When I sit down to write our blogs, I pull from a list of ideas that stem directly from questions we see come up a lot during the day at the spa. We recommend a variety of products that contain hyaluronic acid quite often since we consider it a staple product due to it’s result oriented benefits for skin hydration.
Although it’s a common recommendation from us, a lot of our guests have the same question, “What is hyaluronic acid?”.
What is hyaluronic acid and how does it improve the skin?
Many wonder how an “acid” can hydrate the skin. Well, hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar that occurs naturally in our bodies and is considered a humectant and key molecule that helps retain water, regulating the moisture content in our skin cells.
In fact, when hyaluronic acid binds to a skin cell, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. I like to use the sponge analogy; if you have a dry sponge (our skin) and add water (hyaluronic acid) to it, it will expand 1,000 time its size with water. Hyaluronic acid helps water bind to collagen which is the primary support structure of the skin that also retains moisture, responsible for nearly 70% of the skin’s volume. The presence of hyaluronic acid therefore, results in soft, plump, hydrated, dewy skin.
As we age, our bodies start producing less hyaluronic acid, less collagen, and dead skin cells turn over at a slower rate. This is why it is important to start supplementing with targeted skin care products as a preventative and reparative method.
How to implement hyaluronic acid into your skincare regimen
There are various products that contain different sized molecules of hyaluronic acid and are combined with additional ingredients to produce a range of benefits. The smaller molecule hyaluronic acid will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin while larger molecules will be able to help with surface hydration.
Some of Our Favorite Staples
HA Revive Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Infused with multi-weight hyaluronic acids and marine actives, HA-Revive Hyaluronic Drops reinvigorates and refreshes with a quenching boost of dual level hydration. This fast-absorbing hyaluronic acid serum is clinically proven to instantly soothe surface-level dehydration and dullness, replenish skin’s moisture reserves, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
HA Revive Hyaluronic Mist
Infused with hyper-hydrating small molecule hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper into skin and replenish and lock-in moisture, while coconut water helps to balance and prevent further water loss, reinforced by plant stem cells which safeguard skin’s moisture barrier. Refreshing and restorative, this nourishing mist delivers a surge of complexion comfort throughout the day, whenever skin needs it, and helps power-up your serums and moisturizers.
HA Revive Hyaluronic Hydrator
Powered by age-defying actives, HA-Revive Hyaluronic Hydrator is a next-generation treatment moisturizer formulated to target dry, dehydrated, and dull skin. Delivering hyper-hydration deep within thanks to its micro-molecule hyaluronic acid infusion, it restores skin’s suppleness and plumpness. Soothing while anti-aging, phyto-retinol reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while plant stem cell antioxidants protect and restore skin’s natural radiance.
Oil Free SPF 40+
Oil Free SPF 40+ is an oil-free and weightless formulation, featuring next-generation hydrators such as hyaluronic acid and allantoin without clogging or congesting pores, while potent antioxidants calm and repair, providing a skin-strengthening shield and invisible finish.