Hyaluronic acid (HA) seems to have been the buzz word of 2018 when it came to skincare and I don't reckon you'll stop hearing anytime soon.
So What Is It??
Hyaluroic acid, or HA, is a carbohydrate. It is gooey and clear in colour, and is formed naturally in the body. It is used for many different ailments, in many different forms. For example, it can be taken orally for various joint problems, due to its ability to hold moisture.
What Does it Do?
. Our skin holds 50% of the body's HA. It increases elasticity, helps to maintain healthy connective tissue, plumps out the skin, helps inflammation, is healing and is super moisturising. Hyaluronic Acid is in a league of it's own because of it's unique cpability to hold 1000 times it's own weight in moisture! Yes, you read that correctly, 1000 times its weight!!
It attracts moisture to itself like a magnet and holds it there, which is why it's such a staple in the skin.
Here's a tip ->
HA, or sodium hyaluronate, is the purest form of hyaluronic acid and what you're looking for on the ingredient list. Many products advertise HA as an ingredient included, but if you check the ingredient list you can see how much of it is actually used. The ingredients at the top of the list are used in a higher percentage and the ones near the end of the list are of a lower percentage.
Ok So, How Does It Work And Why Do I Need It??
Right, so in regards to skincare, which is why we're here, the HA molecule is too big to be absorbed into the skin, and so it stays at the surface pulling moisture to it. This is how it moisturises, hydrates and protects. Some products claim to have 'low molecular weight hyaluronic acid' or LMWHA, which does absorb deeper into the skin. However, this HA's molecular structure has been changed using enzymes, so basically it's zapped to make it smaller, so it's no longer in it's purest form. There's also no proof that to say there is any more benefit to the skin, if any, and normally comes with a higher price tag.
If our bodies make this stuff itself, why do we need to apply it in cosmetic form, I hear you ask! Well, like everything in our bodies, as we age these things are not as plentiful or productive. We also put our bodies through an awful lot more than we did 1000s of years ago when the likes of makeup and central heating were a, rare commodity, also they had the added bonus of a thicker ozone layer back then!! So, we need to give our skin all the help it needs and when 99.9% of grown ups these days have dehydrated skin, this stuff is like a drink of water from the fountain of youth. Ok, that's dramatic but it's almost just as effective.
There is ways to get hyaluronic acid, in it's purest and natural form, deeper into the skin and that is through; HA fillers which are injected into the skin by a trained doctor, and microneedling/collagen induction therapy, which is a minimal invasive facial.
My Opinion ->
I loooove HA. I use it everyday in 100% pure serum form and in my mist too. HA only lasts a day on the skin, so it needs to be applied everyday, morning and night.
My advice? Lash this bad boy onto to your face, you will thank me later!!
Your skin on your wedding day is very important. It determines how your makeup will look and last for the day. You're going to have your pictures for the rest of your life and we want them to be as perfect as possible, much to the detriment of our patience!!
Makeup is one of the main priorities to
most brides but you cannot beat a
good canvas. Having healthy skin
improves the texture, warrants
less and increases longevity, plus
you'll have healthy glowing skin - Winning!
I always advice my brides to start their skincare regime at least 6 months in advance of the big day. Professional facials is a great bonus and an at home skincare routine is a must. Of course, earlier than 6 months is great you can't start too soon, but 6 months will give us a chance to sort out any skin issues, let your skin adapt to it's new regime and allow it to be settled for D day.
Stress, changes in; diet, exercise, sleep pattern and many other factors can cause changes in our body and hormones causing reactions in the skin. Stress causes breakouts - breakouts cause stress and the cycle continues!
So, my first bit of advice is to book a consultation with a beauty therapist. They can personally advice you of your next step and device a plan specifically for you.
But here's some tips;
- drink lots of water, at least 2 litres a day, add fruit if it helps
- eat all the colours in fruits and veggies, fresh & bright colours will feed your skin so much vitamins and antioxidants from within
- avoid caffeine or decrease, it can dehydrate the skin & body leaving you feeling lethargic, prone to snacking on sugary foods & not getting a restful sleep
- avoid processed sugars, wedding planning is a busy time and you might find yourself snacking on sugary snacks that will cause congestion & breakouts. Try organising & planning ahead to avoid this
- hyloronic acid, get it and plaster it into your face, this is life for your skin!
- get some 'me time', chilling & having downtime is important for so many reason. Stress causes hormone changes in the body which has an effect on the skin so make time for yourself a priority. Facial maybe?
- Sleep, all the repairs in our body happen when we are in a proper sleep. A full night of restful sleep is irreplaceable to your skin and body
- Omegas, getting enough omega 3 & 6 is a necessity. They control the anti inflammatory response in your skin and helps prevent dryness.
- Suncream, all times of the year and especially in the summer. You cannot perfectly cover burn or tan lines so just be safe, plus getting burnt is really bad for your skin anyways!
- At home skincare routine, this is most important, without this you won't have healthy skin, there is no substitute. In order for you to have your best skin you must look after it daily
Ok, so it seems like alot but in the most part it's common sense and you're probably doing some of it already. I see so many stressed out brides. This is your day, well you and your husband's, sometimes you need to put yourself first despite other people. I've done this myself and I know there is no avoiding stress but you can do things to ease it. Remind yourself why you are doing this, stop if it's getting to much and take a break, for an hour or week whatever it takes. Vent to your friends, your beauty therapist or hairdresser, trust me there is nothing we haven't heard before! This will be one of the best days of your life, the one day it's all about you. Lavish in it and enjoy it.
Disclaimer; always consult your doctor or dietitian if you are unsure or worried about allergies.
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