Often the beauty world is awash with buzz words and ingredients that appear to be the holy grail of skincare. Hyaluronic Acid is definitely the ingredient that everyone seems to be using right now, featuring in moisturisers, serums and boosting essences in order to encourage plumpness and fight the signs of ageing. Hyaluronic Acid actually occurs naturally throughout the human body; it binds to water giving it a stiff viscous jelly-like quality that helps to lubricate parts of the body that include joints and muscles. However, it’s become one of the most heavily researched substances in medicine today as its consistency and tissue-friendliness means it’s also a beneficial ingredient in skin-care products. Although Hyaluronic Acid can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations (about 50% of the body’s total quantity) in the skin tissue.
Young skin is smooth and elastic as it contains large amounts of Hyaluronic Acid that helps keep the skin stay healthy. It provides continuous moisture by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water, but with age the ability of the skin to produce this vital substance decreases. That’s why it’s been deemed to be the ‘wonder ingredient’ of anti-ageing skincare, as products can essentially inject more into the skin to help it perform in the way it once did. Hyaluronic Acid acts as a ‘space filler’ by binding
to water, therefore keeping the skin wrinkle-free and plump; on its own it’s not a moisturiser as such, but it’s an essential tool in the body being able to look after itself effectively.
However, the majority of brands use Hyaluronic Acid in a ‘standard’ form that’s actually too large of a molecule to actually penetrate the skin; instead just sits on the surface drawing moisture out of the skin, rather than encouraging it to form in the deeper layers. This means you can just wash away the moisture when you use a cleanser, leaving skin feeling tight and lacking hydration. This can become a viscous circle, as you feel like you need to apply more of your daily skincare regime to get the same results – but all you’re doing is pulling moisture away from the deeper layers and up to surface level, which then is washed away and the whole process starts again.
The key to true skin comfort is in the molecular weight of the Hyaluronic Acid used. The molecules need to be broken down so they can penetrate deeper into the skin, attracting moisture where it’s needed most for effective long-term results. However, it’s incredibly difficult to find out what kind of Hyaluronic Acid a brand is using (and therefore if it’s going to be effective for you) without extensive research. There are some that are using the optium size of particle, including Hylamide. From the brains behind some of the most effective and revolutionary innovations of the last decade, Deciem, Hylamide’s new Booster Low-Molecular HA Serum changes everything. With five varying forms of Hyaluronic Acid that can actually penetrate the skin at multiple depths, skin is left hydrated and visibly plump, both in the immediate and long-term.
The product can be used after cleansing and before your usual moisturiser, helping to deliver moisture to the deepest layers of skin for maximum effect. It ‘boosts’ and enhances the performance of your usual products by essentially acting as a carrier pigeon, picking up the little balls of moisture and flying right down into the depths of your skin before leaving them there to get to work. On its own it won’t be very helpful, but as an additional step in our skincare regimes it can really make a difference. There are loads of these kind of ‘booster’ products launching, including essences and serums that enhance the performance of other products, so it’s well worth investing in one if you want to maximise the impact of your skincare regime.
The Hylamide Booster Low-Molecular HA Serum is available now from Boots, priced £18.00. You can click and collect in your local store too.
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