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!!
Omegas, what are they?
Ok, so this is a bit of a science-y blog but it's an important part of skin health. Omegas are fatty acids. There's omega 3, 6 & 9. Omega 3 & 6 are essantial fatty acids (EFAs), as they cannot be made in the body when it's needed.
Types of Omega 3 Fatty Acids ->
- Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA)
- Eiscosapentaenoic (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic (DHA)
Types of Omega 6 Fatty Acids ->
- Linoleic Acid (LA)
- Gamma linoleic (GLA)
- Arachidonic Acid (AA) (Pic: Google)
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 aka ALA, can converted in the body to produce EPA and DHA. Omega 6 aka LA, can be converted into GLA and AA. Omegas have a multitude of benefits to the body, skin and brain, but I'm going to focus on the benefits to the skin.
The breakdown of LA and ALA in the skin can be limited and many EFAs can be oxidised by the liver before reaching the skin tissues. This is why it is important to apply EFAs topically in our skincare as well as interanally through our diet. Omega supplements are also widely available but this must be discussed with your healthcare professional.
Omega Fatty Acids Benefits To The Skin;
- controls the anti inflammatory response in the skin
- help build the structure of the skin
- essential for repair and healing
- critical for normal skin function and oil production
- helps prevent dryness and locks in moisture
- lessens the signs of sun damage and provides anti ageing properties
Topical Benefits Omega Fatty Acids;
Omega 3 (ALA)
- regulates oil production
- increase elasticity
- helps retain moisture
- improves appearance of sun damage
- protects the skin by restoring and maintaining a healthy barrier
- essential for healthy function of the skin
Omega 9 (Oleic Acid)
- seals in moisture
- softens the skin
- anti inflammatory
Its important to make sure that we are applying the right products to our skin and getting the most out of them. Everyone should make sure they are getting enough EFAs, no matter the skin type.
- dry skin
- mature skin
- oily skin
- acne prone
- eczema & dermatitis
They help maintain the strength and shine in your hair and can also help with the absorbtion of antioxidants because of their ability to permeate the skin's barrier.
So, by choosing skincare products that include omegas and incorporating them in your diet, gives your skin the best chance at being healthy and looking healthy. If you're experiencing minor breakouts, patches of dry skin or signs of premature ageing maybe you should look at whether this might be something you're lacking.
The Vitality Super Vitamin range from the brand Nía Natural Beauty, is packed with fatty acids and anti oxidants among other natural ingredients. This is an example of products you can get that provide almost everything you might need to feed your skin from the outside. Knowing what is in your skincare products helps you to better understand what is happening with your skin. Your skincare routine is an investment in your skin, so don't be afraid to ask about ingredients or ask about certain ingredients you want to include in your routine.
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