with many great things that keep skin plump and protected, our ability to keep it in the skin and produce it decreases as we age and are exposed to the environment.
Which is a bit annoying because not only is Hyaluronic Acid often called a ‘sponge for our skin’ or ‘magnet for moisture’ keeping skin plump and hydrated. BUT it has also been found to act as an anti-oxidant – protecting us by acting like a shield against free radicals + things like pollution. On top of this it can also help calm skin down and, because it is such a gentle ingredient, this makes it a great option for those with super sensitive and redness/acne prone skin.
What is the difference between Hyaluronic Acid + Sodium Hyaluronate?
Sodium Hyaluronate is actually a salt derived from hyaluronic acid which does pretty much the same things and although less expensive to produce, actually absorbs more easily than Hyaluronic acid. That isn’t to say one is better than the other! As is typical with skincare it’s best if you try them both out and see how it goes with your skin.
Who is it for?
- One of the great things about this ingredient is that it works with gently sensitive, oily and acne prone skin, not just dry and ageing skin.
It really is one of the best and most beloved ingredients out there. If you haven’t already got it in your routine (especially at this time of year), it is one to add.
TLDR - Hyaluronic Acid:
- Helps prevent loss of elasticity
- Acts as an anti-oxidant
- Plumps the appearance of skin (super sponge/major magnet)
- Hero hydrator
Check out the Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate collection from out Ingredients glossary to see which products contain it in their formula.
Poppy Out. xoxo
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