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Hyaluronic acid has stood the test of time, but do you know what it is?
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is polyacrylamide (essentially a very large sugar). It is naturally occurring in connective tissue throughout our bodies, with 50 percent of it being found in our skin. It is one of the major components of our extracellular matrix (the framework in which our skin cells sit) and it also has an important role in retaining moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.” However, as we age our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down. There is no surprise then that beauty brands are adding hyaluronic acid into serums and creams. And everyone has, and there is so much to choose from.
What Are The Skincare Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid?
Hydrated skin is plumper, firmer and has a luminous glow, while dehydrated skin can look dull, lacklustre and more slack. The unique ability to hold so much water makes hyaluronic acid invaluable to your skin. In a sense, the acid acts like a sponge holding vast amounts of water in the skin, effectively plumping out the skin and by doing so it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving the skin’s hydration and texture of the skin.
I have tried a range of different products, and still have others to try. I am a fan of mixture of hyaluronic acid, with niacinamide and ceramides from Apothaka. Another favourite is Vichy Mineral 89, which a non-greasy gel formula combining all the power of high-dose Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water.With natural origin hyaluronic acid to strengthen skin’s barrier function. It is a daily dose of strength to boost skin’s health and resistance. My rosacea skin likes both of these and does not upset it. I have used multiple sizes of both of these products, these are the super sizes. Which I will always buy now.
Others I have tried and not a fan off, are Clinique Moisture Surge, The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid, Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. They just did not work for me or I was not a fan of the version of the product. The Clinique did nothing and I thought it was over priced for what it was. The Inkey List, was just too runny and I hardly used any of the product. Indeed Labs I loved the packaging but the product was too thick for my skin during our summer holiday in the UK. But this would be perfect for a two week hot holiday somewhere very very hot.
I have a lot in my stash to use up. The Indeed Labs Hydration I will always hopefully have one in my beauty stash. I think that I have my holy grails, but I wanted to try all these different products that have been recommended to me. I have since starting this post used up the Simply Pure and Neutrogena, these will not be a repurchase as I did not like them as much as other ranges. The La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 serum was lovely, but the price and packaging went against it. The Hada Labo I am currently testing and I very impressed with this. It is a lovely product and I am thinking it is another holy grail for me. I use two pumps for my face and neck, no problems. Like the packaging and price. This is good value for me. It is another one I will recommend to people.
These are polyglutamic acids. Naturally found in skin, Polyglutamic Acid can hold four times more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid. The 3% high molecular weight amino polymer is specifically designed to enhance skin moisturisation on the surface, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten and even skin tone. I have used up the Inkey List and did not feel that this did anything extra for me. But the It’s Skin was amazing. I had a problem one day, two products were irritating my skin. I tried this and immediately it calmed this down and took the addition redness down. This works to help relieve dry and sensitive skin, keeping it hydrated. I hope to always have this in my stash, a new holy grail.
As much as I love some of these products, do they really make a difference to my skin. Have I been sucked into believing that my skin needs extra hydration. I do not know. I will use all these up before buying any more and then see if I do need this product and if my favourite is still true and will be one of my holy grail beauty products. So I have found four products that my sensitive rosacea skin enjoyed using. This will always be in rotation. They are amazing for the product, packaging and price.