Hyaluronic acid (HA), also known as sodium hyaluronate, is considered to be one of the latest and greatest wonder ingredients. HA occurs naturally in the body where it helps to keep things lubricated, most notably our joints. It also works with collagen and elastin to form the scaffolding of your skin giving it tone and bounce.
HA has a remarkable ability to attract and bind water within the skin cells and tissue underneath which is why it has been touted “nature’s sponge.” In fact, HA is actually able to absorb approximately 1,000 times its own weight. It also hydrates your collagen fibers and prevents them from getting brittle.
Research has shown that applying HA topically helps wound healing and can reduce scarring. There have also been studies that suggest HA can penetrate the epidermis to hydrate skin tissue, plump up wrinkles, and create a more velvety smooth texture. This “natural sponge” also helps to retain a supple, firm skin tone and a more youthful appearance.
Additionally, HA is able to effectively penetrate the skin and has the ability to assist in the delivery of other important ingredients deep within the skin so that they can repair and rejuvenate skin cells.
The main source of HA is rooster combs, but for those of us who prefer to use a non-animal form it is also sourced from soybeans, yeast, and Spanish olives. The products below are exceptionally effective and only contain non-animal ingredients.
Mychelle Serious Hyalurnic Firming Serum contains a non-animal form of HA as well as antioxidants, retinol, marine collagen, and emollients that fight fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Shankara Antioxidant Regenesis Cream is a rejuvenating, antioxidant rich, and age-preventing that contains a non-animal form of HA. It renews, oxygenates, calms, and moisturizes the skin with a variety of natural ingredients. It has been clinically tested to accelerate tissue repair promoting beautifully healthy skin.