Ingredient Spotlight: L-Sodium Hyaluronate
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most important components in our cellular make up. It is found in the skin, cartilage and vitreous humor (the clear, protective gel in our eye). For our purposes, skin health, it is absolutely essential.
L-Sodium Hyaluronate is the purest form of hyaluronic acid (HA), and its importance is not to be underestimated. Water retention is one of its most important biological functions, but it also shuttles nutrients in and carries waste out from cells that do not have a direct blood supply. Read on to learn more about this amazing ingredient…
What It Is
L-Sodium Hyaluronate(aka hyaluronic acid) is a principal water-regulating molecule, binding up to 6,000 times its weight in water. It plumps, lubricates, moisturizes, and prevents trans-epidermal water loss.
Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin and is an integral part of tissue repair. It aids in wound healing and acts as a free-radical scavenger. HA is also a primary part of cartilage where it provides a coat around each cell.
In healthy, normal skin conditions HA is found in relatively high concentrations in the basal layer of the epidermis. But, age and environmental elements can decrease the production of HA. For example, when UV damage occurs the cells in the dermis decrease the amount of hyaluronic acid produced and increase the rate of degradation.
How It Works
Hyaluronic acid promotes keratinocyte proliferation and increases the presence of retinoic acid, which increases skin hydration. It also increases collagen synthesis and normal skin function, and is critical to the structural integrity of the dermal collagen matrix. These beneficial characteristics make hyaluronic an effective topical humectant, but it is also commonly used as soft-tissue filler.
This amazing hydrator also increases penetration of other vital actives, but the life span of HA in the body is only one to three days. After that time period it degrades and is flushed out. It requires constant replenishing topically and through foods like avocados, peppers and certain spices.
Our Hyaluronic Serum, with L-sodium hyaluronate, has water-binding properties and is a natural humectant that keeps skin supple and hydrated. Since it helps promote the penetration and absorption of other actives, it provides optimum results when combined with our oil-based serums, correctives and moisturizers.
Question: Do you use hyaluronic acid on your clients? If so, what results have you seen?